"True words are not beautiful. Beautiful words are not true." In the sense that much of the time we don't like to have reality shoved in our faces. The principle of this post "The Journey is NOT the thing" is something I gradually reveal to my students and clients. I practice in this way for many reasons, for starters life isn't like ripping off a bandaid, and secondly, I never know how much someone has on their plate at any given point and time. After a while of learning and knowing someone it's easier to tell when they are ready for the "real medicine". In this way I try to "Nourish without forcing" and "act without competing." Therein lies importance of tact.
The path to relaxation is not always relaxing!
The irony about our existence is that the more we develop our awareness to relax the less relaxed we feel ourselves to be. This is a result of our awareness being able to detect our tension better than before. Keeping at the practice will eventually lead to a feeling of greater relaxation, but initially there will be a bump in perceived tension. In this way the path seems to be different than the result.
In terms of health this view is extremely evident, for one reason. Many of us have thrown ourselves off the path of health for a long time. Therefore, jumping back on the train seems very strenuous, arduous, and with much mental strife. It seems we have to tear ourselves away from what we enjoy and latch onto the health we should've been maintaining all along. Again much like the case with relaxation the initial response is difficulty and a lot of pain in changing our habits, but in time things will calm down after we can pull ourselves out of the proverbial psychological muck.
After this climb out of the quicksand things become much easier. I always advocate a gentle transition and change, my view is that which is slowly gained is rarely lost, if ever.
After achieving a balanced healthy lifestyle it is, and similarly it is not, as many people perceive health to be. From the outside looking in you see a person of vibrant health, happy, with enough energy to do all they desire to do, etc... but from the inside life feels as though it always had except with one thing missing... PAIN! Balance in life feels no different than the life before it, it's simply unhindered. Much of this is due to it being a gradual progress, however, there are still ups and downs, successes and failures, but your ability to react and adapt to them becomes much easier. A more fluid life is a more healthy life.
So a balanced lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle. The journey of it is keeping the balance, and health is not having anything weigh you down. This applies into every realm//sphere of your life. The ability to keep juggling your life is reliant on how well you have balanced yourself internally. It is not necessarily the actions and "the juggling" per se, but the ability to catch and release fluidly. This is the path of health, building a strong foundation for the rest of your life by training the attributes to properly catch and release.
Daniel R. Hyde
Licensed Massage Therapist
OIF, OEF Veteran
U.S. Marine Corps
Tui Na, Chinese Massage
Shiatsu, Japanese Massage
Tai Chi Chuan
Kwan Ying Do Kung Fu