After finishing Neil Young’s autobiography I got myself down to the library and picked up two books: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff With Your Family (which is a bit of an irony based on my current ‘family’ situation), and The Urban Monk.
Ok, so I cracked open the Urban Monk and have been inhaling its earthy goodness. So there’s a Doctor, and he gets into eastern philosophy and medicine, and does some spiritual retreats and stuff… Ok, I’ve only read a few chapters but already I can tell that it’s having and impact.
It ties in well with the doco that I watched recently called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I’m sure I blogged about that one but basically an Aussie bloke gets into juice fasting and only consumes the juice of fruit and vegies for 60 days, and loses a ton of weight, and goes off his meds due to better health.
Well, Urban Monk follows a much stricter discipline in that its not a juice fast, its a guide to modern living. This doctor has been treating people for what I would call a fucked up modern way of life.
Just think about it readers, a lot of us eat shit, don’t exercise, work too many hours, try to do to much, feel guilty when we can’t get it all done, are totally addicted to technology (sorry WP), aren’t sleeping well, are in debt beyond a reasonable ability to pay it all back in a short time, and well, a bunch of other shit. No wonder we would be masking it all with addictions, therapy and medications. Life has gotten so far from the basics that its little wonder we are anxious, stressed, overweight, and often hate the jobs that pay for the entire shit show.
So what’s the good doctor’s prescription? So far, this is what I have picked up:
- Reduce your caffeine.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Get a good nights sleep.
- Clean up your diet, stop eating all the processed shit.
- Exercise. Do weights.
- Do yoga.
- Allow yourself the opportunity to rest. Properly. Including relaxing vacation.
- Meditate. Connect with the breath.