By Tonya Yancey
Life is not static, and change is inevitable. Our bodies and lives have been in a state of ebb and flow since conception. Indeed, it is normal to have a loss of health and then to return back. In fact, no one has perfect health and everyone faces some sort of health challenges.
Healing within the body is a natural function as the body is always working toward a state of wholeness and balance. If you cut yourself, you see in the scab the body’s inherent healing function. When the healing function becomes blocked, overwhelmed or stalled, an illness may be manifesting within the body and then your system needs help.
It is important to make a distinction between treatment and healing. Healing is a normal instinctive function of the body whereas treatment is something that comes from the outside. We seek treatment, but our body automatically heals or repairs itself at the cellular level. The challenge is in finding the right support for your body. Not so easy. It is definitely a journey and I’m not sure we ever arrive at a final destination, as such is the nature of constant change.
Certainly age and time have a role to play in a body’s healing system to operate at an optimal level. Young people unquestionably have a more elastic and forgiving body and it is during this youthful time of perceived immortality that habits and patterns become established. By middle age, at around 40 years of age, the bill comes due. Our lifestyle choices, habits and even past emotional traumas have accumulated and for many have started to overwhelm the body and create symptoms of discomfort that aren’t as easily remedied. Our bodies start to nag at us, persistently urging us to change.
A better service of the healing system would be if it gave us these strong messages at younger ages. An immediate effect of consequence being felt in the moment of abusing ourselves would undoubtedly grab our attention. Therefore, the aim is to focus on prevention and to realize that it is not if you are going to face a health crisis, but when you face a health crisis. Shifting the focus to the intention of prevention then supports your own healing functions to be better able to rebalance.
Indeed most of us desire to have a higher quality of life, especial as we age. Start today and take action. Learn to listen to and follow your inner whisperings and realize it takes time to implement those choices into your life. Action builds energy that leads to motivation and life-affirming habits, so create the intention to support the healing function of the body.
Change is inevitable, life ebbs and flows and we can heal by learning to work with our unique physiology. It may not be easy, but well worth the effort.