Holistic mind body spirit health and healing is a self-care journey you make from who you are now to who you want to become as a whole person. The path you travel on this path is not made up of magic pills and empty promises, although you may run into some of those along the way. Rather, it is made up of hope, love, wisdom, education, positive relationships, effort, and a willingness to do what it takes.
Indigenous peoples have long understood that mind body spirit health and healing require a whole person approach that may involve the community and/or a shaman. Ancient wisdom summarizes this connection of mind body spirit in the words, "As a man thinks, so he is" and "as within, so without." The mind can heal the body and the body can affect the mind. The spirit is over all.
On the other hand, the modern medical establishment still clings to its allopathic approach to the body as a conglomerate of parts. But that is slowly changing. Genetic and brain studies are proving beyond a doubt that mind and body are one. For better or worse, they are intertwined and influence each other.
In fact, the mind body connection is so powerful that researchers have to allow for the placebo effect - the spontaneous healing of participants who get fake drugs and medical procedures- when conducting studies.
It is to your benefit to understand the power of the placebo effect and its counterpart the nocebo effect. The power of your mind to heal or make you sick, depending on your subconscious beliefs, can make all the difference when you are facing health challenges or want to improve any aspect of your self-care. When you learn how to tap into your innate mind power, and use it to your advantage, you can improve your health on all levels. You can create your life by design instead of letting your life happen by default.
The relationship between mind body and soul is an innate complex web of communication. These levels of your being are constantly interacting and affecting each other.
To observe how intimately the mind and body are connected, watch babies or toddlers having an emotional outburst. It's quite fascinating to see facial expressions and body movement change second by second in tune with every nuance of emotion. A look inside them would reveal changes in blood pressure, hormone levels, cell repair, and a host of other bio-chemical reactions in response to positive and negative emotions or conditions in the body.
You know those butterflies in your stomach when you get nervous? That's mind-body communication in action. If you were hooked up to a blood pressure monitor, you would probably see the numbers rising along with your fear. You may not consciously notice it, but when your mind is relaxed, chemicals signal your cells to regenerate and repair themselves. When you are stressed out, this energy is diverted at the expense of healing.
These health-enhancing and health-negating messages are in continuous flow. When these messages become imbalanced, which is often the case in our modern world of chemicals, stress and poor lifestyle habits, the scales can easily tip in favor of poor physical health, disease, and negative mental states. Fortunately, you have the power to tip the scale in favor of optimal mind body spirit health and healing by attending to your self-care on all levels.
In order to make empowered decisions about your mind body spirit health and healing, it is most helpful to understand the workings of your bodymind and to cultivate the ability to tap into your innate wisdom and healing power. Because this is more about a way of being rather than doing a bunch of actions, the benefits spill into all areas of your life. That is a big part of the holistic wellness approach.
For example, you can drop stressful self-talk habits and create a life-affirming belief system that serves what you want now and in your future. As you make a habit of incorporating these thought processes into your life, you become someone who has supportive thought patterns. It becomes part of your identity. On a physical level, you are shifting the chemical messages your brain sends to your body to those that promote wellness instead of illness, happiness instead of negativity, and living a fulfilled, purposeful life instead of just existing.
Unfortunately, even though the mind body spirit connection is better understood now than it the past, harnessing it for manifesting and healing has yet to become an exact science. Even though researchers are uncovering ways that you can intentionally train your brain, its ways still remain mysterious.
One never knows exactly how, when, or if you will realize the specific cure you desire. Healing does not necessarily mean cure. Rather, it gives you a sense of wholeness and well-being, which may or may not include a physical healing.
Sometimes when you focus your attention and efforts on creating mind, body, spirit health, you get an unexpected bonus healing. It is not at all uncommon for physical healing to accompany emotional healing or vice versa. For example, many people have reported that they experienced a spontaneous healing of physical health problems when they forgave themselves and others and/or cultivating an when they practiced gratitude and appreciation regardless of circumstances. Likewise, some people report a mental healing after a change of diet or a new exercise plan.
That's why it is important to embrace a holistic approach to health and healing. The true cause behind an illness is often hidden or unknown. For many modern-day maladies, such as cancer and Type II diabetes, the root causes often stem from lifestyle choices - what you eat, exposure to toxins, stress-levels, etc. You increase your chances of getting well and staying well when you care for yourself as a whole person. At the very least you are likely to experience an improved sense mind, body, spirit health.
When you make the choice for healing mind body and spirit, you make self-care a priority. This does not mean you go it alone. It means you reclaim your power and become an active participant in your wellness and healing process.
Mind body spirit health and healing starts with you. It is not a magic pill, but rather a journey that may take you where you would have never thought or known to go. It is so much deeper, so much richer, than you could ever imagine when you take those first steps. And that is why it brings with it the possibility and promise of healing and a vital, healthy life.
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Mind Body Spirit Health and Healing page updated 04/2021