I'm reading Deepak Chopra's "The Healing Self" after seeing him speak at the Rubin not long ago. His mission for writing this book is to "supercharge your immunity and stay well for life"
He details the health epidemic that Americans face and it's really scary. He also details one incident early on of someone who survived into her 90s with a lot of energy, more than "usual" Her secret? She lived a life fraught with divorce, anger and alienation from her children. Yet, she had a spiritual experience that changed her perspective on life. She attributed that to being at peace despite acknowledging some mistakes in her life. And that was her secret to longevity.
He also says that heart problems are most common. But how do we combat various heart diseases?
Empathy, which makes us feel what someone else is feeling
Compassion, which motivates us to extend lovingkindness
Forgiveness, which wipes the slate clean of old grievances and wounding
Sacrifice, which allows us to put someone else's good above our own
Devotion, which inspires reverence for higher values
He says, "a healing approach to the heart keeps in mind the bigger goal of wellness in life"
UMMMMMM DOES THIS SOUND familiar to you? Those are my core values in the type of submission I teach. I understood the metaphysical and holistic benefits to living a life focused on those pillars, but I never knew the direct and bottom-up application to our wellbeing, being that we can literally stop the malfunctions of the heart.
If you're more skewed towards the rational mind which most people are (and therefore, dubious/skeptical of spiritual beliefs), I recommend you read this book. None of the stuff I deal with is woo-woo. It's very, very real. Humanity is not at the state of evolution yet to fully grasp it, but it will be soon. We have a crisis of the linear mind, whereby people think they're strong and know everything when they opt to reject the right brain, the intuitive mind. But the truth is, they know nothing until they integrate both hemispheres and OPEN it. That's when expansion can happen. The most linear minded "accomplished" people by society's definition I see a lot of in my healing practices and truth be told, they know the least about themselves. They haven't even begun to explore. They're like infants in the big scheme of the world, wearing the costume of a grown up with a stellar resume. They throw their judgments around and negate anything that isn't within their limited conception of the world because it protects them. Their energies, well, they're STUCK and still. They may think they're making strides in the real world by getting that corner office or promotion, but have they really? They reach that breaking point when they realize it's all for nothing. A feeling of success is fleeting.
How about inner wellness, peace, and understanding one's place in the world? Maybe at the very least, avoiding heart diseases.