Our Body Knows What It Is Doing
Our body has the ability to heal itself, this is a proven fact. When you get a paper cut, no one doubts for a minute that the body will quickly heal the cut. Even when you break a bone, we all know that the bone will mend itself, it is of course extremely helpful to have doctor set it in the proper place first, but the actual healing is all handled by the body, there is no pill a doctor can prescribe that will force a bone to mend. So why is it that when we get a chronic illness or disease we immediately give up on the bodies ability to take care of itself? We have such a dependency on pharmaceuticals, and yet we have no way of knowing how effective they really are.
The Placebo Effect
Everyone has heard of the placebo effect, and most new medicines are tested using a control group that receives a placebo in place of the actual medicine, but because they are testing the effectiveness of the medicine and not the effectiveness of the placebo, the results of the placebo group are only used to demonstrate how much more effective the medicine is versus "nothing". What they fail to account for is that much of the medicine's effectiveness is the result of the "placebo effect". Even though those participants were giving the actual medicine, the healing is all handled by the body and the patient's belief that it will work and the faith they have placed in their doctor and the medical community at large, only works to support the body's natural ability. The only way to separate this effect would be to give the patients the medicine but TELL them it is only a placebo! That would be a true test of the medicine's ability to work. But enough about medicine, my goal is to illustrate how effective our bodies are at taking care of themselves with or without medicine.
The New Normal Is Bad!
The body is preconditioned by homeostasis to return to state of perfect health. The problem we face, is that because we live in an amazingly hectic environment, where we are constantly exposing ourselves to physical and mental stressors eventually our bodies become overwhelmed and in time our body resets what it believes to be "normal" and homeostasis begins fighting to keep us in the new normal, which can be a state of poor health. So the trick, or incredibly difficult challenge as it were, is to remember what it felt like when our normal state of being was one of perfect health.
Do You Remember Wellness?
Great, What Now?
How do you remember wellness? Well, it can be as simple as picturing yourself in a state of perfect health each day. Remember a time in your life, when you were in perfect health and visualize how you looked and felt. This will help your body reset your normal back to one of perfect health. I find that it is incredibly helpful to meditate for a few minutes, 15 minutes will do, and then picture yourself as you once were and how you want to be again. If you are new to meditation, it is as simple as sitting still, and quieting the mind. It's almost impossible to "not think" so its much easier to choose what you think about. Pick a word or phrase and repeat it silently to yourself, and when you feel yourself being distracted by other thoughts, don't give up, or get frustrated, simply refocus on your word or phrase.
Ready To Remember?
If you'd like to learn more about the placebo effect, meditation and remembered wellness I suggest you research Dr. Herbert Benson, he has been studying the effect of meditation on our health for forty plus years at Harvard Medical School.