Two of my good friends and I are in the market searching for a rental or purchase property and we have a precise list of features that we are looking for in our Zen-like home. As "Mind is the forerunner of all things," the people that are connected to real estate cross our path at a higher frequency rate recently. A friend who has much success with investment properties openly shares about the ins and outs of the real estate world. As I listened to what is out there and all the related actions - buying, financing, renovating, renting and selling - and all their associated figures - market price, renovation cost, closing amount, rental price, and so forth - my mind turns inward to the most valuable house that we all carry with us - our body.
This physical body is like a house that keeps us warm, protects us from the
elements, and provides us with all the luxuries and conveniences that we need
through highly complex physiological systems. We can see, hear, smell, taste,
touch, and think at ease; that is, if we have put in the effort to maintain
this house in excellent conditions. But really, how much time and effort do we
put in to take care of this priceless house in comparison to our car or
For many of us, we dutifully change oil and follow through with various
maintenance procedures. Likewise with our house, we perform regular cleaning
and maintenance and occasional updates and renovations to increase its comfort
and value. But when it comes to our physical well-being, the energy we put into
taking care of this mobile home is often minimal in comparisons. The wisdom of
prevention as the best care is often neglected when it comes to our own health.
Too often we would run into patients at the clinic where when inquired about
their diet, their answer would be a variation of "I'll eat anything that
is put in front of me." Immediately an image popped up of what it would be
like if we just pour any type of liquids or chemicals into our precious
vehicle's engine or transmission. When asked about the length of the physical ailment, most patients' common answers are in terms of months, years or even
decades and follow-up inquiries often reveal that the delay in seeking treatments
are due to:
a) lack of awareness that a pathological condition has manifested
of knowledge of where to seek help
c) lack of time
d) lack of fund
e) lack of
f) high tolerance to pain
g) Combination of the above or All of the above
Our body is our most precious house and we normally don't take in garbage
into our car or home so why do we do that to our priceless body and knowingly
make ourselves suffer in aches and pain for months or years to come? The
garbage that we ingest into our body can be from the unhealthy foods, drinks or
intoxicants or the immaterial stress factors such as unhealthy emotions (i.e.
greed, anger, hatred, jealousy, envy, anxiety, fear) which we absorb, sustain,
and often multiple and magnify in our mind. When the Check Engine light flashes
or the faucet leaks, we immediately seek a mechanic or plumber so what about
our body when signs and symptoms point to medical attention? Unfortunately for
many of us, we are not very aware of pathological signs and symptoms. As an
example, most female patients are shocked to find out that menstrual pain is
not normal since it is so common. Any type of pain whether physical or
mental is a sign of imbalance of the body and mind so pain is like the
flashing of a Check Engine light. Likewise, any type of aches or discomfort -
stomachache, chest distention, soreness, constant heat, cold feet, loss of
appetite, etc - should be viewed as little flashing lights calling to our
attention to slow down, put on the brake, and apply a little tender loving care.
Unlike a car or a house that can be easily replaced, this body (and mind) is
too precious and should be our #1 priority in care.
In the midst of our busy daily life working with various numeric dollars and
cents and weighting out lost and gains, it is a worthwhile investment to take
the time to pay a little more attention to our physical and mental well-being.
It might be too late if we wait until we are struck with severe illness and try
to bargain with god or the doctor that we will give anything including all our
financial wealth in return for good health. Prevention is cost-effective and is
often free! Exercise is free, walking is free and meditation is free! NOW is the time to
invest in this priceless house and enjoy the return of investment of physical
and mental well-being right away. Quality of life is achieved through taking
good care of this priceless house, not the ones that can be brought and sold in
the real estate market.