Traditional medicine such as ancient Chinese, Asian, Indian, Greek, Native American, along with more modern therapies, such as homeopathy and naturopathy, consider health to be a condition of wholeness. A condition in which body, mind, and spirit direct our life in equal proportion so that there is balance and harmony among all aspects of our being. In this state, health and healing flourish because our body is capable of healing itself when it is placed in a balanced condition. The healer merely works to re-align that balance.
This kind of health is easily identifiable. It means having abundant energy, excellent appetite, restful sleep, a sharp mind and a balanced temperament. It means we're available to ourselves and to others to love and to receive love.
Fear and anxiety about the possibility of war may be one of the biggest health challenges we're facing today. Fear, anger and a sense of powerlessness can wreak havoc on our minds, bodies and spirits. But this doesn't have to be the case. Here are a couple of suggestions to help you find peace, balance and even joy in the midst of these unsettling times.
1. Spend 5 minutes each day in quiet.
Use 3 of them to sit and receive the love in your life. Think about the people in your life that love and support you. Imagine them surrounding you, adoring you, hugging you, and encouraging you. Many of us have difficulty receiving unconditional love. We have been led to believe that we have to work for it, prove worthy of it. It's there, waiting for us. We just have to embrace it.
Use the other 2 to visualize what global peace looks like to you. Imagine leaders of the free world cooperating to ensure global harmony and peace. Imagine a global village where we each live and travel freely. Where we, with compassion and understanding, learn from and participate in our diverse communities.
2. Avoid saturating ourselves with headlines and sensationalized soundbites.
The media works at hooking us in order to increase viewership, sell more airtime and newspapers. The more insecure we are, the more we'll "tune in". The media profits from unsettling times like these. The only lasting safety and security come from the peace that we create within ourselves.
3. Practicing the Present
Giving ourselves permission to forgo the "code orange" sensationalism and our own anxieties for the day may be exactly what we need in order to come back to our center and reconnect with that which gives us real safety - the peace of the present moment.
The present moment is all we have. Ticht Nhat Hanh, wrote, "We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma...but we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment."
The well of health is within us. If we dig deeply into that well, the water will spring forth. That water is there to nourish and balance us into health. Be well.
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