Today’s post is not so much about a physical change as a mental change in my quest for health. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from all of my biology and neuroscience classes and other reading I have done, it is the strength and wonder of our own bodies. We are just beginning to comprehend the number of metabolic processes that are occurring every second to keep us alive, and we have yet to find a computer that has the power of the human brain. Yet we all look to external sources to find our health and strength. Yes, blueberries are filled with antioxidants, and exercise can tone our muscles, but this is worthless (to a certain extent) if we don’t believe in our own power.
In Anti-Cancer by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber (a great book, by the way), he talks about the “Type C” personality, those that accept the lot that is handed to them and don’t believe that they have any control over their bodies and their future. It plays into our Western view of medicine — that each of us is on a dangerous precipice, and any sway of wind will throw us down the mountain. In the Ayurvedic system, it’s a little more like being in the valley – that our bodies want to stay grounded and in balance..but if our lifestyle and choices keep bringing us further and further from that balance (up the hill, if you will), we will eventually reach that precipice.
I’m not prescribing any diet plan or spiritual awakening or anything; I just wanted to say take the time today to appreciate and acknowledge the raw strength and power of your own body and its ability to heal itself. It’s pretty amazing, and it may have quite an affect on you and the way you view your health.