People monitor their cholesterol levels, their blood pressure, their iron level, their blood sugar level, and their BMI. They monitor other physical issues based on family history, age, sex, race, and individual health concerns.
People are focusing on the wrong health issues. Here are the areas that people should monitor for optimal health (the order is not important):
- Interactions with other people. (Too little interaction undermines emotional and spiritual health.)
- Rhythmic breathing that is varied and appropriate for the body’s activities.
- Consumption of nutritious and satisfying foods. (Focusing on foods that are bereft of nutritional value or are lacking in the aspects that naturally gratify [for example, fat-free foods] undermine physical, emotional, and intellectual health.)
- Participation in physical activities that bring joy and challenge. (Participation in physical activities that are not enjoyed undermines emotional and spiritual health.)
- Attention to self-needs. (Ignoring one’s needs damages all the aspects of balanced health. This area does not mean self-centeredness. It means self-support.)
- Sensitivity to environmental concerns. (Disregard for plant life, water sources, and conditions for animal rearing undermines the grounding of the world and damages physical and intellectual health.)
- Full engagement in life—filling life with attention to the possibilities and gifts available to grasp.
The tests and chases after physical symptoms are easier to do, but are not the real issues that should be followed. The real issues that should be monitored and cared for are the focuses of true living.