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Wholeness, health and medicine

We need a reason to get up in the morning

West Virginia woods late on a summer day

Let’s face it – we know almost nothing about everything. That is true for almost everyone, including for those that practice medicine.

If we do our jobs well, then we support people through their illnesses and try to unblock the issues that prevent the body from healing itself.

While we have made advances technologically, scientifically and socially, humans are largely suffering the consequences of our evolution.

We were used to relying on each other for food and protection. We now rely on grocery stores and police departments.

We used to exercise a lot to survive and thrive. We now watch a lot of tv and play a lot of video games.

We used to serve. Now we expect to be served.

We used to live intergenerationally and the elders were the wise sages of the tribe. We now move as much as we stay put. We often don’t even know our neighbors.

We used to focus on purpose, even if it seemed menial. Today, many of us lack a reason to get up in the morning.

We used to believe in the American dream. To sacrifice for something greater. Now we are at war with ourselves and suffer from polarization and ego-driven goals that favor celebrity over heroism.

This is why I believe we are sick as a country.

What is the path to a happy and healthy life? I think it is getting back to our roots.

Wholeness is health. We are fragmented and ego-driven. How do we get back to being a deeply connected human tribe?

Being part of a single experience of ONE. Remember, all mass is made up of energy and thus, we are energy beings with a human experience (E=mc2).

I believe we are doors of the same house. Droplets of the same ocean. Entities sharing the same roots.

Maybe the things we dislike in others may really just be a reflection of what we dislike in ourselves. Understanding this may allow us to forgive others as we forgive ourselves. Understanding this may allow us to love others as we learn to love ourselves.

As we learn to more unconditionally love ourselves, our judgements and fears about others may fade. This may enable our scarcity mentality to give way to an abundance mentality.

This may be a secret to feeling whole. To feeling connected. To sharing a foundational frame of sameness, not one of difference.

Our powerful ego falsely makes us feel fragmented, fearful, vunerable, and isolated, which is an underlying truth of those of us addicted to drugs, alcohol and suffering from chronic disease.

Every time we criticize another, make a judgement, feel scared, buy into a scarcity mindset or feel like a victim, we feed our egos and feel more and more alone.

If we consider this premise as an underlying cause of many of our health problems, then maybe the solution is really simple in theory, but very difficult to practice.

We should stop working so hard to control our lives and the things that happen to us and start to seek out joy and wonder.

Ego, fear, isolation, and a scarcity mindset divides and fragments us. Wonder, gratitude, purpose, trust, love and an abundance mindset unites us and makes us whole.

As we develop trust in our lives and surrender to the beauty that surrounds us (in people, nature, purpose, art, poetry, music, books, etc.), we develop gratitude for things in our lives that we overlook and miss each day.

Gratitude for our lives and our world is a key to rediscover wholeness, which is right in front of us, if we choose to see it.

Einstein said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as if everything is a miracle and the other is as if nothing is a miracle.”

It is our choice.

Almost heaven.

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