That’s the short answer to "Why this blog?"
I think you might want it because many of us have been infected by the same thing: Americanitis. We are living longer than ever with more problems than ever. This information can help us create solutions.
Here's my journey to The PATH²:
I stumbled into an interest in physical health and fitness. Since I was a little boy I always was athletic and played sports. Then I started lifting weights in high school. I read muscle magazines and noticed the ads for nutritional supplements and constant mention of diet in the articles. That's when I put together the two foundation pieces of physical health: exercise and nutrition.
Around the same time, I heard my first mention of meditation. It was from a book about a man, Tom Browne, and his experiences training Navy SEALs in focus and pain management. He claimed and apparently proved that mind rules over matter by stabbing a sharpened bicycle spoke into his forearm without a whimper, grimace or drop of blood. I thought that was some real life superhero stuff.
When I was in law school I came across the idea that there should be some sort of formula for attaining total health and happiness after noticing its opposite every day. I was struck by how worn down and unhealthy a lot of the older folks around, the teachers, lawyers, and judges looked. Their complexions were an unhealthy beige-ish grey color. Their eyes were dull and milky white, not shiny and clear. I connected the dots and figured that whatever happened to these people would probably happen to all of us who chose to follow in their footsteps and establish our law practices. That scared me and it influenced my decision to not practice law after graduation.
I found yoga stretching and breathing as an antidote to my toxic form of Americanitis. After spending all day working at a desk my back would ache and my eyes would burn. I noticed numbness developing in my left hand from typing and writing.
Yoga changed all that. The stretching and breathing practice felt like self-massage. It resolved my back and wrist pain. I also received unexpected mental and emotional benefits. I could focus sharper and longer. My negative emotions were more temperate. While preparing for and taking the three day California Bar Exam, I felt very little stress.
After the Bar Exam I reflected and realized that yoga improves my mind similar to how exercise and nutrition betters my body. I also theorized that there might be information on how to develop and potentially master all the aspects of my being. That led me to study yoga, diet and exercise with new vigor and to search for other ideas on pursuing and attaining a state of total health and happiness.
My research revealed a thread of knowledge beginning with oral history and scriptures from ancient times and running through to present day news. It passed through many cultures and continents with people weaving in the insights gained from their experiences in a broad variety of disciplines.
I had taken to calling this collection of information The PATHH. The acronym stands for The Pursuit of Attaining Total Health and Happiness.
As my research began doubling-back on itself I felt confident that I had mapped a substantial part of a Universal Blueprint for Total Health & Happiness. The knowledge I had discovered and collected was based on characteristics common to us all, such as the design of the physical body and the architecture of the mind. The ways we implement it accounts for our differences.
I recognized an immediate need for this information and felt obligated to share it. The internet is the perfect tool to do it. This website, www.pathh.com, is my initial effort to give you clear explanations and practical applications of the art and science of developing and mastering your body, mind and spirit.
I hope you will use it to create the life you love so you love the life you live.
BODY + MIND + SPIRIT = YOU