Do you know you constantly battle with 3 enemies every moment of every day?
I know I do. Those 3 enemies never leave my side. They are my constant companions, whether I am awake or half asleep.
They tempt me from every corner. They rob my physical, mental and emotional health. They create a gaping hole in my spiritual health. The more I give into those 3 temptations, the bigger is my loss of health in all the 5 personality domains – Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social and Spiritual.
The 3 enemies keep me on a roller coaster of thinking that I do and that I care, all the while tempting me to indulge because I can.
Growing impatient to know what they are? Any guesses?
Well, impatience is certainly not one of them, all though, it can be a result of one of them.
OK!! No more suspense – Here they are. Ready???
The 3 enemies that rob your health are………………..(drum roll)
HURRY, WORRY & CURRY
It’s not a joke. You read it right. Hurry, Worry & Curry are the 3 enemies that rob your health. Those are not my invention. They are as said by Sai Baba. All I am doing is trying to elaborate on them – one by one.
Enemy No.1 – HURRY
Hurry – robs me of my physical and mental health. How?
When I hurry……..
- I forget
- I make mistakes
- I can trip and fall and injure myself
- I am impatient
- I am frustrated
- I get anxious
- I get irritated at little inconveniences
Love is a distant companion.
Truth tangos between little white lies and blatant lying to outright exaggerations.
Right Action and Peace jump out of the window due to anxiety and fear.
And – Mild Violence will be a happy comrade.
Yes, Hurry does all that and more. Hurry keeps me in a constant flurry of activity and I collapse at the end of the day exhausted physically as well as mentally, only to start all over again the next day.
I hear you say – but we have to hurry to keep up, to do everything that we HAVE to do. If we don’t hurry, life will run us over and shove us aside.
We have to hurry to…
- catch the next bus/train/appointment
- finish the next thing
Because, we don’t have time. We are late etc etc
Hurry to catch up? does it make sense – NO.
But we do hurry – if not physically, mentally. When we are a zillion miles far mentally, but physically here, do I need to describe the impatience, irritation and frustration that results in exhaustion, energy depleted and ultimate breakdown?
So, is there an antidote to this. Of course there is.
I know you are hurrying to get to the end of the post, so you can find out what remedy I have to suggest.
Slow down………. I am going to show you the remedy
S L O W D O W N
Yes, that is the remedy.
Deliberately, Consciously, Intentionally –
S L O W D O W N
B R E A T H E – DEEPLY IN………………… EXHALE OUT LOUD (PHEW……………………….)
Sorry, if I am deliberate in writing this. But the only remedy for hurry is slowing down. Is that enough? Its a start.
We need to slow down physically as well as mentally and plan ahead.
Nothing new here but we don’t make time to do it because if we are not hurrying we are not accomplishing.
When our bodies are tired, we don’t have the energy to get up earlier than necessary, we don’t have the energy to plan ahead and so the cycle continues.
So, first steps:
- Deliberate and conscious deep breathing will ease the hurry mentally. Meditation of course will yield enormous benefits. But deep breathing is a start.
- Planning as we all know, gains us time. With easy breathing, plan the next day before hand. This gives control and help slow us down physically.
The benefits of these will flow on to help with the other 2 enemies
Stay tuned for Enemy No. 2 – WORRY.
Now don’t hurry in your waiting for the next post – will you.
Until next week – BREATHE & SLOW DOWN
With Love and Respect