Mens Sana in Corpore Sano
For most of my life I have had the vague impression that something was wrong with me. That I didn’t quite fit in. That I was different from everyone else. It’s not until recently that I discovered I have been suffering from something called Borderline Personality Disorder for most of my life. It was then that I made what I think is the wisest decision of my entire life; I would get myself well.
I’m so good at beginnings, but in the end I always seem to destroy everything, including myself. ~ Kiera Van Gelder
Fairly obviously, I had no really clever ideas when it came to mental self-help, so I decided to begin by trying to be physically healthier and fitter. I sort of invented a fitness programme, which had some dramatic results, like I lost 18 pounds of excess weight in 6 weeks.
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories. ~ Plato
Very recently, something very interesting has been happening to me. As well as being physically fitter and healthier, I am also getting well from these Borderline Personality Disorder personality defects, or negative character traits, or bad habits, or whatever you want to call them.
This recovery from suffering from mental ill-health to enjoying mental health, has almost exactly matched my recovery from physical ill-health to physical health. It’s not that I was physically sick before. The fact is I was just not physically healthy, in the same way that most of modern society is not physically healthy. Like most people I was a little overweight, my blood pressure was far too high, I wasn’t eating right, I was drinking too much coffee, for a while I had been drinking far too much booze, I wasn’t getting enough exercise… But now, I have turned my unhealthy lifestyle around into something much better and much healthier, including eating a mostly Paleo Diet. (The dish pictured opposite is Thai salmon in foil )
Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. If you have a healthy lifestyle, your diet and nutrition are set, and you’re working out, you’re going to feel good. ~ Jason Statham
Now, as my physical body is becoming fitter and healthier, so my mind and spirit are becoming fitter and healthier. Dramatic improvements in my mental and spiritual health have exactly matched the improvements in my physical health. I’m not only physically, mentally,and spiritually well, I now also believe in myself. I know I am not strange or different. Now I am confident and happy in just who I am.
Just like your body and lifestyle can be healthy or unhealthy, the same is true with your beliefs. Your beliefs can be your medicine or your poison. ~ Steve Maraboli
The Ancient Greeks and the Romans knew all about this more than a couple of thousand years ago. Hence the Latin quotation above. Mens Sana in Corpore Sano ~ a healthy mind in a healthy body.
To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~ The Buddha
I firmly believe that I cannot have good health in just one aspect of my being, without also being healthy in the other two. To be well, I need to be fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit ~ just one or two out of three can’t and won’t work.