I visited my chiropractor this morning for my regular and ongoing treatment (I’m having a series of treatments to realign – fantastic) and, while I was on the coach, he asked me a question, ‘What does health mean to you?’
After the session we dived in to the question between us and tried to unravel it a bit. Because its actually quite complex in its answer.
Sure, ‘health’ can mean no illness, as in ‘I’m ok and feeling pretty good.’
But when you dive into what it really could mean you find all sorts of issues.
To the ancient cultures of India and China health means an inner harmony between mind, body and spirit. They are holistic by definition. But the western mind has grown up with a largely different mindset. That mindset is founded in separation. It means that we innately think of everything as separate from everything, and independent of everything else. That means we can easily think of the body as separate from the mind and spirit. And western medicine almost without fail follows this model.
Eastern health systems recognize a natural intelligence that informs everything, and their practices attempt to align us with that natural intelligence. Chi, Prana, Lifeforce are some of the terms used.
Western mind and western medicine has no particular term for this intelligence because it doesn’t recognize it exists.
Yet even western medicine and health understands there is a connection between mind and body. What is stress if not evidence that emotions and thoughts have a physical impact?
And of course we as human beings are implicitly interconnected with our environment, as much as the goldfish is connected with the water in its bowl. Sadly our society paradigms are built on a belief in separation and the prowess of mental accomplishment and all it signifies. Inner harmony has little credibility in today’s world. There is no time for it.
So we have problems when talking about what health means.
But we arrived at some conclusions between us. Let me list them a bit and see if they resonate:
- Health is a state whereby the natural intelligence of the organism is free to flow.
- Health is inner and outer harmony.
- Health is the absence of dis-ease, a natural state of easiness.
- Health is a state of peace.
To me the ultimate state of health is spiritual peace, because in that state of deep acceptance there is only love, and in that love the body is free to follow its own course. We are all finite beings and everything has its day, it rises and then it falls back into the earth. Peace is the acceptance of this, and there can be no greater health that this.
I am only scratching the surface here but I wanted to open the door to a deeper conversation with you. I wonder what health means to you?
Please let me know in the comment section below..