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Where Does Wellness Reside?

I think about health and healing constantly.  I’m always reading, listening, and contemplating how those of us diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness can invoke wellness.  I’m not thinking about invoking it like an incantation, but bringing it consciously into our lives so that we can activate all the positive energy we need to overcome any and all health challenges.

So where does wellness reside?  Is it something we find in a bottle or a book?  Is wellness in a meditation or supplement?  I guess it can reside in all those places, but overwhelmingly I keep coming back to the fact that wellness resides within each of us.  I remember when I worked at The Wellness Community and the doctors who supported the organization discussing how our cells have a memory of wellness.  If our cells have the memory of wellness then doesn’t that mean that wellness resides within?

As I sit here typing these words I think about that old movie, Fantastic Voyage (1966), where a submarine with scientists is injected into the bloodstream of a person.  I know this is far-fetched, but what if we could do it without the submarine; would that make a difference for you?  Well that’s what I’m thinking is possible and why wellness resides within!

If we’re brave enough and persevere, I believe that we can find those hidden pockets of wellness that lie deep in our bodies.  When we activate these pockets of wellness we can bring wellness into the light and aid us in achieving new levels of peace-of-mind.  It’s interesting because when we make the conscious decision to go within instead of finding a book, pill, or guru to aid in health and healing we access infinite resources.  When we access the depths of the well, we’re able to bring forth body, mind, and spirit to unite and take on any and all health challenges.

I hope you find where wellness resides within you?

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

But I Was Healthy Before I Was Sick

Believe it or not the title of today’s post was actual words spoken by a real person.  I guess what they were trying to convey was that there weren’t any indications of illness prior to the diagnosis.  They made it sound as if everyone who gets a diagnosis shows signs and symptoms from birth and what we’re all waiting for is the manifestation of the illness.

The truth is that everyone was healthy before their diagnosis.  Even if you were diagnosed at 2 days old, the previous two days, at least in the minds of everyone around you, you were healthy.  I guess I find the line humorous because it implies that the person shouldn’t have been diagnosed with an illness because they were healthy.  That’s the insidious nature of disease, it sneaks up on most and catches you when you least expect it.  It’s able to do that because no one expects to be ill.

So what do you do with the notion of health?  Can you be healthy once again following the diagnosis?  Does health lie on a continuum?  Do your expectations fall on a continuum?  Those diagnosed with an illness can experience increased health because for many a diagnosis shifts their consciousness about their health and their bodies.  It shifts caring for the body, mind, and soul from passive to active.  That’s the greatest shift you can ever make about anything in your life; the ability to do it with intention.

When you make the shift from passive to active participation of consciousness you become engaged in your own life, not just related to health but on a variety of life experiences.  You develop the understanding and the capacity to generalize your active consciousness to other arenas increasing your level of health in all areas of your life.  You’ll find your relationships get healthier, your career gets healthier, and your spirit gets healthier.

Yes you were healthy before you were sick, but the cells in your body have a memory.  They are able to remember being well so work toward activating that memory and improving your health.