When we decide that we want to live a better life spiritually, physically and mentally, we must act at a pace in which our individual being allows. The biggest mistake is to change one’s behavior based on someone else’s measures or accomplishments. We all have different temperaments. If we do not, we will incur unnecessary stresses to the mind, body and spirit. Also the most effective way to make changes in one’s state is by making gradual changes to one’s entire state. For example, if one does not make efforts to change his behavior of negative thoughts and actions towards other people while simultaneously wanting to go on a diet, the outcome of a healthier body may not be effective. How so? A person must work gradually and cohesively on his mind, body and spirit. The mind, body and spirit work together to create a healthy balance within the individual.
As Francis Bacon (1561-1626) stated in his Essay “Of Regimen of Health”:
“For strength of nature in youth passeth over many excesses, which are owing a man till his age. Discern of the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still; for age will not be defied. Beware of sudden change in any great points of diet, and if necessity enforce it, fit the rest to it. For it is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one. Examine thy customs of diet, sleep, excercise, apparel, and the like; and try, in any thing thou shalt judge hurtful, to discontinue it by little and little; but so, as if thou dost find any inconvenience by the change, thou come back to it again: for it is hard to distinguish that which is generally held good and wholesome, from that which is good particularly, and fit for thine own body. To be free-minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and of sleep and of excercise, is one of the best precepts of long lasting.”