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Wresting Color From the Canvas: House Rule #21

Sep 24, 2017 11:52AM ● By Corey Starliper

  1. Earth is a school and daily life is our classroom

  2. Our teachers come in many forms

  3. We learn best through direct experience

  4. Failures are the stepping stones to success

  5. Lessons reappear until we learn them

  6. If we don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder

  7. Consequences teach better than concepts

  8. Only action brings ideas to life

  9. We can control efforts, not outcomes

  10. Timing is everything

  11. What goes around comes around

  12. Little things can make a big difference

  13. Play to your strengths

  14. To transform your life, change your expectations

  15. Judge with compassion

  16. Simplicity has power

  17. Life develops what it demands

  18. Every choice leads to wisdom

  19. God help those who help themselves

  20. We each have inner guidance

  21. Balancing the body is the first spiritual practice

Ugh, I hate this one...

We may not want to consider that eating only what is wholesome and nutritious is the first step to attuning with the Powers that Be, but it is--Maybe that’s why Millman addresses this as House Rule #21, instead of #1.

Many people would have stopped reading 20 posts ago, including me!

However, I have no choice but to accept this as truth, haven’t had much choice for quite awhile now. My diet is not great, but it’s a lot better than it used to be. We cannot ignore the reality that what we put into our bodies plays a major role in how we interact with the world around us. When we eat better, we feel better. When all we eat is simple sugars (thought to be eight times more addicting than heroin or cocaine), we feel sluggish, lethargic, sad, tired, and awful.

What we eat is only one aspect of balancing the body. The rest include regular exercise, meditation and self-care.

When paired with the understand that little things make a big difference, balancing the body seems a lot less daunting. For example, when you go out to eat at a restaurant, you’re apt to get a large portion regardless of what you order. If you order a salad, you’ll receive two meals worth. Ask for a go box and immediately--before you start eating--put half of your portion into the go box.

Congratulations. You’ve just locked in two healthy meals, one for the time being so you can satisfy your hunger, and one for the next day. You can also do the same thing with high calorie meals, but as long as what you order is nutritious, you’ll benefit from breaking up the calories.

Eating more of what is good and less of what is bad is one way to begin balancing the body, spending a little less and saving a little more, spending fifteen minutes walking at the gym three times a week after work will do more for your heart and your body than that one 45-minute day that you spend a week dreading.

Try it. Start small if you need to but make a start.

It helps.  

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