Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wonderful You Wednesday: What is a Healthy Person?

Welcome to Wonderful You Wednesday at My Life as a Trimommy.  This is an ongoing series where I will have a post by myself or a guest that focuses on body image and self esteem. This week's guest blogger is Aleksandar R., a friend that I found on Twitter of all places!  I encourage all of you to follow his tweets, @TriShaman, and check out his blog too!


Much emphasis is placed in our culture on properties of youth, beauty, functionality and an idealized notion of health. I would attest that some of the "healthiest" people I am fortunate to know are far from the stereotyped portraits of health that are propegated. Certainly highly fit individuals and athletes have much to teach and are great sources of inspiration, but it is not necessarily everyone's destiny to find themselves in this small niche. While it is a gift to be youthful, filled with vitality, energy and physical abilities, people with inherited or acquired limitations have every opportunity to "Keep Rising"; Indeed we can all be humbled by individuals who raise themselves with far less, beyond what we ourselves may have been able to achieve with even far more. Often it is not in-spite of limitations, but rather because of the limitations, that an individual by necessity and challenge re-frames their gifts, talents and "individuality" to rise above and beyond. Health maybe then is not the absence of disease, limitation, or incapacity, rather the ability to rise even in the midst of these.

Instead of devising an acute sense of our lack, we must all first begin by accepting who we are and where we are right now and must do the same with every person we meet. From this starting point, stepping beyond preconceptions of health we can begin to live "inspired" lives to the fullness of our abilities and with each smallest choice and action strive to continually "elevate our condition physically, mentally and soulfully" not toward a set ideal, rather toward something even greater, knowable only to our highest self. To borrow from Rumi ...."Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense...."

When we realize this, then even the patient dying with cancer is capable of optimal health. Our bodies, our intellectual selves and even the elements of our soul or spirit are the "tools" we can use to unlock our greatest health and purpose. If we have been given certain gifts we should very much celebrate them and leverage them to the best of our ability. However if we possess instead perceived limitations we can see these as opportunities to delve deeper into ourselves, transform where possible and evolve as individuals.

Consider this: A master musician can play a sweeter tune even on a hobbled instrument, where conversely even the most lofty instrument can not raise the tune of an unskilled musician... .When we care for our health we can be likened to the master musician who keeps their instrument cared for in every detail. Few come to praise the instrument. Countless other arrive to hear the music.


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