The Bliss of Health is the natural expectation of our Physical being.
The vitality of health is a great fortune.
The golden key to this fortune of health is the achievement of sufficiency.
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Health is a wonderful state of bliss where one finds the absence of illness, provision, presence of physical health, fitness or abundance.
Health is vitality and fulfilment for our Physical being; it is the optimum wellbeing of our material existence.
The presence of sufficiency brings forth the Bliss of Health to the human condition.
What is Sufficiency?
Sufficiency is having enough of the necessities to sustain Life.
We achieve sufficiency whenever we have fresh air, clean water, nutritious food, suitable clothing, hygiene, personal safety, regular outdoor activity, a place to restfully sleep and remedies for sickness.
Whenever we achieve sufficiency, we optimally satisfy our primary human need for self-preservation and so experience the bliss of health.
The wholesomeness of sufficiency is humanity's greatest material achievement.
Sufficiency is the wholesomeness that lies midway between the material extremes of inadequacy (i.e. the lack of one or more basic necessities for life) and excess (i.e. consuming far more than one’s needs). In the material realm, inadequacy is humanity's greatest failure and excess is humanity's greatest fault, for they both leave one's Physical being in poverty. Poverty as defined here is a bleak state of illbeing (where without sufficiency) one finds deficiency, privation, poor health, sickness or disease. The illbeing of poverty is a global tragedy of our modern era, afflicting both the materially poor (with diseases of inadequacy) and the materially rich (with diseases of excess).
How do we achieve sufficiency?
To achieve sufficiency, we need to sustain three essential elements:
1. The Wealth of Nature
2. The Virtue of Compassionate generosity
3. The Mindset of 'Have a profound respect for Life.'
When these three elements of wealth, virtue and mindset come together, we achieve the vital gem of sufficiency. With sufficiency, we experience a great fortune that is the Bliss of Health.
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Achieving sufficiency with
The Wealth of Nature
From mountains to valleys, forests to deserts and rivers to oceans, Nature is a vast treasury of countless riches.
Nature is the original supplier of all our material wealth. The food we eat, clothes we wear, dwellings we live in, medicines we use and vehicles we travel on, are all at their source, gifts from nature.
In nature, we find all we need to achieve sufficiency. When we first understand the patterns in nature, and then develop appropriate tools to harvest the gifts of nature in a sustainable way, achieving sufficiency becomes easier and often effortless.
Achieving sufficiency with
The Virtue of Compassionate generosity
The virtue of Compassionate generosity is the sympathetic wish to alleviate suffering and the altruistic wish to give.
Compassionate generosity motivates us to give what we do not need to those who do, enabling them to achieve sufficiency and experience the bliss of health.
In times of tragedy (e.g. during natural disasters), we see this positive human quality at its best, when people come together in a spirit of compassionate generosity and help those in great material need.
Whenever we are confronted by inadequacy or excess (the causal conditions of poverty), this noble virtue motivates us to achieve sufficiency and sustain life.
Achieving sufficiency with
The Mindset of 'Have a profound respect for Life'.
We owe our existence to interdependent relationships we have with living and non-living aspects of our environment. This functional interdependence suggests that we are part of a greater whole (i.e. the whole of life). In this holistic existence, what we do to others or to our environment, we also do to ourselves.
Having a profound respect for life is to understand that even the smallest of creatures, plants or micro-organisms have a purpose in maintaining a balance for the existence and continuance of all Life.
Having a profound respect for life is also to understand that when one takes more than one’s need, one places a disproportionate stress on the delicate balance of relationships that sustain life. In disrespecting this sacred balance, one directly or indirectly threatens one’s very existence.
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
"A human being is part of the Whole... He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.”
- Albert Einstein
"We endeavoured to live with the land; they seemed to live off it."
- Tom Dystra
Beginning with the mindset of 'Have a profound respect for Life', whenever we access the Wealth of Nature and do so with the Virtue of compassionate generosity, we achieve the vital gem of sufficiency. With the achievement of sufficiency, we experience the splendid Bliss of Health.
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