Red Oak Renaissance

Cultivation of Good Health

Grassland by Moyan Brenn

The Beginning Pursuit Towards the Good Life

Cultivation of Good Health
My piece was published in the Red Oak Express – Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (Vol. 148, No. 45)

There is a reoccurring theme in which I have been surrounded by – and that is the need to cultivate good health. I use the word cultivate, because health is acquired by the development of persistent routines used to promote a status of well-being; free from mental and physical injury and illness. It is actually quite simple what needs to be done, but unfortunately we have become very distracted by modern conveniences, technologies … and even a degradation of culture and society. How much time do we allocate to meditation; and don’t let preconceived notions of meditation be off-putting. I’m not talking about quitting your job, traveling to India, and becoming a yogi to reach “enlightenment” … What I mean is, how often do you sit through a moment of self-reflection and introspection; how often do you reflect upon your thoughts, ambitions, needs, and desires? How often do you journal and/or process through a personal dialogue; to map and weave between the complications in your life? How often do you appreciate the relationships and the little things in which we start to take for granted?

So on, and so forth.

I declare we cut through our personal static and work on bringing our lives back into balance – to focus on easing the cries of our subconscious mind … and like any good mother would, nourish our beginnings. Let us start anew; let us pursue good health – because good health is the greatest of God’s gifts.

“Gnōthi seauton”


Photo credit: Moyan Brenn (Grassland)

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