n style="font-size: small;">Each of us holds within, all of the tools needed to create perfect health within the body and the mind and ultimately to use this quest as a catalyst for the evolution of the soul. More than just strong words, this reality becomes quite possible when we make the conscious decision to live with intention and to create holistic health. Holistic health is an approach to wellness that recognizes the deep-rooted relationship between the longings of the soul and the actions of the physical body. Tapping into this wisdom, we are able to decode our actions and to free ourselves from detrimental habits we may be employing. By demystifying our drives and unraveling any pull they may have over us, we create the space to needed to reacquaint ourselves with our true nature. Approaching health with the intention to unlock the mysteries of the soul allows every conscious breath to become spiritual practice, and for spiritual practice to result in vibrant, dynamic health.
Instead of treating symptoms alone, a holistic approach aims to treat the whole person and to uncover the origin of discomfort, which in many cases may have nothing to do with the body itself. The term “holistic health” emerged as doctors began to embrace the understanding that one’s state of the mind plays a role in the health of the body. Using this framework, the state of the body is actually an outward manifestation of the state of the mind. The state of the mind in turn is an outward manifestation of the deep driving desires of the spirit. By observing our actions, emotions and thoughts, we begin to reveal the workings of the soul.
Ayurveda, the holistic health science of India, recognizes that all disease begins when we lose the connection to our source. A healthy individual has a strong union with the universal consciousness that unites us all. When this connection is interrupted, we attempt to fill its void by using the physical body as an experiential object. From this distorted place, we may mistake the goals of the senses as the ultimate goals of this lifetime and eventually begin to overindulge or misuse them. If the goal of the soul is to reconnect to a state of conscious awareness, then any action that limits this connection is detrimental to the desires of the soul and is, ultimately, self-destructive. By becoming aware of our motivation at this time, we can start to unravel the nefarious intent and reverse detrimental actions. By realigning with the intent to connect to our spirit, we are able to rediscover our true ultimate goal—union with the divine consciousness.
To begin addressing our health holistically, we need to become clear on our current level of health. To assess your state of health, consider your answers to these questions. Do you have any symptoms of imbalance? Are you generally free from any digestive discomfort? Is your sleep restful and refreshing? Do you have all the energy you need to complete all that you would like to do? Is your mind calm and capable of sustained focus? Are you happy? These are not idle questions. The answers allow us to understand our unconscious desires. Creating health in one aspect of our being begins to positively influence the health of all aspects of our being.
If you are not satisfied with the state of the health of your body or mind, it is likely the outward manifestation of an unmet, unconscious need. Once time is taken to explore the need and meet it, the requisite for the physical or mental symptom no longer applies. For example, if I have been deprived of love or have actively deprived others of experiencing love in their lives, I may have an overactive need to experience love.
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