When you think about health one of the most significant things you can change is your perspective. The way you think about health, shapes your health. If you think only your body matters, you might eat well and exercise, but then your worry or anger will negate those efforts. If you think you are a body and a mind, you might also learn to manage your daily stress, but then you might not tend to the deeper emotional wounds behind it all, nor focus on a connection to a higher power or the world around you.
The question follows, "what isn't a part of my health?" Spiritual traditions will tell you that you are deeply interconnected with the world, and what is done to one is eventually felt by all. Science now knows the same principle to be true. There is no debate, all of life is interconnected and the pollution in the air and water is as much a part of your diet as what you buy in the store. Everything impacts your health; the world is an extension of your body in a very literal way.
This means that if you are concerned with your health, you should be concerned with the health of your planet. You can't see your body metabolize Vitamin C, but you know you need it and that your body uses it well. You can't see the massive oil spill off the Gulf Coast (partially because the Coast Guard and BP Oil are controlling media access), but you still know its impacting our world. I am struggling to make a difference and have accepted that I won't be flying down to help. But I can make donations to charities that are helping, I can write my Governor or Senator, I can ask my friends to get involved, and maybe some of them have connections or time to help. I am sending this blog to all my posts (which breaks some blogging rules) since it is one effort to help make a difference.
Because my next book is about the connection between inspiration and health (Inspiration Deficit Disorder), I have found myself talking to a lot of people about lifestyle changes and how to make themselves happy. But true inspiration impacts others and makes the world a better place. And though it's unpopular to say, it is not just about being in the world it is also about doing - the core of an inspiration deficit is believing one thing (like valuing nature) and then doing another (ignoring massive environmental catastrophes). This kind of incongruence may not touch you in the short term, but in the long term it may impact us all.
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