I have always thought that we can, if looking hard enough, find parallels between seemingly irrelevant categories. A bit like Ken Wilber.
The other day I was thinking about the body, systems of the body, and how they might relate to our external world/ affairs. In particular...today about STORED ENERGY or FAT.
They aren't fat, just big boned.
Well, I am not making any negative connotation towards any body type... however, as a yogi/ fitness enthusiast, I choose to think about the human body's states of being, overall health so on and so forth.
So when I think about fat, I think about savings accounts, money, stored energy.
In it goes [food] and out it flows.
The body uses fats as stored energy, that also acts as insulation against the external weather. Thinking about the natural world and our human interaction, our need for consumption, it appears that there are many, many naturally diverse foods that we have relative easy access to. If you are fortunate to live in Europe, developed Asia, South America, or North America, you more than likely can go into a store to find an array of fruits, vegetables and meats.
We know through research that the body thrives on diversity and that wholesome foods will always outperform highly processed foods and supplements.
Looking at the human system, too much fat, fat from cheap, bad sources, creates a toxic environment that supports the development of risk factors associated with diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension etc. On the opposite side of the spectrum, too little fat (stored body fat) and we run the risk of starving ourselves, pushing the boundary where the body will begin to eat away at the fats that insulate our vital organs. THE BRAIN USES 20% of our daily consumption of calories.
Money is our fat. Insulate yourself.
So now thinking about the external world. We have to support ourselves within an economy that utilizes money as a means of value exchange. We have to somehow acquire fancy colored paper in order to acquire goods and services. There is nothing wrong with this. We could very well easily exchange labor to someone for the rice grown in their fields, could perform medical services for the owner of a contracting company to build a house for the Dr's family. We could operate in a barter system.
Since we don't we have to insulate ourselves with that fancy money. Kinda like how a chipmunk or squirrel will store seeds and nuts for the winter.
So, money as energy, it's my theory that similar principles apply to money, as energy does to the body:
- We needs healthy inputs of energy (money)
- Produced from wholesome sources
- Stored and utilized appropriately (not spending too much, not being greedy).
My healthy body represents the health of my entire being.
What are the parallels? Well, think about it.
I don't have money, I am limiting myself, I am starving myself. I am unable to do that which I desire.
The Meat of the Matter:
I am overweight, slothful, lazy. I've consumed more than my fair share without using that energy for constructive purposes. I am at risk to health issues related to sedentary living, consumed by my own greed.
I save a healthy proportion of my income [energy produced from appropriate actions].
I nurture myself by performing good works, using my energy to be creatively helpful and productive. I use some of my stored energy to support those around me, remembering the times I have been supported.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT.