Whether you live spiritually or believe scientifically, it is hard to deny the perfection of balance and efficiency that the design of the human body represents. The Bible states, “God puts our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem least important are valuable. He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others. If one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part of our body is honored, the whole body will be happy.” Corinthians I 24-26. Some of the very first scientists and philosophers recognize the existence of the golden ratio in the human body, the presence of 5 limbs, 5 appendages on each limb, 5 openings in the face, 5 organs for sensory perception. They compare the body to a complex math equation, perfectly solved. Our bodies, in most instances, start out perfectly formed, healthy and balanced.
So the body requires certain input and output to function. The more refined and careful we are about those ins and outs, presumably, the healthier we would be. Put in organic, fresh food and our bodies will absorb what it needs and discard the rest. The same sequence of events happens with breathing. Take in clean (hopefully) oxygen and exhale CO2. As things get into our bodies that aren’t optimal, such as pollutants and toxins, we have to consciously be aware of that and always working to expel the toxins, be it through natural exercise or man made ways of encouraging the detoxification process, such as hot yoga, lymphatic drainages, colonics, etc..
Doesn’t sound all that difficult or complex. So why do so many of us choose to not take meticulous care of our bodies, considering we only get one? The specific answer to that question is different for each of us. Maybe we are anxious, so we take pharmaceuticals to kill those feelings. Some have experienced sexual trauma in the past and eat to keep a simulated layer of protection between their bodies and the rest of humanity. Perhaps we have lost someone close to us so have taken up a bad habit like drinking alcohol to try and suppress the hurt and grief. No matter what past occurrences have caused the poor decisions, often identifying and acknowledging these events can allow for forward progress to begin.
At this point, after evaluating and coming to terms with their root cause, many people begin to seek information because they are ready to change. And luckily, if these changes are implemented, our bodies will respond in turn. The human body is an intuitive machine. If you listen closely to it, it will tell you what it needs. “Go for a run.” “Eat some brightly colored foods like strawberries or spinach.” “Get some sleep.” We hear these things, and don’t always listen. But we should!
Like the lion who knows what to prey on, and the bee who knows how to take his place within the colony, we are instinctual beings. So why have we have slowly and consistently quieted these instincts? Why don’t we cycle through our days, inputting healthy fuel and expending the toxins and energy that we don’t need? Whatever our personal answer, it is time to take back the power that exists within all of us. Instincts should be respected, trusted and followed. A longer, more peaceful and fulfilled life should be the motivation to start the transformation and will also be the prize. Do something you know you should do. Start today.