Even Treadmills Can Be Dangerous
people, in considering fitness activities, don't calculate the most
important -- which is the risk-to-benefit in doing anything. Mountain
climbers have a tendency to fall from great heights -- and those who
love water sports, have a possibility of drowning. Treadmills force one
to move at a greater rate than they are inclined to. People usually
meet their end, doing what they usually do -- whether they like it or
not. That's just a fact of life -- and living.
one should spend as much time doing what they truly think is worthwhile
-- and do that until the very end. Just watching television, or
smoking as one primary activity, robs time and energy from better
pursuits. These days, that might be isolating oneself with one's own
thoughts -- while absenting oneself from their actual environment, and
what is happening in their immediate vicinity. That can be dangerous.
Particularly if one is driving a car.
that does not mean one should be afraid of everything, or doing
anything. One just has to realize the risks -- that there can be danger
in anything -- even running on a treadmill. Much less dangerous, is
just moving one's body -- relative to itself. Moving the body -- in
relationship to external measures, has been the traditional measure of
activity -- rather than the internal change of directly improving one's
health, which surely, is likely to be more meaningful. That is, the
measure of productivity is effecting movement within the body
(circulation and respiration), rather than moving a weight a certain
distance in an amount of time.
actually has very little to do with producing the desirable effects in
sustaining lifelong growth, while it could retard it greatly through
injury and even death. But long before that, one can see the success or
failure, in the changing health of an individual -- whether they are
improving, or deteriorating (disintegrating) -- most notably at the
extremities of the head (neck), hands and feet. Those qualities can
usually be determined by the obvious appearance of decreasing vitality
and expression -- and measured on performance scales as cognition
(mental functioning), grip strength, and balance (foot strength). Those deteriorations, compromise one's level of functioning in all one does -- and even thinks of doing, anymore.
nearly as possible, one's conditioning activities, should be as close
to their actual usage as possible -- rather than thinking that one grows
more proficient, by doing something that has no real world equivalent
in practical matters. One is not simply trying to become the best at
the treadmill -- which is the embodiment of activity with no purpose --
but has become the gold standard for so many. It makes one's heart beat
faster -- but so could so many other things, with much more usefulness.
seems to me that one of the greatest, most useful activities, is to
deliberately and systematically optimize the circulation to those parts
of the body most vulnerable to the lack of circulation produced by
non-use -- and not taking it for granted that that happens just because
the heart beats faster -- or at all. The characteristic of effecting a
greater flow, is producing an alternating condition of contraction and
relaxation (expansion) in any muscle, which is the pumping effect that
is distinctive of the heart, but also capable by any muscle conditioned
to produce that same rhythmic effect.
the body, that is the single most useful "work" that can be done -- to
maintain and increase one's health, and produce all those other
desirable effects of improved appearance and functioning. The
cardiovascular flow, has to be effected by the neuromuscular flow of
impulses that cause that change in state, and greatest range of
expression from the relaxed to the greatest contraction -- beginning at
the extremity of which there is that deliberate firing to invoke.
that, means the typical failure of the extremities to maintain their
capabilities, despite the amount of increased work one may be demanding
of the heart alone -- which was never designed to do it all. This is
particularly true for those suffering from the deteriorating conditions
that begin at the extremities of their body -- and working its way back
to the heart because of these circulatory failures -- until the heart
may be the only well-serviced and well-functioning organ, even while all
else has failed. Obviously, that is even a greater failure than death
itself. Unfortunately, that is an increasing possibility is such a
singularly misguided focus on the value of conditioning activities --
which should be to increase the range of one's activities and
competencies, and not just the one while the rest languish and
deteriorate into a horrible end.
greater life, is much greater -- and not just the one, out of
proportion to all the others. That sense of disproportion and
imbalance, invariably leads to unforeseen catastrophic results. Life is
the whole -- and not just the part, however important we ascribe to
it. It is the complete development that has always been the objective
of every conditioning (educational) program worthy of its time and
The Karma (Aging) of Our Lives
All that one does -- is the person they are, and become. That is the significance of growing "old" -- or better and wiser. Obviously, if one doesn't learn to live their lives better, they will suffer for it -- because there is a cause for everything, and is related to everything else -- and not that nothing is related to anything else, and so one can feel free to do anything they think they can get away with -- because nobody will know any difference. Life doesn't work that way. There are consequences to every action, thought and deed -- even if nobody else is watching (knows), because that has never been a requirement for why things happen.
The good or bad, is how well one ages. It all comes home to roost, and take root, as the course of the rest of their days. It does matter what one eats, how one exercises, the excesses one indulges in, the risks one takes, the damage they do, or the good nobody else witnesses -- that all becomes the person they are throughout life, and especially, at the end of it.
A few will know what to do -- to all the challenges of their lives, and continued viability and well-being, while many, will have no clue what to do with every incident (crisis) that arises in their lives. They never learned how to solve a problem, and never thought it was important to -- because somebody else would do all those things for them. That's when many lives unravel, or are revealed for what they truly are.
That's when the truth comes out -- what one has really been doing -- and not just what one would have others believe. By then, it is too late and too overwhelming to undo all the damage one has done to their own lives -- if one continues as one always has. But one can change what one always has done before -- and in that manner, create a whole new course for their lives. But that change, will not come about just continuing to do what one has always done before -- thinking there can be a different result than the one that always has been before. That's not how life works.
Life works in the way we make it work -- as the practice and conditioning of our lives. We get good at what we actually do -- and practice. If that is merely to make life harder and more difficult for ourselves and others -- then being around such a person, will not be pleasant and avoided by most people. So of course the eventual result of "conditioning" activities that make every effort harder and more difficult, is not to make one stronger -- but to make one not do it, especially when healthful activities and movements (conditioning) would be most beneficial -- when even a little would go a long way, while doing nothing, is the problem, and makes it worse. But such people don't know how to make what they have to do possible; they only know how to make it more difficult, and therefore, impossible, not to mention painful.
They convince themselves that the ONLY way to learn, or do anything, is the hard way, and to make it increasingly harder and more difficult, as though somehow at the end, everything they know to be true, is miraculously reversed -- as though that was the way of the world. So they believe to achieve anything in life, one has to do the opposite -- as though that was some guarantee of anything, and are surprised, when nothing turns out as it should -- and that is what they think life is, just a random crapshoot -- in which nothing happens as they would like it to -- and that is what "getting old" is all about.
In such societies, there obviously are no (role) models for successful aging -- but everyone inevitably and invariably turns into monsters -- and as the old "fairy tales" had them, they ate young children who were careless or foolish enough to venture near them. The wise simply avoided them. Hopefully, we live in a more enlightened time when we can make better discriminations of those who aren't so predatory on others BECAUSE they exhibit great independence and self-sufficiency not to suck on the lifeblood of the young and vital -- as the only way they know how to be.
That is the future that makes longevity meaningful and fulfilling, and not just getting invariably and incessantly worse -- without any prospects for life getting any better. The ultimate test of all that one has learned, is the preparation for this life at full maturity -- when they each must go their own way, answering to themselves more than any others. All of life before then, is just a preparation for a life in maturity. The end of immaturity, is not the end of life -- but the beginning of this new way of being, which every society in history, has hoped to create and manifest.
It is not simply the continuation of the old way of doing anything -- at any stage of life. It is to create something wholly, and wonderfully new and different -- as the fulfillment of that society. So obviously, it is not just going back to the old ways of a hundred years ago, or as some pride themselves, in going back to the cave-man era -- as though they knew everything there was to know back then, and worth knowing. All those people lived short, brutal lives -- so that is no blueprint for a future of extended lives of unimagined fulfillment beyond foraging for their daily survival.
We've long passed that life at the constant brink -- to retain that as our highest ideal of what is now possible. All this is built, on what has gone on before -- and what we hope to take to the next level. Obviously, at this time, the great challenge for individuals as well as society, is how do we make the "golden years" of our lives, the best ever? That is wholly possible -- and not simply, how do we make the best of what life has always been before, that always ends so sadly? Can there be a different ending? All signs point to it -- as the inevitable development of these times.
Why We Grow Old
It's not so much age -- as it is whether a person is constantly improving, or constantly getting worse. The surest way for things to get worse, is to deny that there is any problem -- because then one doesn't seek a solution but accepts the problem, as the way things ought to be -- ie. "just getting old."
All of life is a problem we need to solve. The challenges are different at different times in our lives -- but we still have to rise to that challenge every day of our lives. That IS life. That is what all life faces, and when they can no longer meet that challenge, they perish -- quite understandably. That is the way of the world.
Most of the problems that people accept as the normal, are conditions they can do something about -- but are conditioned (educated) to accept them as normal by whatever peer group says it is so. That's why it is good to have a diversity of exposures rather than the consensus that everybody has to be that one way -- of inevitably and invariably getting worse, but maybe going into denial about it.
Some can and do get better -- but not necessarily in the old and familiar ways. Younger is not necessarily better. Better is something else entirely different -- and not just more or less of the old and familiar. And that is the mistake many of the old make -- in wanting to go back to their youth -- instead of exploring and creating the greater life ahead, which no one taught them to do, or was possible, so they don't do it, and can't imagine it possible, or another way.
That is the very crux of the problem.
Appreciate What You Have
The greatest attainment and the key to life, is making the most of what one has -- rather than desiring, and even attaining, insatiable more, which as wise people realize, always is a little more -- no matter how much they have.
That is the first consideration, and not the last, for those who want to be efficient at personal problem solving -- before one can go out and save the world. One has to first direct that improvement to one's personal problem solving -- before it can be effectively scaled to solving the larger problems. Obviously, solving the problems of one's own health, should be the primary director in every life.
That is what it means fundamentally, to appreciate what you have -- to make it greater. That's the meaning of the word -- "to make greater." That is what appreciation does. Once we understand that, we can make a little into infinity. But we can never do that, if we can never appreciate what we already have -- to make it more.
That is particularly the problem of health in older people -- who think they can get better, without doing anything about it. Of course what one does makes a difference, and all of life is not just a random walk in each lifetime -- "signifying nothing."
Jesus said, "I give you talents, but you have to make them greater." Or you lose them. That's the difference between those in good health, and those in failing health -- whether they are getting better. If they aren't, there is no hope -- because it is just a matter of time... But most people can control their own health and destiny to a remarkable degree and extent -- but they have to find out themselves to know the actuality that is their reality. Finding out for oneself, is the quest of a lifetime -- at any time of life. That is the secret.
The Answer is Out There
The Great Realization is that we know far less than what we don't know -- or think we do. Just because we don't have the answer, doesn't mean that nobody does. It may even be that what we think is hard and difficult, is really very simple and easy -- but our conditioning (education) is to think that everything is hard, and requires years to learn -- especially if the "educator's" job, is their own lifetime job security -- for as long as they can convince their students, that nothing else is possible -- for everything that can be known, has already been discovered, as though knowledge were always a thing of the past, and not the future work of humankind.
For surely, that is the work of everyone -- and not just a self-selected and designated few. It was not always that way, and among the oppressive individuals and societies what makes them distinctive and dangerous as the world becomes more populous. We no longer live and organize to conquer and vanquish every other -- particularly those who do not believe as they do, and demand that everyone does on forfeiture of their lives, as they deem necessary.
That is true even of societies that consider themselves "enlightened" -- as they predictably do -- justifying all actions to enforce their "consensus." Formerly, they owned the machinery of control and propaganda, and so could be fairly successful -- especially in the schools of indoctrination to convince the young and impressionable, that they did know "everything there is to know." But the answers, are not just what they control, and even create -- but the actualities every individual life creates for themselves. That is what is real, and happening, at every moment in time.
How much we know of it depends of every individual's openness to those possibilities -- that they may not know everything there is to know, or even the little to solve the problems of their own daily living -- before presuming to solve all the great problems of human existence -- for everybody else. Invariably, those who never solve the problems of their own living are "too busy" solving the problems of everybody else -- and so there is no time left over for the selfish pursuits of "cleaning up their own act," and in that way the proper work of the world is left undone while much that is unnecessary and counterproductive have highest priority.
And things just get worse, year after year, unfailingly -- even calling it "paradise," or the "Best of all Worlds. " They may not convince everybody of that, but they convince enough people to make that their "localized" reality -- and all that can be known. Dissenters from those lockstep truths, are purged, or purge themselves -- in moving to more agreeable conditions rather than accepting that life can be no other way.
Those are the brutal struggles of societies of the past -- hoping to remain in that past, rather than discover the future in which those problems and difficulties that have tormented humankind for time immemorial, are solved, because that's what people do, and live their lives to do. Either that, or they just accept the lives that were handed down from the past, and go no further -- as the unwritten taboo -- of where no one should go.
Information used to be scarce and hard to come upon -- and societies were organized to maintain that situation as the competitive advantage for those who got there first, even if it meant exploiting their own progeny -- because that is what they were convinced, was what everybody did, from time immemorial -- and that was their fate and destiny too.
Now we know that if we don't know the answer, it is that we haven't asked the right persons -- even if we have to find that out for ourselves rather than just accepting what we know that doesn't work -- as the be-all, end-all of that matter. Those capabilities are programmed and designed into the very tools we use -- not just to hammer nails or threaten others into seeing things the way they would like us to, or even telling us what they know but arriving at the essential question, how do we know? -- and beginning beyond that.
Thinking Through Time
Truth reveals itself in time. That -- which is false, will fail the
test of time. In all probability, it will just be forgotten and
ignored, because there is no payoff for sustaining the belief-- with no
facts to substantiate it -- until maybe some time in the future, when
someone revives the old as the new -- for one more time, to those who
haven't heard it before.
There is always a fresh class
of recruits who will revive an old fallacious idea, thinking it merely
failed before -- for the lack of trying, and not that it was recognized
as a bad idea -- with good reason. For that reason, many think the
secret to youth, is doing the things one did as a youth -- with
realizing, that is what caused them to lose that youth -- or they
wouldn't be trying to regain it. So one can't simply do what they did
at their prime -- thinking that is all that is necessary to remain so --
indefinitely, because those peak performances, also have (had) a cost,
even if it was one they were willing to pay at any price -- thinking
that was all they needed to attain "immortality" -- in whatever hall of
fame was important to them.
In that way, many sacrifice
their health (and sanity) -- for that moment of fame and glory -- for
as long as they can, which no matter how long, will only be momentarily
in the greater scheme of things -- which is their greatest life, at
every stage of it -- and not extinguishing it prematurely, in going
beyond the point of no return or resuscitation. That has always been a
difficult balance for those trying to fine-tune to their optimal lives.
misjudgments, take the lives of many too soon, while many others are
waylaid onto a path of lifelong dysfunction, criminal and antisocial
behavior -- never seeing the light of what they are doing, seeing the
consequences of their actions -- which requires other people to do it
for them. But the efforts of all the others, can never be enough, if
one thinks their part, is to oppose all the others -- in a relentless
struggle and competition -- as though that's what life was all about.
may be so in prisons and restrictive cultures limiting one's choices --
but obviously not the case in a society and environment of the greatest
choices and freedom to make those choices without duress and biases.
For many nurtured in an oppressive condition, the very thought that one
can choose without limit -- was never a possibility they were prepared
to encounter in life, and so their instinct, is to destroy it for
everyone else also. Only in that way, could they achieve a competitive
advantage in playing the "only game in town" allowed.
that one has to buy every "latest, greatest thing," but one should be
open to the possibility that there are other things, than just the one
way they were thought -- and punished for thinking any other. By that,
some think that the only way they can win, is to cheat -- even when it
is not necessary to gain that advantage. That is the only way they know
how to play the game -- which obviously has to result in chaos and anomie in society, as well as breakdowns and crises in individual lives, they even think is the normal process of aging -- rather than taking full responsibility for their bad choices, and resolve not to change.
course it is an untenable position to maintain and defend -- despite
all the information to the contrary. The only hope, is that one will
change, and when they can't, their situation is hopeless and
unsustainable. So one asks, "What is a sustainable?" -- and not that,
"It won't matter because I won't be here to see it -- so why should I
care?" That attitude allows them to evade the responsibility and
ownership for everything going on in their world -- to which they are
just a tourist, having no right to determine the course of that
culture. One's total responsibility, is to "Enjoy," as though that were
an end in itself.
Such people are lost, and will never care about anything of significance and consequence -- because they are not producers of anything, but only consumers
after all the work has been done. And so they think it's always been
there -- just for the taking, and become skilled and clever at "taking
more than their fair share," as all they become good at.
a person produces everything, or most of it, certainly they are
entitled to all or most of it -- and not rather, that they should be in
line like everybody else, or even as they now will insist, for that very
reason, should stand in the back of the line because they are capable
of producing even more. That's how societies and individuals, begin to
fail in time -- because that is not a sustainable society.
One ultimately will reap what they sow -- even if they don't like the results. But rather than ignoring or denying the results, the wise individual, uses that information to determine what they do next -- and keep improving, as their way of life.
Going With The Flow (of Information)
Probably the greatest difference between the Old Mind and the New Mind of the 21st Century, is that the old mind was conditioned to work against the information presented -- as though it was in competition against it -- rather than allowing that information to work and manifest through them. That old mind, was particularly conditioned to think that all the information of others, was also to be regarded as against them -- and never allowing that any information could be used mutually.
That is probably best expressed in the notion that one has to beat the market -- or beat all the other participants in the market (activity), because they were conditioned to believe that the only way they could win, was for everybody else to lose -- and never that what could be useful and valuable to one, might also benefit every other.
That mentality of course, sets one up against every other, at every opportunity -- whether the situation calls for it or not. In such a framework, information is used only as a weapon against all the others, rather than as a tool for everyone to access as needed, and as such, does not needed to be accumulated and/or hoarded, but is abundant and reaffirmed in each use.
This particularly becomes a problem as one ages in this manner of thinking -- because it makes the world and environment one is operating in, invariably hostile, and so one's energies are increasingly and endlessly consumed in protecting one's "hoard," or "turf" -- with little remaining energy and resources available to take in any new information -- in that moment, which is of course, is the reality of the situation, and not merely the memory of a past situation (knowledge) and response. Such people noticeably, are always living in the past, or even future, but never in the present -- even as much as they will frequently remind themselves, to live in the present (moment).
The very fact that they fragment their reality into the past, present and future, is already an indication that there is no perception of the totality of information with no such divisions. The present information, implies the past and the future, and so is unnecessary to consider, as additional information -- rather distracting and detracting from their attention to the relevant -- which of course, is this particular moment -- unlike all the others.
Such an orientation, is a fresh mind -- allowing one to reach conclusions and responses one has never before -- instead of merely repeating only what they have done every time before -- whether the situation and/or information, merited it. As such, their perceptions and therefore responses, are a private reality or fantasy they increasingly withdraw to -- in preference to increasing their exposure to whatever the outcome or information is now telling them -- and which now requires an adequate and appropriate response. But that is frequently not forthcoming, because such minds are absorbed in the old, which has less and less to do with actual realities anymore -- so immersed has one become in their own thoughts and memories, which is not an inevitable part of aging, but certainly a certain path to it -- at any time and age.
One simply has made up their minds, and is determined never to change it -- no matter what information comes into view -- because that is one's intention, and not going with the flow of information and outcomes constantly monitoring and reassessing -- so as to actually improve the situation for increasing benefit -- and not despite and in spite of "no matter what" happens. That is the distinguishing feature of the primitive (old) mind, from today's emerging fully-integrated, and integrating, actualizing healthy individual. They are so by acting in concert with all the information -- and not just that small part that they would like to take as the whole -- in preference to it, which of course is reality -- and the only one that counts.
In simpler terms, that is going with what works -- rather than superimposing their idea of what should in preference to actual outcomes, and adopting mere repetition as their truth -- over any other feedback. So it is enough to think that simply repeating what they have always done before, is doing all they can do, even if it is not working, or creating the desired (optimal) results -- rather than paying attention to the outcome, as the totality of what they now must respond to -- and in that manner, things greatly improve, rather than staying the same, or more than likely, getting immeasurably worse over time -- which they blame on "aging," rather than accept the truth that they need to change, and thus can improve, and continue to do so all their lives.
That is obviously the right approach -- and not simply doing what one has always done before, thinking there will be some miraculously different result. Every outcome, is simply more information -- one should not ignore, in preference for only that they want to believe. That "solves" the problem every time. That aligns them with reality -- from which the truth is manifested through them, and flows.