A Return to Wellness
We live in a modern society that is constantly looking for a “quick fix” for symptoms versus looking into what the root of our challenges or illnesses are. We have grown very familiar with the concept that something outside of us will fix the problems or health issues we face. A quote from Plato’s states: “The cure of the part should not be attempted without the treatment of the whole. No attempt should be made to cure the body without the soul. If the body and head are to be healthy you must begin by curing the mind. Let no one persuade you to cure the head until he has first given you his soul to be cured.” This quote implies that the journey to wellness needs to be holistic, a mind-body-spirit approach. For example, when our body hurts, we think it’s a problem of the body, but have we thought that it may not be a body problem but a mind and/or soul issue that is impacting the body?
We have conditioned ourselves to treat the symptoms, if we have a headache, we reach for a pill to take care of it. Often times stress, illnesses, life struggles and physical and emotional pain are not the problem in itself. The true problem may be that we are in a job that doesn’t inspire us, we may be in a toxic relationship, we may be scared about our finances or our financial future, we may not be living our life’s purpose and we are afraid to make changes because of fear of failure.
Alberto Villoldo, in his book One Spirit Medicine, offers a holistic approach to healing and wellness. He begins by encouraging you to discover your inner healer, shedding the old ways of being, overcoming fears and creating stillness so you can hear the voice of your inner wisdom. He strongly emphasizes a healthy diet that promotes good brain functioning combined with soul and mind work.
How can one return to WELLNESS in a way that can be sustained through life?
First begin with learning about foods that power your brain functioning instead of eating foods that create a foggy and forgetful brain. This process can be done slowly, so do not become overwhelmed with the amount of information that is available nowadays. Begin by slowly reducing the amount of sugar, carbohydrates, and processed foods that you consume. Add more fresh vegetables as you possibly can. Again, make the changes slowly so your brain doesn’t sabotage you.
Second, begin meditating and reflecting daily so you can learn to listen to your heart for guidance and wisdom. Your heart holds the code to your life’s purpose. When you learn to hear the subtle voice of your heart you feel deeply connected to life and others. At this moment you know you are on the right path.
Third, learn compassion, forgiveness and how to love yourself and others on a deeper level. Remember that you are doing the best you can with what you know and what you have at any given moment. Compassion, forgiveness, and love creates miracles in our lives.
When we achieve WELLNESS within ourselves inevitably, we are invited to make a difference in the lives of others. We were all born with greatness inside our hearts. Our journey on earth is to manifest it and to make this world a better place. Always remember that the only expert on you is YOU!