Health is a state of being whole
Health is a state of being whole. Disease is a state of being separated. When something is a part, it is a-part. To heal oneself is to become whole.
You cannot buy, beg, borrow or steal health.
You cannot buy, beg, borrow or steal health. It is nature’s gift to you. Each of us must find our own path towards a life lived to its fullest. In making the most of ourselves, we repay nature the debt we owe her for giving us life.
We have made an idol out of our individuality.
Today, we pride ourselves on the fluidity of our society in which theoretically, everyone can use their talents and ambitions to earn their fame and fortune. We revel in our great mobility, in our rootlessness and love to live footloose. Forgetting the past and being free from all its ties and limitations, has become our youths’ rite of passage. In magnifying our individuality, we have come to equate progress (as epitomised by science) with forgetfulness – and have made an idol out of our individuality.
Many people now live like slaves to progress. Many of us invest a lot in egotistically establishing our own individual ethics and morals, since we feel that we have nothing else to invest in with confidence. Our collective policy of “everyone for themselves” regards everything outside the individual, even nature, as an enemy.
We each have a personal responsibility to learn as much as possible about health.
However, in respect to health, we tend to ignore individuality, often focusing on ‘backs’ or ‘lungs’ and neglecting the organism, the whole being that hosts that particular back or lung. Piecemeal therapy cannot encourage balance within an organism. Since today’s medical profession often fails to educate their patients about health, today’s patients must educate themselves about health. Everyone in today’s world who wants to be healthy, has a personal responsibility to learn as much as possible about health.
You are part of my environment and I am part of yours.
Individual balance, or harmony, has a vertical dimension, which is the dynamic interplay of the individual’s body, mind and spirit as well as a horizontal dimension, which is the equilibrium between the individual and it’s environment. Everything outside your skin is part of your environment. Nature is the sum total of all individuals and their environments. For you to be healthy, your physical body must be in harmony with nature, your mind with the group-mind of the group you live with, and your essence, in a satisfying relationship with the universal ground of everything.
About the Author
Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community. Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television. Shantiji is the CEO of Health Institute Australasia.