No, it’s not what you think! We aren’t going to explore a crime scene, but I invite you to play the role of detective regarding your lifestyle, connecting the dots.
The word premeditation has a negative connotation and is generally associated with wrongdoing. But it essentially means forethought, which is clear when you take apart the word and notice the components: pre and meditation. Before I meditate, I take care of things so I can be at ease and fully in the moment, practicing what I’m supposed to. My action makes it possible for me to still my mind and not be overcome by a tsunami of thoughts, especially about things I should have done but didn’t.
Just as we plan for a crime, with all the nuances and details, outwitting our foes, we need to acquire the same mindset to predict, plan, and prevent the erosion of our quality of life and the inevitable decline of aging. While we all would take steps to cover up a murder, we often rely on luck to take care of our bodies in the present and future, assuming that somehow we’ll be ok, even if we do nothing.
Premeditation generates prevention. And prevention takes awareness and committed work. The evidence of the crime is usually in the closet, pushed aside and buried until someone opens the door. But we still feel it. We feel overwhelmed even if we don’t see anything. We enjoy mysteries and crime stories when we can be passively entertained as observers, but how often are we analytical and investigative regarding our own lifestyle?
Do you have small pains that you ignore?
Do you have dietary intolerances, like feeling bloated after eating dairy, for instance, but you still continue to eat the food?
Do you feel tired all the time but address it only with eating, often overeating?
Is wine your main method to unwind?
Do you have tension headaches and migraines that come from stress you didn’t address earlier?
Many debilitating medical conditions develop over time, taking decades to manifest symptoms. Or we can end up at the emergency room due to some small pain that snowballed when we neglected to see the clues.
We acknowledge that it’s good to clean our gutters every year, maintain our cars, and financially plan for retirement. Many of us even give more attention to our skincare routine than we give to exercise and nutrition. Yet no one wants to spend their retirement at the doctor’s office, or filled with aches and pains so it’s impossible to enjoy life. The dreams of freedom, travel, and joy require a body that’s fit and healthy, not one that’s been neglected for decades. No one can gift you good health, in this area you must make your own luck.
Many mysteries are solved with the detection of one tiny element, something that’s often invisible to others. Can you detect one small habit in your lifestyle that only you know about and is a clue to a crime against your wellbeing?
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