This blog post has been a long time coming. A real long time ̶ it’s been brewing for 55 years. For most of that time discussion was limited, real limited. Only a year ago did certain internal pressures convince me it was time to quit hiding. Even then it’s taken a year to overcome decades of self-protective resistance for saying too much in public.
Joe Campbell used to advise us: “Follow your bliss and the world opens up to you.” I’ve learned the truth of that motto in personal, experiential form in the past year. Corollary to Joe’s remark is that when you don’t follow your calling by living an authentic life, then you pay for it.
In all honesty I’ve beaten around the bush about unleashing a name I invented nearly 20 years ago: BodhiBuilding. Bodhi is ancient Sanskrit meaning awake & awakening whereby one gains wisdom. No, not facts, data, ideology or dogma ̶ wisdom, a kind of knowing of your self, of your mind and emotions, a knowing bestowing peace and certainty. In that regard, wisdom is not something you learn from books, lectures, podcasts or other sources external to yourself. Wisdom is won by following methods taking you into depths of yourself which ordinary knowledge is clueless about. Wisdom arises from living by principles and techniques of self-mastery, hence bestows an uncommon freedom and imperturbable, fearless inner knowing.
Sound vague or airy fairy? That’s precisely why I’ve kept it to myself other than to a close circle of friends. The pressures of our times reflected in an absence of leadership in genuine, authentic health and fitness care mandate making wisdom known ̶ and underscore providing learning opportunities whereby individuals can become inner directed in understanding preventative self-care emphasizing fullest flowering our genome’s inherent wisdom for thriving in exuberant vitality. As things stand, government and insurance endorsement of vast cartels of monopolies whose inferior processed food makes us sick, of sedentary living breaking down the integrity of genomically determined healthy metabolism, and a medical-industrial system which hopelessly maintains unnecessary illness by prolonging life with erosive degeneration are simply unacceptable. So too is a fitness industry out of touch with contemporary research findings in which our genome is telling its story, is voicing its natural requirements for thriving, exuberant living.
Yes, wisdom sounds extremely airy fairy, but only because we’ve learned to discount our feelings, our intuitions, our inner sense that something’s missing hence something’s not right. We’re trained to invest our emotions in external authorities, thereby displacing any inward sense of credibility. Our feelings just aren’t legitimate. Kowtow to the experts ̶ and you’re clearly not an expert about your self, about your body, about your mind, about your vitality. Since we’ve learned to NOT trust our intuitions, any suggestion of regaining and renewing that inner well spring of wisdom is discredited as airy fairy.
The genomic revolution is making great strides, largely in exercise physiology. I sincerely hope for a merging of medical physiology and exercise physiology bringing about a comprehensive understanding of the wide spectrum from therapeutics to peak performance. Even more so, I hope such a spectrum of vitality redefines health as a vacuum like condition of absence of disease to one articulating the presence of robust, thriving passion for life. Only then will we have a comprehensive vision of life rooted in nature.
BodhiBuilding emphasizes Original Nature, Essential Wisdom. It does so by emphasis on Three Pillars of Fitness/Wellness. All three are integrative aspects of a whole, healthy living organism. You can’t do just one or two. None are a primary cause, and all three are inseparably interrelated.
One is nutrient dense whole foods. That’s a phrase full of ambiguity. Whole foods includes supplementary items including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and a range of nutriceuticals constantly being discovered in laboratories. While I love the Paleo movement, I’m painfully aware that it’s not up to speed with complimentary and alternative medicines which often treat nutrient deficiency disorders with nutrients, herbs, even hydrochloric acid to offset lack of its production due to compromised ‘foods’. Nutrient dense is not as simple as organic foods. Especially not with those past 30 or 40 with compromised metabolisms.
Pillar two is robust physical activity, and item gaining incredible provisioning from genetic based evolutionary exercise physiology laboratories. The majority of our fitness ideas are hand me downs from the 20th century’s pre-genome era. Since the late 1970s, the fitness industry has increasingly pandered commercial theories of training, not scientific ones, to an unsuspecting public ready to part with cash in hope of salvific restoration of some degree of fitness. From the late 1980s it was established that muscle wasting is primary to metabolic syndrome, and that the key to avoiding non-infectious, non-communicable degenerative diseases lies in maintaining muscle mass, which for most means gaining attractive, shapely lean muscle mass. In the past decade we’ve come to understand two dimensions of resistance training, and application of sarcoplasmic muscular development to be of primary importance in the muscle building/maintaining war against disease. That’s a new paradigm in training, and I’m one of it’s paradigm pioneers.
The third pillar is called Noetics since there’s no unique name for it yet. Noetics is describable as auto-regulation, as voluntary control of the autonomic nervous system, and a host of other names. The reason for so many names is so many academic and clinical specializations work with aspects of it, rarely seem to talk to one another, so we’re far from approaching an integrative, synoptic understanding. That’s a pity because those wishing to contract for services have to run a gauntlet of guess work and discovery. Bottom line is this: we inherently possess incredible resources making up an amazing dormant human potential.
BodhiBuilding integrates Noetic training into the warp and woof of your everyday life with attention and mindfulness training practices. You exercise your muscles and body, you exercise dormant capacities and functions of your conscious and unconscious mind, and you learn to make healthy food choices. Yes, your renewal is a new lease on life as both an art and a science.
Watch for regular blog posts from now on. Coming up next year is BodhiBuilding’s official website http://www.longlifefitness.net. A place holder version of the site is online, one allowing for signing up on our mailing list. Although the site will swing into full operation with the new year, we are accepting applications on a limited basis for those wishing to enroll in remote BodhiBuilding training. Remote training works best because the small number of persons on the leading edge of the cusp of evolution’s next step are widely scattered. Thanks to ever enhanced technology, remote training is as good as hands on work.
My thanks to those who’ve goaded me for a year: my wife Karan being first and foremost. And some credible folks who you can Google to learn more about: Frank Zane, Marty Gallagher, Fred “Dr. Squat” Hatfield, PhD, and Tommy Suggs. Thanks too to Mark Alexander, Mike Graham, Sara Gustafson Eye, Keith Norris and Skyler Tanner.
Until next time, Happy Trails to You Until we Meet Again.
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