Lets change our mindset. A declaration to ourselves. I’ve been thinking about our dysfunctional sick care or insurance reform that’s been in the news almost daily and know this is not the answer. American’s are smarter than this, and it’s time to take control of our own destiny. The question is really, how do we stay out of the sick-care spiral? Our current system is a failure to create true health. What about instead, a pro-active choice to live a life of vitality and wellness? The WHO (World Health Organization) defines health “is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”
Ask yourself in this moment, what do I need to do to insure myself a life of wellness– Today? (Not next week, or next month or next year or when I get around to it or after I have a heart attack or diabetes.) The responsibility has to shift to us and our choices in the moment; not some future situation or event. I always tell my clients it’s easier NOT to have to DIG YOURSELF out of a ditch or mud hole–you know when your boots are stuck. What does it take to avoid the ditch and mud? Everybody can live a life of wellness–not just a few. Just like the air we breathe–there is not a limited number of people who can be well at one time. There is no preset number or rotation or take a number; the responsibility becomes ours.
Educators and parents have used the philosophy of Natural and Logical consequences for years. I used it on my own children. It goes like this: If I choose option A (this could or will happen) and if I choose option B ( another set of potentials must happen) but the responsibility ultimately falls on our shoulders or in the case of my kids–theirs– and I have no one to blame, but myself! Nifty for kids–more to think about when it us!
Hum, let me see, what do I get to do today that supports me being healthy? That gives me vitality? That allows me to fulfill my passion, purpose and desires? That creates positive energy in my life? How can I shift the box I now live in to create this space?
I love the metaphor of the painter and his canvas.
Could I use a few new paintbrushes to paint another canvas? Is it time to bring out the paint set, set up my easel and dream for a minute about a new way to paint? Is it the paint, brushes, technique or time of day–what I wear or don’t wear that inspires me to paint without the constraint of what I was taught? A roller, a rag, stones, leaves, splashing, throwing, dripping, spinning, mixing our medium and colors to recreate andunlearn all that we we taught in Art School? Maybe forgetting everything and painting with our innate wisdom, a more beautiful and profoundly moving piece of art and portrait? What if our paintbrushes were our tools for wellness–and the canvas was our body. Are we able to UN-learn what we think we know? How open are we to a new technique not restricted by someone else’s belief and truth moving forward without our fears in our personal new paradigm of wellness. Drop your resistance. We can do this. You can do this! Begin today! Do whatever it takes to wipe the cobwebs off your easel.
Pick up ‘one new color’ that calls to you–and a small brush. The brush represents a more healthful lifestyle choice; the color; our action. Could that be a pair of walking shoes to walk around the block? Or eating something green? Or having a apple with lunch or skipping the drive-thru or packing something from home because its organic? What about becoming gluten free or reading labels and watching our ingestion of sugar laden foods? Or drinking more water? Each of us is on our own time schedule–and our old canvas we’re painting over is sometimes cracked and worn, but the new masterpiece is well worth the effort, if we can just use our imagination and see in our minds eye, what is possible. Now download some Mozart, write your intentions and make a dream board. The Universe always tells us “yes”. Choose one big thing and one small thing that you can do today to begin this journey! Shut your eyes and feelthe joy and vitality shifting with your intent and declaration. Congratulations, you’re on your way! The master is you, soon to be unveiled!
“Inspired wellness from within”
Cathy Silver, HC