Today I would like to write to you about being healthy, happy and strong. Why is this important? Because you must love yourself and after you learn to love yourself, you will learn to love others. Self sacrifice is indeed a noble virtuous quality but ignoring your health and happiness is shameful.
When I was a kid I always ran outside in the winter time without my shirt on and sometimes in a pair of shorts. I ate healthy and I was never sick! The school would try to give me coats and sweaters but most of the time I refused them because I had a pile of them at home.
I love the cold and although I did not know it back then something remarkable was taking place inside my body. Your cardiovascular system is exercised more in the cold than at any other time. The cold has no mercy but it is honest and true. I have told you several times that sickness is caused from viruses and bacteria. Theses viruses and bacteria get into your body and cause inflammation.
Inflammation in turn is the cause of most sickness including cancer, diabetes and others. The cold eliminates inflammation and that is why I let you run around in the cold, this is also why I love to work outside in the wintertime.
This winter we will take a swim or two in Spring Creek. When we get out of the water notice your skin, it will turn red where it was in the water. This is your cardiovascular system working hard doing its job.
In the meantime I suggest that at the end of your showers please turn the water to cold and stand in it for a few minutes. The cold water will make you healthy and improve your circulation and breathing.
People today are soft always seeking comfort to the downfall of their health. Our Celtic bodies were made tough forged in Ice. People get frost bite from a lack of oxygen in their skin not because of the cold. Breathe deeply and feel the power of your body warm itself from within. Take all the oxygen you possibly can in and let that protect you from the cold.
I tell you like I have always told you and that is, wear clothing if other people are around. Otherwise you will have so many coats you will not know what to do with them all. Love the cold and embrace it, let it teach you its lessons.
ps. I am a humble student of nature.
Is any man afraid of change? What can take place without change? What then is more pleasing or more suitable to the universal nature? And can you take a hot bath unless the wood for the fire undergoes a change? And can you be nourished unless the food undergoes a change? And can anything else that is useful be accomplished without change? Do you not see then that for yourself also to change is just the same, and equally necessary for the universal nature? – Marcus Aurelius