I keep getting underwhelmed with the research numbers of people actually wanting to change some behavior in themselves of free choice or will. It is a staggeringly small number. When you combine that the great tool maker of man has come up with so many ways to treat a symptom, rather than cure the problem. You get a plethora of choices you can make without ever really having to do much to look at yourself.
The past week I was around a bunch of doctors and scientists where some exciting discussions between the world of logic and fact met the space of spirituality and consciousness. It reminded me of an art show we did years ago about the inherent contradictions and similarity between science and religion.
Today I was up on top of a mountain with a small group of monks. I don't get the same vibe as I do with the Arizona monks, or even the New Mexico ones, but I did get a sense of how serious the journey into the spiritual realm of cleansing the heart and soul from our human condition on planet earth.
It was humbling to be around such people. There is no joking, joshing, wasted time. Once I asked a monk what his job was, and he replied, "to pray for the world. God said he would not destroy it as long as someone was praying for it." when he told me that, I realized that beyond all religions of the world a whole lot is going on in the spiritual realm and dimensions we can't see.
Now I am back off the top of the mountain in the world. The difference is night and day between the two experiences. One has a group of monks who gave up all to pray. The other was a diner people seemed as if they were lost in their own either from the parking lot to the table. Once there, it resembled more cows at feeding time than people out for a meal.
The kicker for me was when the waitress asked, "how was everything?" and walked away much like many people ask, "how are you doing?" yet they could care less and are gone before you even get to answer. The same behavior started with my waitress, and as she walked away, I said, "do you really want to know?"
She looked at me as if somehow I was bothering her day in answering her question. "ma'am. The flavor of the food is great. But the sauce is broken down, and the poached eggs are hard-boiled. I tried to touch my plate, and it was warmer than if it just came out of the dishwasher. that means it was actually prepared quite well, but was sitting on a shelf to be delivered for god only knows how long."
I am not sure if any neurons fired, if she cared, or if she couldn't read between the lines that her performance was the weak link in what could have been a great meal. It was then that I picked up what looked like a sweet muffin to take as I scouted the fishing location for my dad and lamented it was as dry as a rock. This point was my own fault, who knew cellophane wrapped muffins could look moist and be so lifeless inside?
It amazes me how humans spend on the external of life. Houses, cars, possessions, plastic surgery, makeup, clothing, and jewelry. A startling amount is spent on medicines and prescriptions because people don't seem to see the value of time in exercise, eating sensibly, and moving more. Add to it the amount of prescription and illicit medicines to alter one's state of mind, and you see just how much money is spent externally.
you also see how little time and money is spent internally for personal fitness of the heart, emotions, and soul.
We all are a bit of creature of our habits, and our past learning all adds a bit to our strengths and fears. What I am seeing is fear of being pushed on a large scale, more to control people than to allow a pathway to freedom in their hearts and souls to love. Maybe that is the plan from darkness to cover up any visible light into a person with layers of stuff? I see a bit of it with the man-made lights and worlds we live in. The light pollution on the planet will soon obliterate the view of the heavens with the naked eye.
When I was a kid, I always had a problem identifying the constellations. It wasn't until I was out in the desert far from any human light that I realized that the reason I could not clearly see the heavens was because of the light pollution of mankind.
What does this do with inner fitness? It is a bit like exercising your body. It isn't' a whole lot of fun, doesn't always seem to be easy, if you are doing it right – you are never repeating the same thing over and over, and it is straightforward for you to think of other things to do than trying to change something in yourself. Usually, the work takes so long that you don't get to see immediate results.
so why do the work?
because just like fitness and exercise, or eating healthy – over time, you will shift to a defend place where you have peace of heart and soul in a world that really might be classified as a bit insane.