“Each exercise we practice here is directed towards a different bodily need,” the trainer explained. “Different muscle groups benefit from a variety of routines we have developed for each individual. Other routines are aerobic and build stamina and energy rather than strength.”
“I don’t understand,” Zev asked. “Isn’t all exercise just exercise? The more you do, the healthier you get.”
“Not true,” the trainer said. “A healthy body is one where all parts function in harmony. Any weak area will negatively impact the whole body.”
The general public today is more aware of the requirements for healthful living than generations past. Good nutrition, good sleep habits and exercise lead the list; stress control and regular well-check visits to the doctor complete the program for a healthy lifestyle. There are no guarantees for long life, but overall, people are living longer and functioning better than previous generations could have imagined.
The Chofetz Chaim said (Mishlei 5:6) that the use of a person’s organs can benefit or harm that body part’s ability to fulfill its function. One who uses one’s mouth in a proper way strengthens the soul’s ability to express itself in the World to Come. If one, however, abuses the power of speech, it will impact the soul’s ability to function properly for eternity.
The human heart also has a spiritual counterpart. If one “loves one’s neighbor like oneself” the eternal heart is enriched. However, should one harbor hatred in one’s heart, the eternal, deleterious effect is substantial. Other negative traits such as envy and conceit will limit the ability of a heart to function properly in the World of Truth. One who senses negative feelings towards others should work to eliminate them, as one would remove toxins from the physical self. A happy, good heart yields eternal happiness for the soul.
One More Second: Another Thought for the Day
The greatest ruler is a person who is master over his desires and emotions. He is mightier than a monarch who rules over people. He does not let his desires push him in the direction they want. Rather, he uses his intellect to make wise decisions about his actions. (Rabbi Yosef Leib Bloch, Shiurei Daat, vol. 3, p. 16)
Rabbi Raymond Beyda serves in the Sephardic Community in Brooklyn, N.Y. He lectures to audiences all over the world. He is author of the book 1 Minute With Yourself: A Minute a Day to Self-Improvement, Sephardic Press, 2008.