There’s talk around town of epidemics. We hear hushes of invasions and whispers of toxins. There’s rumors of plague, and tales recession and bulletins of dissolution. Calamity waits to strike at any moment.
And the life vest that can save us from all these terrors?
Well, Oprah retired, so I guess we’ve got to fend for ourselves.
Watch out people…you’ve got to focus on your HEALTH.
Finanical. Spiritual. Nutritional. Relational. Professional.
Eat this, Not that. Connect, Meditate, Get Away. Give, and Take. Balance your Budgets and Trim your wasitline. Sweat. Crunch, Zumba it up. Forgo Meat. Ingest Chia. Take a hike. Go green. Cup up the plastic. Check your ratings. Do a criminal background check.
The message we are given over and over is that health isn’t a natural state. It is active. It is created and fueled by our actions. We have the power to make it happen.
What does it mean to be healthy?
My fundamental view of human nature is that we are inherently good and driven towards health and wholeness. In this age of scrutiny and easy access to information, it is difficult to discern what is “good” and what is not. A lot of information we access is down right inaccurate, some of it influenced by authorities who want our time or our dollar, and to be honest, information really isn’t inspirational.
I think a lot of us like health rules because it is one more way we can assert that we are good. Good citizens, good eaters, good movers and shakers.
There are a few problems with this 1) rules change. We find out new stuff and prior beliefs are proved false (e.g. The egg was unhealthy 10 years ago, and now is deemed chocked full of awesome vitamins) 2) people TELL us what is healthy and it is really an external process and 3) these rules generally are how to decrease illness. NOT REALLY MAKE US HEALTHY
World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) definition of “health”
The most famous modern definition of health was created during a Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
The Definition has not been amended since 1948.
Health is about life. I think health is just that: constantly growing and reaching and searching to be authentically HERE. Sometimes I think that health is eating a hamburger. I noshed on In and Out on the day I was conferred by PhD. It wasn’t anything I did, more so, it was something I grasped. Health sometimes is sleeping in. It is recognizing that soft warm chewy cookies, and screaming your head off.
I think we don’t CREATE health, I think we fight against illness. But Health? Perhaps health is already there. Perhaps it is not something we create, but something we find.
In this month of new resolutions and tons of bleak warnings, I am turning off the external shoulds and should nots and instead listening to what I desire. what I want more of. and what i want to engender, not just prevent.
How is health happening to you?