Whether it's medicine, religion, dress, or even mannerisms, there's no denying that the culture we have been brought up in has an effect on our worldview and our comfort level with certain concepts. Through my journey in natural medicine and herbalism, I have found again and again that I have had to release my preconceived bias surrounding ideas that seemed flat out weird to me. In doing so, I have found an amazing openness, appreciation and curiosity in not only holistic medicine modalities, but in the complexity and depth of humans themselves. Healing is not simply curing; to activate your body's own ability to heal itself requires grace, humility, and trust, which sounds a lot like what it takes to have a healthy relationship with someone you love.
The fact is that we are still learning about the complexity of the human body and how sickness and disease also tie into our emotions, mental state, and even spiritual state. You don't need a doctor to tell you that when you have a stomach ache after getting your heart broken that the two are connected. We intuitively know that our emotions affect how we feel physically. It is this intuition that I want to encourage people to listen to. Next time you have a headache or digestive issues, instead of reaching for the medicine cabinet (even for natural remedies) take a moment to listen to your body. Where is this pain coming from? Are you carrying stress or guilt? Are you walking in truth and authenticity? We are not machines, you can't separate our parts. When there is disharmony in any part of our lives, it will infiltrate to all parts eventually, including your physical health. For true healing, you have to go to the root of the issue, not just mask the symptoms.
I encourage you to look at health differently. Not viewing it just as the absence of disease, being the "perfect" weight , or managing pain, but as an awareness and appreciation of all the aspects that make you distinctly you. Cultivate a lifestyle that enriches you physically, mentally and spiritually. Don't let preconceived ideas keep you from benefiting from all of the amazing healing techniques that have been practiced for thousands of years, all over the world. By approaching yourself and others with openness and grace, you create a conducive environment for true healing.