Good morning lovely you!
Well, as you may have guessed, I am sitting here with a nice cup of tea and a snoozing kitty. I am ready to talk to you more about healing.
When we discuss the topic of healing from cancer, so much focus is given to the physical side of healing, for obvious reasons. But, having been through this journey myself, I’m here to tell you that true health and healing cannot focus solely on the physical body, it MUST incorporate the four pillars of life: Mind, emotions, spirit, and body.
Think of it this way:
Your overall health is like a stool. Your physical body represents the seat of that stool. But whether or not your physical body can support the weight of your life on Earth is really dependent on how sturdy the three legs (mind, emotions, spirit) are underneath.
You simply cannot be entirely healthy if any one of your four aspects is unhealthy. I don’t care how many green juices you drink a week or whether you religiously use a natural sunscreen. If you don’t treat and heal every aspect of your life, you can never fully recover from a health crisis.
Every Part of You is Connected to the Other Parts
The creator created beautiful self-healing machines when he/she created human beings. We are in a continual state of healing. Our bodies are able to heal while we sleep, drive a car, and make our lunch.
But, as I’ve mentioned on this blog many times, we become dis-eased when we deal with chronic stress and trauma. When we get in this state, we get stuck in that fight or flight mode instead of our rest and digest mode – the mode required for our bodies to actually heal from illness and disease.
When this happens, the healing process needs some conscious attention on our part. We need to take a break from life and fix ourselves, much like a woodworker would take a broken stool into his shop and secure the legs and seat. But until those legs are tightly in place, that seat has nothing to cling to.
With this in mind, let’s dive a little deeper into the 4 aspects of our life and talk about some ways we can begin to heal in each one with holistic healing.
When I speak of a spiritual life, I am not talking about religion. Our spirit transcends any religion that humanity can come up with. A spiritual life is a connection to our inner self and our inner knowing of a profoundly bigger creator than ourselves.
There are so many things in life that get in the way of this connection. A desire for physical things, greed, money, sex, being career driven or hung up on shallow things. We are spiritual beings having a human experience, and yet our humanness often makes it hard to remember our true selves.
Meditation is one of the absolute best ways to connect with your spirit. Meditation has been shown to decrease our risk of death by stroke and heart attack. People who practice meditation have found that it can change their lives in profound ways.
Try to commit to a meditation practice. You don’t have to be perfect, just promise to give your spirit 20 minutes every day.
What’s the quickest way to develop a chronic or deadly disease? Stuff your emotions down. Even the CDC has recognized the power emotions play in the development of disease for God’s sake!
You won’t like what I have to say, most likely, but I’m going to say it any way. There is no easy way to deal with troubling emotions. Not dealing with emotions is how you get into trouble. To get out of that trouble, you have GOT TO FACE YOUR DARKNESS. Facing your darkness won’t kill you, but not facing it absolutely can.
To begin healing emotionally, first realize that your emotions exist. Next, feel them. Let them wash over you and feel whatever comes. Cry if you need. Scream. Hit something. Throw something. Make sure to never harm yourself or others in the process, but let that darkness out however you need.
Do this once and you will prove to yourself that feeling darkness can’t kill you AND you’ll also find out how much better you feel when you deal with it. It’s a bit like not wanting to really clean your house but doing it anyway and then LOVING how clean your house is.
You may also want to check out the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Thought Field Therapy (TFT). These techniques are an amazing way to release suppressed emotions that are negatively impacting your life choices and health.
Holistic Healing: Healing ALL Aspects of your Life
What is the mind? It’s not the brain – the brain is a soft and squishy machine, the mind is something other. For the purpose of this discussion, I’ll define the mind as that part of ourselves that thinks, rationalizes and makes decisions.
Our minds can become corrupt like a computer can become infected with malware. Our minds become infected with negative thoughts and limiting beliefs. These impact our emotions (and you know what happens then!) and they also cause us to make unhealthy choices in our lives. Choices like choosing to be in a toxic relationship, eating the wrong foods, smoking too much (or at all).
It’s time to install new programming. To do this begin to pay attention to the thoughts you have each day. Don’t judge them, just become aware of them. When you recognize a thought that doesn’t serve you (I don’t have any energy), STOP and immediately replace that thought (I am finding more energy each day).
Do this over and over. You are forming new mental habits. And that’s what most thoughts are. They aren’t new, they are habits our minds get into. Create new mental habits to make a positive change in your life.
If you heal the other three aspects of your life your health will radically change. To put your health over the edge – a good edge – then you need to clean up your diet and eat anti-inflammatory foods, get plenty of rest, drink clean water and exercise. You know what to do, but are you doing it?
Chances are you aren’t physically taking care of yourself. When your spirit, mind and heart are broken, who cares if you don’t take care of your body?
Do you see how that works?
When your mind, emotions and spirit are healthy and strong, your body’s health naturally follows suit. You naturally, without even having to think about it, make healthy choices because you have become a whole and self-loving, self-caring and self-compassionate person.
If you are struggling with a disease, particularly cancer, please understand it is more than a physical (body) disease, it is a disease of your ENTIRE SELF, and so you must heal your ENTIRE SELF.
Sending light and love…