Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

Two Mouths…One Body

As we recover from two years of campaigning, the election of a new President, and a new administration finding its land legs we begin to focus on what’s being said.  Our goal is to decipher the information presented by the press and other outlets and the try to find the truth in that message.  Now that the new administration is in place there are daily accounts of how we, the public, were told one thing and now there are people trying to skew their actions based on what’s in their own best interest.  A great example is a person named to the administration who has been a lobbyist, but since they didn’t register as a lobbyist they don’t have to be held to the same standards.

You may be wondering why I bring this up.  The truth is that what we believe, what we say and our actions aren’t always in sync with one another.  How many of us have proclaimed our intention to get well and then begin missing doses of medication.  How many of us have been told by doctors that if we don’t change our eating habits the potential for chaos in our bodies is heightened.

We have the capacity to be righteous about getting well in the presence of the doctor and then march out the door and act counter to the words just expressed.  Can we really have it both ways?  Can we proclaim our desire for health and then do what we want?  When did we go to medical school?

We’re talking about a way of life that requires us to speak with one mouth, one voice and in sync with our one body.  (we interrupt this entry for a true confession)  I take a medication that increases my cholesterol.  I’ve had conversations with my doctor about my diet and I agree to change my eating habits, until I walk out of the office and have a pastry with my coffee.  A few weeks ago I had my last visit with my doctor since he’s moving to Arizona.  I left the office wanting to honor our relationship and that included changing my diet.  I have…I’m into my fourth week and I feel better.  I have less heartburn and my assumption is that my next blood test will be proof of my efforts.  I’m not in alignment on many levels and didn’t need a chiropractor.

How will you align your mind, body and spirit?  What one thing can you do today that will bring you closer to aligning your words with your actions?  What’s the one thing you’d like to achieve by committing to this alignment?


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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