Hello SOTGC community,
If you feel uninspired these days to stay committed to your health regimen, let me share a recent experience leading me to take pause, exercise self-forgiveness for the recent complacency towards my personal health regimen and gratefully embrace the opportunity to recommit to daily lifestyle choices. Hopefully, it will inspire you to do the same.
In the midst of a busy summer filled with travel, attending a spiritual retreat, growing AmoraMED Institute, and finishing my Masters in Spiritual Psychology, I’ve let the constant on-the-go schedule keep me distracted and occupied. The “I’m busy” excuse surfaces, and a mindfulness practice towards the daily health routine slowly dissipates. Again. Sound familiar? When this happens, I am aware I’ve let life get in the way of those sacred commitments I made to my body, mind, heart, and spirit for health and wellbeing. But all of life’s distractions come to a screeching halt when I find out someone I know has received a diagnosis of cancer, at the young age of 43. In a very simple moment, life becomes crystal clear, as it often can, when a grave diagnosis, death and dying, and a potentially shortened life span are involved.
As I process this information, I see through my sadness and identify the blessing in this person’s diagnosis. It is an opportunity for me to reassign value to the little things that bring a healthy life through impeccable self-care. I sit on the beach over the weekend, watching everyone enjoying the sun, many without shade protection, and I am reminded that my diligence with my preventive sunscreen routine has waned in recent months. As I make “food as medicine” suggestions, I am gently aware of my own intake of anti-cancer foods as being more sporadic than usual. As I sip my morning tea, I look at my juicer, taking note of the last time I used it. I am ultimately reminded that health is a choice we make, one that requires devotion and mindful attention.
As I review my physical and nutritional regimen, noting the areas requiring loving attention, this news of cancer affecting someone in my personal circle is also a graceful reminder of the importance of living life from a heart-centered space. What does that mean? It means experiencing beauty, joy, forgiveness, love, and gratitude every day. Even the frustrating days. It is a reminder to practice letting go of the little things. Cancer is a profound opportunity to release resentments and judgments. It is an invitation to practice celebration and positivity. Celebrate life, the body, and the state of health we have been given, even if it doesn’t fit our ideal version. Because what we receive can always be more, but it can be less, and it can certainly be taken away without warning. Our health teaches us the preciousness of life and gives us a chance to decide how we want to live each day. Unfortunately, we often learn this the hard way.
If you knew you were being given less than a year to live, but by making certain lifestyle choices, it could buy you twenty more, what health-honoring choices would you make in this moment? Will it take a personal diagnosis of cancer or one affecting a loved one to begin implementing your lifestyle medicine changes? Or can you use the gift of this blog to inspire yourself and support a proactive vision of radiant health? Set an intention and commit to making a positive change today. Life is short, precious, and much easier to enjoy when your health is in order.