Knowing Our Body and Knowing Ourselves

Ever since I started meditating 40+ years ago, the objective has always been to go within to get in touch with another, deeper part of myself. That inner experience is distinct from the external world’s issues, a world that seems so real and affects me in so many different ways (i.e., my problems, relationships, roles, jobs, and responsibilities). The inner world is real, too, and offers unique benefits such as peace, clarity, calmness, and inner strength. However, if you haven’t had the opportunity to experience it, then the world outside, the one we relate to, appears to be the only one that exists during our waking hours.

Our Body’s Unique Health System

2500 years ago, according to  Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine:

“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we simply have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine…our medicine, our food.”

When we break a bone, cut or burn ourselves, although the external doctor puts on the cast, applies the stitches and the soothing creams, it’s the inner doctor that heals us.  Among countless other things, it also beats our heart, circulates our blood, breathes our air, maintains our blood pressure and body temperature, and fights foreign invaders such as viruses, bacteria, and cancer. What does it ask from us? Help it to do its work. To me, my body is a health system that works because it wants the same thing that I do…to be as healthy as I can. A fine-tuned body is also our best health insurance, that money can’t buy.

Unfortunately, just as most people ignore the importance of knowing the inner self, so too, we ignore and fail to appreciate our body’s innate capacity to cure itself. Instead of relying on mostly whole food plant-based nutrition and other positive lifestyle choices, we prefer to depend on the medical profession to care for us and keep us healthy. What do they have at their disposal? Drugs, surgery, invasive therapies, and advanced technology. What has been the result? The exponential increase in painful, chronic diseases as well as premature deaths.

This lack of knowing and trusting our body’s capability to prevent and even reverse chronic diseases is evident now as we confront this pandemic. The health issues most associated with severe symptoms and tragic death, from the virus, are the same ones that we could prevent and even reverse if we helped our body to do this. Because we’re dealing with a virus, there is very little that the medical profession can do for us now. They insist that we stay at home, wear masks, maintain our social distance, and wait for the fast-tracked vaccine.

In my opinion, what we urgently need, at this time is expert guidance that will help us to strengthen our immune system and eliminate the diseases linked to covid-19.    

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