(Simplicity of Wellness will be a series of short posts that will eventually become one long article with its own page. This is my first installment. I hope you enjoy.)
“A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us, like the grass which confesses the influence of the slightest dew that falls on it.”
– Henry David Thoreau
I have learned the key to health the hard way. I’ve tried repeatedly, and mostly unsuccessfully to “get healthy” by all manner of contrivance. I gobbled the vitamins, herbs,and “nutriceuticals”. I bopped along to the exercise tapes. I bought the air purifiers, tested my water, tossed the Teflon and plastic, and bought organic. I even felt self-righteous about my efforts because I was, as I thought, doing it naturally. But I was trying to build a house without a foundation, and for that reason I was bound to fail.
What is health? Websters dictionary defines it as “the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit”. The opposite of health, then, is the condition of being unsound in body, mind or spirit. As a society we intuitively understand this, as is evidenced by our metaphors for poor health. We “fly to pieces”, “come apart at the seams”, and “come unglued” when we are not well. Poor health is a state of disconnection, disintegration.
What is the antidote? In a word, love. We cannot be healthy in the absence of love. It will not matter how many pills we swallow, how many organic carrots we munch, or what kind of water filtration system we buy if we have not learned love. God is love, which means that love created the universe. It is the true foundation of everything, including us.
What does this mean in practical terms? It means that a loving connection with the creator, with ourselves, and with other creatures is where all healing journeys begin and end. We must begin at the beginning.