It should be a simple question but it is not. Our state of health is subjective. For over 50 years, the definition of health and well-being it has taken different meanings. Our idea of health will depend of our environment and lifestyle. Most frequently, we are confused with all information we get from media and from the healthcare system. The only way to understand what is best for us is to take charge of our health. It is not easy because we have to ask questions, educate ourselves and change habits. In addition, the way we see our bodies is personal and we need to realize that there is a direct connection between what we eat, our environment and mindset. Our society wants everything fast. A pill for everything, we do not want to feel pain. We have not time to understand our bio-individuality. However, if we provide our bodies with healthy food and clean environment anything can be possible. Sure, we need to shed bad habits but then we leave room for good habits. Studies have shown than the brain can be taught good habits no matter how old we are. Once we start bringing one good habit into our lives, it has a domino effect, one leads to another and another….
“The practical dilemma is how to use your strengths and motivation to help yourself remain committed to wellness as a lifetime pattern.” (Dr. Deepak Chopra”)
I highly recommend the following article from Deepak Chopra “A Personal Mission: Define Your Wellness” We need guidance,support and most of all the willingness to take back our health. This is Dr. Chopra’s mission as it is for many of us that are in the alternative and holistic practices. We want to support and walk with you in the journey to better health and your true self.
A Personal Mission: Define Your Wellness
By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP
A basic outline for prevention has existed for more than thirty years, but wellness has had a hard time making real headway. Old habits are hard to break. Our society has a magic bullet fixation, waiting for the next miracle drug to cure us of every ill. Doctors receive no economic benefit from pushing prevention over drugs and surgery. For all these reasons, compliance with prevention falls far below what is needed for maximum wellness.
Rather than feeling gloomy, my focus has been on getting the individual to take charge of their own wellness. This can be a considerable challenge, since we are each unique in our bodies but also unique in our pattern of bad habits and poor lifestyle choices. More than 40% of American adults make a resolution to live a better life each year, and fewer than half keep their promise to themselves for longer than 6 months. Conditioning is hard to break, but the key is that the power to break a habit belongs to the same person who made it – the turnaround amounts to giving up unconscious behavior and adopting conscious new patterns.
Once your mind begins to pay attention, your brain can build new neural pathways to reinforce what you learn. Much is made of the brain’s ability to change and adapt – the general term is neuroplasticity – but I think science has been slow to catch up with wise experience. It has always been true that applying awareness in any form, through such things as resolve, discipline, good intentions, and mindfulness, has the power to create change. The practical dilemma is how to use your strengths and motivation to help yourself remain committed to wellness as a lifetime pattern. Read more….