In the Redemptorist Formation program, we do not only touch on the spiritual, psychological, and intellectual aspects of the formands. The physical health of the formands is also given much important. The basic principle is on holistic formation and personal development, where a holistic person is spiritually, psychologically, intellectually, and physically healthy. This is the reason why the students, as part of their yearly program, have routinary medical examination/ check-up.
Since the number of students this year significantly increases, we were divided into two groups for the medical check-up. The first group had their check-up at the Alexian Brothers Health and Wellness Center (a laboratory and hospital managed by the Alexian Brothers) on July 12, 2010 and the second group had theirs on July 26, 2010 at the same place. Both groups departed at 6:00 am and did a short fasting (no food and water after 10:00 pm) the night before the check-up.
As you have noticed the dates for the examination falls on Mondays- usually a “holy day” for the students! Mondays usually are rest days. On rest days, the students usually wake up late spending more time in Demos Oneiroi, in the hands of Morpheus. Well, sorry guys, for the sake of knowing your physical health condition you have to leave the land of dreams and the company of Morpheus earlier this time!
Perhaps I will leave you with some quotes to ponder on, these quotes talks about the relationship between mental and physical health.
“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.”~B.K.S. Iyengar
Here is, however, a reminder for those who are extremely conscious about their physical health:
“The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.” ~G.K. Chesterton