Whether we realize it or not, it is common for people to ignore some of the most important traits about themselves. How does this happen? It starts with the feeling that there are other traits more valued by people and the world around us. Sprinkle to that the fear that ignoring those perceived values in favor of our own will cause problems. Guess what? It often will cause problems to hold true to the things you appreciate most about yourself. However, by seeing yourself and your potential clearly, you are also attending to your health. When it becomes habitual to pretend to not see, that is when health can be affected.
is health affected? First we have to explore what health is in the
first place. Is it having a cholesterol level that falls in normal
ranges on blood tests? Is it having a blood pressure that falls around
120/80 mm Hg? Or what about a BMI that indicates a healthy weight for
your specific height? Of course all these measures show aspects of
physical health that are helpful to keep in a healthy range. But they
aren’t the whole picture. Can all of these numbers be normal and someone
still feel unwell in health and life? Yes, and we see it all the time.
So what is the missing piece of the puzzle?
Health can be seen as a uniquely natural state for each individual in
which both the mind and body are able to act and move toward living
life. And because each individual has his or her own life, it is an
individual experience to feel health or illness. When it becomes habit
to ignore individual traits in favor of values that are loosely being
thrown around in our midst, it matters because our sense of self and of
health becomes more muddied.
situation happens every day, all around us, and it affects each of us
in different ways. But by stepping back once in a while and asking,
“What am I pretending to not see..., that I really do see?” we
can get back in touch with pieces of ourselves that are the true natural
medicines for our health. It isn’t very fun to pretend to not see, even
though it happens all the time.
Think of this next suggestion as a refresher for the start of 2013. Think about, or write down, three traits in yourself that you’ve been out of touch with
and that you’d be happy to hang out with again this year. Imagine that
you are hanging out with them for coffee or tea, just to say, “What’s up?”