In this day and age, our state of health is often determined by how well we feel. If feeling lousy, what’s the typical response? Most grab some Sudafed or Nyquil, take it, and push on with their day. Then, when the medication wears off and we feel bad again, pop another pill.
This process repeats sometimes for weeks, until we actually start to feel better. Then the sentiment is that the medication worked. We say, “thank goodness that Nyquil (or medication of choice) cured me of the flu!”
That, unfortunately, is not entirely correct.
Often times when we experience “bad” or uncomfortable feelings in our body, our first inclination is to go to the doctor. We then expect to be given something, much like a magic bullet, that will make us feel better, so that we can again resume our routine.
However, this approach is not addressing the real issue. To be accurate, we need to look at what process occurred for the medication to do its job. No matter what the symptom, when we take a drug, we are suppressing or repressing the brain’s messages to the body. Take for instance, by popping Nyquil for a cold, we are manipulating our bodies to not express the natural immune responses. In essence, we numb and desensitize our brains and bodies.
When we opt for a quick fix, we really don’t feel better…we actually feel less. We do not dive into the source of the issue.
Another illustration is when organs are surgically removed. Once removed, the cause of the organ’s malfunction is not addressed, only the effects it was creating. Often times, we begin to think that we feel better after an organ -ectomy, but in reality nothing has changed. We merely suppressed the signals to the brain and brainstem by removing the alarm that was sounding off. So in reality, we reduce the communication between the brain and body; we sense or feel less.
On the flip side, we have been indoctrinated in our society to think of health as the absence of symptoms. The misnomer is that, “If we are not sick then, we must be healthy, or if all of our tests report normal levels, then we must be fit as a fiddle, right as rain, and healthy as a horse.” There is nothing more to do as long as we pass the test. Sadly, that approach leads to disease processes thriving.
But, if symptoms are not indicative of our overall well being and health, then what is the measure to use showing we are on a path to greater health?
Well, true health is an inner sense of well being and the body’s ability to respond and ADAPT. If you feel constantly challenged to keep up with life, then its time to make some serious adjustments. Like with any imbalance, the first step is to assess and admit there is an issue.
The following questionnaire may provide some useful insights. Answer it honestly for yourself. You may be surprised by some of your answers.
- On average, do you feel your thought processes throughout the day are crystal clear?
- Is it easy for you to make decisions or come to conclusions about ideas and events in your day?
- Do you often feel foggy?
- Do you get intuitive hits about your life and its best course of action regularly?
- Is it “normal” for you to focus on the bad or negative side of situations?
- Do you spend a lot of time worried or fearful of all the things that could happen?
- Are you easily influenced by the media’s broadcasts?
- Are you easily persuaded by others to act or feel a certain way?
- Do you often feel as if you are on a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the day?
- Is it common to describe you as calm, cool, and collected?
- Is your initial response to big news filled with fear or emotion?
- Do you continually discover ideas and events that inspire you and/or get you excited about life?
- For the most part, do you feel inspired to achieve?
- Do you suffer from intention deficit disorder? This means that you have an intention for your life’s purpose or lack one?
- For the most part, do you feel happy with your life and all it has presented up to this point?
- Does your general experience in life covered by an inner sense that “everything is going to be ok?”
- How often are you in a state of gratitude?
- Which is more common for you: to trust in the flow of daily events in your life or constantly worry about them?
These questions ultimately paint a picture of how your whole health is being expressed…physically, mentally, and spiritually. Answering yes to many of these questions is an indicator that your inner system is out of balance. This imbalance presents itself long before any physical symptoms occur; thus, it is best opportunity to make fast, effective changes.
So, what changes do you feel motivated to make in your life?