If you want to improve your health holistically, use this powerful metaphor. [featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”A Healthy Trip To Paradise”]Image from Dollar Photo Club, designed with Canva[/featured-image]
When it comes to building health holistically, we can think of what it’s like to take a trip on an airplane……
Our departure airport is our present state of health. For most of us, this is something less than optimal. Think: Newark NJ on a cloudy day. It’s cold, gray, and dismal.
Our destination airport is ideal health. Think St Thomas British Virgin Islands: sunny, warm, sandy beaches, palm trees swaying gently in the ocean breeze, turquoise water. Get the picture?
Well, like any flight we’re hoping for some good weather. Maybe even some tailwinds to get us to our destination more quickly. However, the trouble is, half the time there’s headwinds impeding our progress.
Similar to the bricks in our (2×4 metaphor) the headwind fans are things such as: sedentary lifestyle, nutritionally depleted processed foods, inadequate rest, toxic emotions like rage, and bitterness, faulty belief systems, and the unhealthy self talk that follows, financial stress, sluggish digestion and elimination, etc.
Our tailwind fans are things such as: fresh, organic, nutritious food, quality sleep, exercise, fresh air, hydration, joy, laughter, prayer, sense of purpose, love, quality relationships etc. I’m sure you can add a few things to these lists.
Our jobs as holistic health enthusiasts is to turn down the speed on as many headwind fans as possible, and maybe even unplug a couple of those babies righ out of the wall. And turn up the speed on as many tailwind fans as we can.[callout]We stand a much better chance of finding the health and vitality we’re desire when we successfully eliminate enough headwind fans (health blocking factors) and add in enough tailwind fans (health enhancing factors) to our lives.[/callout]
This way, we can lean on the God-given wisdom of the body (vitalism) and let our cells do their jobs and watch the body heal itself.[Tweet “”the focus is not on the condition that has the person, but the person that has the condition.” David Sandstrom”]
This way of thinking flies in the face of allopathic medicine where the focus is on the disease. In Naturopathy or holistic health, the focus is not on the condition that has the person, but the person that has the condition.
We stand a much better chance of finding the health and vitality we’re desire when we successfully eliminate enough headwind fans (health blocking factors) and add in enough tailwind fans (health enhancing factors) to our lives. Some changes are easier than others. But, get started today on this journey. You’ll be glad you did. When we approach our health this way, we build margin into our lives and we are better able to handle the stressors that inevitably come our way.
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