The journey of the Self is often limited only to the spiritual world. Whereby you can only find yourself in spiritual exploration.
Yet, a closer look at the world’s most timeless scriptures teaches something else: that the body/physical is the vehicle. Deep within, it explains how breaking the rules of physical self-care prevents you from authentically engaging in deeper practices.
The change in thinking here is that the physical body is the container, carrier and vehicle for the eternal soul, or Self. If our physical is running at optimal, it allows us to look past the cloudiness, and cultivate self-awareness of the true self inside the vehicle.
Where our modern society’s ‘mindfulness’ focus has gone wrong is skipping past the physical, or merely thinking of it as an afterthought. It is not possible to progress towards self-mastery without it. That doesn’t mean an unhealthy obsession with the body. Rather, a reframing that the body’s health is necessary for the entire, holistic journey.
Consider the transformation formula we speak about: introspection + action.
The hardest bit about transformation is actually marrying the two together. It’s easy to introspect all day and be ‘mindful’. That’s why millions latch onto motivational talks, inspirational quotes, and talk a big game about how they will change their lives.
The hard bit is actually going out and doing the work. You have to walk the walk too. You have to do all the hard stuff that you’ve identified through your introspection. Else it’s all fluff.
If all you do is consume mindfulness chatter, you’re just wasting time and procrastinating. The problem is most of the ‘mindfulness gurus’ just promote introspection with very little in the way of action.
Transformation needs both. That’s why it’s so hard. It will hurt. It will force hard decisions, conversations, and things that will scare you. But that’s the whole point.
Similarly, action without introspection is just mindless. You will spin your wheels, and never really get down to the root cause of problems. You’ll never get rid of the past. It’s why you get those who have a great physique, yet are still extremely insecure – they’re just acting without thought.
And so without further ado, let’s dive into the latest episode, where I kick off talking about my specific journaling habit, and how I do it, then we dive into all the various mindfulness practices, and how they need to be done consciously, actively, and with a purpose to drive the maximal benefit.
“Only you have the power to change things in your life.”
- Ed Pilkington
00:00 – Intro
01:32 – Akash’s Personal Review
04:30 – Key to onboarding practices
08:38 – Speaking to your core
09:32 – Practices you should foster
14:25 – Facing stressors
17:20 – Adopting the negative identity
20:20 – Filling your life with positivity
21:58 – Ownership the journey
23:40 – Getting in the shape of your life
27:46 – Being limited by your health
29:50 – Principles of planning things
33:17 – Neurochemical explanation
36:40 – Being able to switch
39:10 – Work and life balance
44:36 – Well-being as the top-ranking priority
46:25 – The power to change your life
50:02 – Wrap up
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