Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Essays By Laurence Platt

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Body Heat, Radiant Health

St Francis Winery and Vineyards, Sonoma Valley, California, USA

April 22, 2017

"The cost to me of not doing so. I'm unwilling to pay the cost of carrying a resentment (or whatever) around, so I draw on the intelligence of forgiving."
 ...   answering Laurence Platt's question "On what do you draw to forgive people who are hardest to forgive?" in Questions For A Friend II 
"Resenting is like taking poison, hoping the other  guy will die."
 ... Nelson Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Madiba Tata (uBawom)Khulu Mandela
This essay, Body Heat, Radiant Health with The Five Of Us, is the sequel to This Is Inspiration!.

I am indebted to Richmal Morris "Ricki" Wolman who contributed material for this conversation.

Health is a relentless dictator. By that I mean when I follow its rules and maintain it properly, it works. I either do it its  way, or it doesn't work at all. When I do health my  way, ignoring what I can tell my body wants and needs and tells me, indulging in what I know it doesn't want and rejects, I may not see immediate effects. It's a deadly oversight which leaves me assuming I've gotten away with it. But the trouble with getting away with it, is it's me who'll pay the steep price over the long term.

Schematic courtesy
In my early twenties I figured out the way to good diet, experimenting across the spectrum from anything-eater to vegetarian to fruitarian (though I admired so-called breath-arians, I didn't venture down their path) to vegan, and full-circle back to what I now call "discerning omnivore". Later I got clear about the value of exercise. Exercise doesn't come naturally to me - yet it's an essential. I'm not, by nature, a gym rat. I don't enjoy going to the gym. It's not my favorite thing to do. But as one sage counsels, "There's only one thing worse than going to the gym, and that's not  going to the gym.". Now I'm in the gym daily.

Still later, concerned by the onset of age-related issues, I included taking carefully chosen vitamins and supplements with my physical regimen. Now, by any stretch of the imagination, I enjoy good health. But it was only when I added forgiving (that's correct: forgiving)  to my program, that my body began maintaining constant metabolic heat, and giving out radiant  health.

We store the sadness of disconnecting from people we love ie the break after being in relationships, in the solar plexus ie the region of the third chakra  (if you will) known as "Manipura"  (don't take my word for it: look for yourself and see if it's true). There it sits, taking up residence near where for all intents and purposes, the stomach ie the food processing factory is sited.

They're frightful co-habitants: sensations we'd rather not have, with their next-door neighbor the stomach, which tells us when and what to eat. Without any of those unwanted sensations, we'd stop eating once we'd eaten enough to nourish our bodies. But with  those unwanted sensations, we overeat (or simply go unconscious to what  we eat) in a futile attempt to suppress those unwanted sensations. That never works (the unwanted sensations persist regardless). It also abandons our bodies to suffer the effects of our overindulgence. We pay a steep price for those incomplete suppressed experiences stored near the stomach. That price is chronic ill-health.

Now listen carefully: forgiving has the sublime, divine  power to free up and release those incomplete experiences stored in the third chakra region of the solar plexus. Soon after, you'll start eating right. That's when you start eating to nourish your body, rather than eating to further suppress and bury the unwanted incomplete (and often painful) experiences of disconnecting from people you love ie experiences of breaking being in relationship. Look: you don't have  to forgive. And no one can make  you forgive. But health (it's a relentless dictator) ensures if you don't  forgive, there's a steep price to pay over the long term for not forgiving fully, completely.

To forgive is to distinguish what happened, from the story about what happened, then to renounce all investment in the story about what happened. Given we store incidents we've yet to forgive in our bodies (I assert in the region of the third chakra - look if that's true for you too), forgiving is a powerful catalyst for good health.

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