Posted by Michael Finkelstein | July 26th, 2010
How healthy are you, really?
Most people’s initial reaction to this question is to say they’re “pretty healthy.” They’ll answer the question based on the conventional idea that “health” means “the absence of disease or injury,” and they’ll give themselves a pass. For many others, in particular those who are dealing with illness as typically defined in our society, all too often accept their condition as something that is beyond their ability to heal on any level.
However, I urge you to consider your health not simply through the physical lens that you are probably accustomed to, but through a more layered and frankly more sophisticated point of view. After all, our careers, our relationships, our finances, and the social and physical environment in which we live are as essential as physical health to our overall wellbeing. Therefore, to be truly healthy would require a dynamic balance between all these disparate yet connected elements.
Are you prepared to shift your view and think of health in much broader terms than toned muscles, clear skin, youthful glow, low resting heart rate, cholesterol level or the affirmation of these by well intentioned physicians? I urge you to instead consider health as something that represents a state of flow, unity, energy, and brightness.