Are you really paying attention to the feedback from you life? And if you don’t trust yourself, do you at least trust science enough to understand that you can diet or go to the gym all you want, and you can eat vegan or vegetarian, and you can run all of the miles in the world, but none of that will mean much if you don’t know how to be happy.
If you’re dumping stress hormones into yourself all day you might as well be sitting at home eating fatty fast food. Remember, your body is really a collection of different cells who are working together because it suits them, not you. You can go to hospitals and meet lots of people who’s own cells turned on them in a variety of ways so it’s worth it to ask, what do we mean by our cells anyway?
You are actually a super-organism. There is no You to speak of because you’re a bunch of individual cells and organisms that choose to cooperate to form your body. Everything you imagine you doing is actually done by 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 individual cells that are banding together—in their own interests—to form what you perceive to be your kidneys, or lungs, or maybe they’re in your intestines helping you digest your food. 300 million of them die every single minute, but that’s okay because you create another 300 billion every day. Just Being You generates enough heat every half-hour that you could bring half a gallon of water to a boil. This is why when you are sick you feel so tired. You’re a busy place, so when you get run down it’s noticeable.
You want those cells to be healthy so they can function at their best. To do that you have to not only eat nutritious foods, but you also have to avoid interfering with the cells you call You and what they’re trying to accomplish. This means you cannot dump the chemistry for stress on yourself constantly. That was meant for when you’re being chased by a bear or a tiger. You’re not supposed to feel that about being judged on your clothes for school, or what the guys at work will think of your truck. Do you want other people’s brain chemistry to “like” your clothes or vehicle, or do you want to Be a properly functioning super-organism?
Those new cells you get are from other cells splitting. You want that parent cell to be in a healthy state when it splits so that it creates a copy that is also healthy. If you’re bombarding your cells with the chemistry for pain and suffering and guilt and regret, or if you’re sitting around too much of the time being angry or feeling sorry for yourself, then understand that your cells are splitting and the new cell will be designed to better-receive those negative chemicals. Get enough of those and issues from weight to skin to heart will follow. But if your cells are being bombarded with the chemistry for happiness, compassion and gratitude, then the resulting cells will be better at maximizing those chemicals. Don’t build in the wrong direction. By being happy, you literally build a body that gets better and better at being happy.
You’re more like a planet than a person, and You don’t really do much. Like the earth, it’s the plants and animals and insects and microbes etc. etc. that bring the planet to life. But like the air quality or climate, our consciousness controls what conditions the creatures on our planet live under. So don’t choke them with the pollution of gossip or criticism, and don’t boil them with the heat of hatred or pride. Provide for them the fresh, open and clear space of a fresh, open and clear mind, and will have done much for your health.
Control your chemistry. Think well, eat healthy and enjoy your day. 😉
A serious childhood brain injury lead Scott to spend his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and identity. It made others as strange to him as he was to them. When he realized people were confused by their own over-thinking, Scott began teaching others to understand reality. He is currently CBC Radio Active’s Wellness Columnist, as well as a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB where he still finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.