Posts tagged Healthy By Nature

A Skillful Reflection on Lightning

Although substantiated by a logical scientific process, there’s something inexplicable few can deny about the effects of lightning. In fact, many cultures have viewed it in conjunction with a deity, including the Greek god Zeus, the Mayas’ God K, and Norse mythology’s beloved and fabled Thor. Verses in the holy books of Judaism and Islam credit lightning with a mysterious and commanding “supernatural importance,” and in the traditional religion of the African Bantu tribes, lightning is a sign of the fury of the gods, representing a time of rage and indignation.

But in the midst of the fear and mystery around this natural phenomenon, perhaps the most can be learned from the French and Italian’s expression for “Love at first sight,” which is Coup de foudre and Colpo di fulmine, respectively, which literally translated means “lightning strike.”

This parallel is a telling one, depicting the positive aspects that can be taken away from something so potentially frightening and ferocious. Allow yourself to envision the first time that primitive cultures saw fire. Without the conventional wisdom to explain it, it was magic, worthy of the respect and humility of an outright miracle. Conversely, lightning was like fire shooting from the sky; a divine force that brought its spectators as much excitement as concern. And although they couldn’t quite explain what was causing it, they knew it was helping to shape the landscape of the earth they were so attached to. They developed a profound appreciation for the process, and their own theories on what was triggering it. Perhaps some sort of divine being needed appeasement; perhaps it sought to regenerate the forests to keep them healthy; perhaps something was in dire need of being restored…regardless, they were able to parlay any fear in their minds into recognition in their hearts, welcoming the inevitable shift and its sacred messenger.

This time of year, when lightening is most visible, think of it not as a warning, but as a reminder of how yielding to the vigor and unpredictability of one of nature’s strongest forces can set possibilities ablaze.

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Assessing Health

How healthy are you, really?

Most people’s initial reaction to this question is to say they’re “pretty healthy.”  They’ll answer the question based on the conventional idea that “health” means “the absence of disease or injury,” and they’ll give themselves a pass.  For many others, in particular those who are dealing with illness as typically defined in our society, all too often accept their condition as something that is beyond their ability to heal on any level.

However, I urge you to consider your health not simply through the physical lens that you are probably accustomed to, but through a more layered and frankly more sophisticated point of view.  After all, our careers, our relationships, our finances, and the social and physical environment in which we live are as essential as physical health to our overall wellbeing. Therefore, to be truly healthy would require a dynamic balance between all these disparate yet connected elements.

Are you prepared to shift your view and think of health in much broader terms than toned muscles, clear skin, youthful glow, low resting heart rate, cholesterol level or the affirmation of these by well intentioned physicians? I urge you to instead consider health as something that represents a state of flow, unity, energy, and brightness.

And with that, I wish you the peace you desire,

Michael P.S. Isn’t it time you really got to know yourself?

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What is True Health?

It is a great tragedy that the modern medical model has abandoned the concept of “wholeness,” which, to me, is the true definition of health. I like the word “wholeness,” because it implies unity and coherence, flow and harmony.

Therefore, the health we should be looking for is not determined by longevity, wrinkle free skin, an hourglass figure, or the absence of disease. (Does it really matter if you are losing weight if all you are eating is celery or lettuce leaves? How significant is the achievement of finishing the New York City Marathon if you cannot co-exist happily with your spouse or family?) There should be intelligence to this process, not just thoughtless behavior or random goals that can be quantitatively measured or narrowly defined.

True health, then, is the achievement of a state of wholeness, living a good life in a state of awareness, not failing to recognize the beauty around you. Ultimately, “health” is more than just living well, but is marked by a state of peace and tranquility throughout your life. To be in this “state” requires the cultivation of mindfulness, identifying and following your passions and purpose, and the recognition of and ability to express your essential authentic self.

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