Bert Weir developed a two day course called “The Centre Within” over 40 years ago. I attended a course in Sydney around 30 years ago. Basically, it was a reflective life practice course with many options given for the individual to explore, develop and apply to everyday living. It was about relaxation, about work life balance, about putting everything into perspective, about …. well creating a stable emotional core that set me up for the rest of my life. I applied it in my work and everyday life.
A number of people have commented on the fact that I never seem to get stressed about anything. My most oft quoted line about anything likely to cause stress is “What can you do about the problem? Is there a solution? If there is, then apply it. If there isn’t, then let it go. If there isn’t a solution, it’s pointless to stress because you will then have two problems” I also have always applied the practice that what’s done is done, it’s in the past and you can’t go back and have another go at it.
I built on Bert’s foundation with the exploration of “right brain theory”, “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” and anything that emphasises the positive over the negative.
15 years ago, I was approaching my 56th birthday. My father had died at the age of 56 …. just. It wasn’t a good year and I was almost fatalistic. Almost. I decided that if I was going to have a longer life than my parents, it should be an active one. I refuse to act my age…. I act as though I am still a young man and I’m living that life. For the past fifteen years, I have walked almost daily, worked out in a gym at least two days a week (often 5 days), I still run touch for two games of rugby on Saturdays during the season, I walk up stairs and escalators, avoid lifts, and walk rather than drive.
In the last six months, I have added a controlled carbohydrate eating plan to the mix, and am now at 95kgs on my way to 90kgs. Down 10kgs already and at the same weight as I was at 21y.o.a.
How long will I last? Who knows, but they will be emotionally and physically healthy years.