Touring I am fortunate enough to be invited into people’s homes and lives on almost a daily basis. Although my tour is not focused on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) many I visit do have mobility and/or limb issues. If I ask them what they wished would change in a year the answer is always universal – “I want to walk” or “I want to use my arms/hands.” Even if many were depressed, sad or struggling with anxiety, bad marriages, finances and more they always want to have their body back.
Never is it that they want to be happy & healthy.
Somehow the societal norm is happiness equals using our limbs freely. I know because for years once I started to live with MS I would tell my kid and spouse if I was in a wheelchair my life would be over. Until one day I woke up and my hands didn’t work. Quickly I began to realize that many in wheelchairs and with limb issues live exceptional lives and most were happy with their lives.
Quickly once I was living it I changed my tune that a wheelchair or my hands were not going to define me. They were only one part of me.
I asked myself and the tour friends did they think “happiness existed outside of a wheelchair or mobility issue?” Unanimously they responded, “of course it did.” Funny since at the same time each of us had wished for only mobility related changes in the year.
Societal norms influences our wishes too.
Just like I mention in my TEDx societal norms come into play in the strangest ways sometimes. This is another example of the role in our lives and once again found to be an almost universal norm in many societies.
Somehow we all believe(d) if we got it right we would be without a wheelchair & have our limbs moving freely. For most of is this instead of being happy, healthy and loved.
We all know that living a happy, healthy & full life are the keys to BAM.
When we focus on one area or body part we are discounting the fullness of what life has to offer. When we focus on living a life that represents the best version of ourselves it creates the space for healing and the powerful medicine mentioned in the title.
Key to my lens for healing are reminders that I decided or the what and why of my life.
No longer am I living an auto-pilot existence.
No longer is MS me.
No longer do I take Mother Nature for granted.
No longer do I ask more of my body than I give it. .
No longer do I consciously self poison with food.
No longer to have a negative impact on the earth without conscious effort to change.
No longer do I cook with foods I have no idea where they came from.
No longer do I believe western medicine is the only answer.
No longer do I believe my healthcare comes from big pharma.
No longer do I believe I am powerless against MS.
No longer do I believe our environment is toxin free.
No longer do I believe our water is safe to drink.
No longer do I believe our oceans are clean.
No longer do I believe my life trajectory was to be bedridden.
No longer do I believe eating processed food is a good idea.
No longer do I believe refined sugar is not poison.
No longer do I believe gluten is safe for anyone to eat.
No longer do I believe the person with the most stuff wins.
No longer do I believe the mind-body connection doesn’t matter.
No longer do I believe western medicine is healing focused.
Today I am conscious and not making life choices because of MS as much as because this is what is best for me and all that I am.
Once I began focusing on living my best life and not always MS and healing my body the true healing could begin. The healing that not only stopped what MS was doing to my body, but manages and reversed all that MS delivered(s).
Try taking your eye off of what brought you to consciousness and have both eyes focus on LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE!