Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Exercise as Daily Practice
Exercise is a vital part of my daily practice. In fact, I usually log my exercise in my magical record, and I consider my day successful if I made it to the gym. Exercise is an investment in my body, which is the manifest vehicle of my Will. It allows me to maintain physical and emotional equilibrium even in trying times. It is also an expression of devotion towards self. Exercise is proven to reduce depression and anxiety while instilling confidence. Besides, it feels great to inhabit a healthy body!
Nutrition is also an important part of my life. I have diabetes on both sides of my family as well as a family history of heart disease. That makes proper nutrition and self-care essential for me as I move into middle age. No longer can a party like the rock star I was in my 20s. In my 40s I put on weight very easily and have to maintain discipline to keep myself trim and fit. A large part of that discipline is nutrition. I eat a diet that is primarily high in protein with some complex carbs and other low glycemic index foods.
Maintaining Physical and Emotional Equilibrium through Nutrition
Nutrition is not all that complicated if you focus on macronutrients and get sugars out of your diet. I track my calories with an app, and I plan and cook my meals on Sundays. That way I have healthy food available and already portioned out into containers so that I can effectively be lazy about it for the rest of the week. Tracking my calories allows me to quickly drop weight or slowly add calories to assist in building up lean muscle. You really are what you eat. I’ve been astonished at how important proper nutrition is at maintaining physical and emotional equilibrium.
I do find that having a focus on exercise and nutrition takes a conscious application of Will. It is much easier to disappear into Facebook while sitting on the couch and ordering pizza. However, that is the sedentary path that causes a cessation of growth (except around the middle). The easy foods in America are terrible for you. I typically do not consider processed food as something that is really edible. By crossing it off of my list of possibilities for nourishment, I free myself to make the correct choices.
Magick of Changing Daily Habits
Really, all of this is about behavioral management through the installation of daily habits. It is just like getting the hang of doing a daily banishing. It’s just that basic of a practice. When you get exercise and nutrition dialed in, you’re able to keep an emotional and physical equilibrium that greatly assists in your aspiration.
After a period of established practice, you’ll get an idea of exactly how subtle changes to diet or exercise affect your bodily vehicle. I highly recommend making nutrition and exercise part of your lifestyle.
Love is the law, love under will.
This article was written by a guest contributor, David Hill. Brother David Hill has a background in 7 Star Mantis kung fu and has integrated daily training into his physical and spiritual praxis. He is passionate about helping others to achieve a healthier lifestyle.