BENEFITS OF HPT No 6
SLOW – FAST
How does the song go? “Slow down, you’re going too fast, got to make the morning last … “
As in my favourite season of Autumn leading into Winter when the Earth slows down and begins to allow itself to recuperate, we propose something not mentioned so far in HPT, but which comes under its broad banner that we find most beneficial in managing ourselves.
As Humans we are fortunate that we have the two systems, one conscious and the other unconscious or sub-conscious, that give us the opportunity to engage in life then to recuperate in meditation and sleep. Our autonomic system allows us to breathe, for blood to circulate and for all of our internal systems to go on working whatever we may get up to, within reason.
We can live a life that stretches our systems to the point where they can function no longer with inevitable consequences, or we can aid our minds, spirits and hence our bodies to function at an Ideal Standard of Health, and one of those ways is to follow our daily purpose through HPT, bringing all our systems into harmony.
In addition however there is a weekly process that we find fits so well when we wind down for a day with a fast. By that we mean trying to give up all the tiresome tasks like work or strenuous play, television, radio or video to make it truly a day of rest for the whole self. Tiresome because of its often unwanted effect on the body, through stress.
Many concentrate on just a lack of food but a true fast should be a letting go and giving up of as much as possible. However if like us, you now need to take a medication then a very small amount of food may be desirable so as not to stress the inner self. Whatever is right for you is right for you. There are no rules only recommendations, hopefully to help.
We find an occasional fast of giving up one meal as and when we feel like it works for us to keep weight and general health where we want it.
A day of relaxation of body, mind and spirit is the aim when all systems can come to that point of harmony within. No stress should be incurred here. If you find you are unable completely to rest and need to raise your blood sugar level in order to be comfortable, then do so gently and easily with just enough to keep you stable.
We manage very well with fruit and nuts to break the fast and take the pills, a light lunch with fermented foods and as much water, coffee or green tea to drink during the day as is comfortable to flush the system, and a healthy dinner in the evening with a small glass of red wine, containing resveratrol for the heart.
We all know when we overdo any aspect of our living that is unhelpful for us in one way or another, and again as with any aspect of HPT, there should be no stress involved, but a conscious understanding and a willingness to change to a better way. This is where you known what suits you best and it is up to you to choose the best way, and remember that if you leave out or overindulge on any aspect the only one you are fooling is you!
We find that the digestive system benefits from a time of reduction, the essential inception of the immune system, and because the day is one of relaxation with at most a good spiritual book, a walk in the woods or exercise when at any or all times HPT can take its rightful place, it extends throughout the day with all its other benefits coming our way.
May it come your way too.
Hanukah & the Angel