Memos to Myself:Notes for Future Ben

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Notes for Future Ben

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Fortifying the Temple

August 07, 20233 min read

Dear Reader:

An ever-present question looms: How do I fortify the temple that houses my essence — the mind, body, and soul?

Life's journey demands resilience not only against the physical rigors but also the intricate dance of challenges that life orchestrates.

The path forward appears to shimmer with potential, fortified through the choices I make each day.

Nourishment Beyond the Plate: Feeding the Body, Mind, and Soul

Food and drink — the fuel that sustains us, but do we always choose wisely? Am I putting the best in, both for my body's vitality and my mind's clarity?

I hope so.

With every dietary choice I make, I know I'm fortifying more than just my body; I'm nurturing my soul too. The flavors I savor have a way of shaping not just my taste buds, but my entire being.

As Hippocrates wisely said, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food."

Movement is Mandatory: Building Strength Inside Out

Fitness and movement — our bodies are designed to move, yet the sedentary routines often beckon. Am I moving enough, giving my body the rhythm it craves?

I try.

Each step, each stretch, each rep is like constructing a fortress from the inside out. As I choose to lift, walk, or run, I'm building a foundation of strength that echoes through my entire being.

Just as Lao Tzu shared, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

Mindfulness: The Art of Being Present in Chaos

Mindfulness and meditation — amid the chaos, can I find moments of calm? Should I meditate more, grounding myself in the present?


But in the stillness of meditation and the awareness of mindfulness, I uncover a sanctuary within. It's like an inner citadel, a place where my thoughts can settle, and I can breathe amidst life's storms.

In the words of Jon Kabat-Zinn, "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

Embracing Pragmatism: Balancing Dreams and Reality

Pragmatism — a bridge between my aspirations and the tangible world. Am I navigating this balance wisely?

I don't know.

Each pragmatic choice is a brick in the fortress of my future. Dreams meet reality on this path, and as I build with intention, I fortify the structure of my journey.

As William James reminds me, "The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."

Spiritual Anchors: Navigating the Unseen

Spiritually and religion — do I ground myself in something greater than me? Could I better embrace this aspect of my being?


Within the realm of faith, I find an anchor that keeps me steady amidst life's tides. Whether in prayer, meditation, or the embrace of spiritual teachings, I forge a connection to something beyond, fortifying my soul.

As Rumi whispers, "You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop."

Crafting a Narrative: A Life Fortified by Choices

As I reflect on these facets of fortification, I see a tapestry woven by the choices I make. A life fortified, not just for the present, but for the many tomorrows yet to unfold.

The road ahead might be challenging, but I stand ready to embrace it — with a strong temple and an unwavering spirit.

To fortify the mind, body, and soul — to a life of purpose and strength...

Deo volente.

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