Recently, I have been working with some clients who are experiencing major life-altering diseases. The question that keeps arising in our conversations is what they did to cause their illness.
Last year, while I was in the midst of my treatment journey for breast cancer, I thought long and hard about what health really meant to me. I reflected back on the patients I treated over the years. They taught me so much about the human experience of illness.
Here is what I wrote in one of my very first wellness letters. These thoughts still hold true today.
To me, true health is not the absence of disease. It is more a state of balance in body and mind. True health is a positive quality. It is knowing that the mind and body have resiliency.
These qualities allow you to move through life with out getting hurt by things that can harm you. If there is a glitch in the system from either an outside foe or an internal miscommunication, this resiliency, this balance provides for us a way to adapt, regenerate, and repair.
This whole system is enhanced by how we choose to to live each day. How we nourish ourselves with thoughts, movement, breath, water, and a colorful array of nutrient rich foods is key to the balance.
We all have circumstances that arise that challenge our health. By paying attention to our body and mind and responding with compassion, self-love, and gratitude, we are able to tap into our body's innate ability for healing.
On this sunny spring day I am watching how mother nature adapts to the new season, repairing and regenerating after a long, cold, harsh winter. We too have the capacity and resiliency to reboot and move forward with our own healing journeys.