How do we heal?
Something that has become a focus of mine the last few weeks is the importance of doing nothing. It's an obvious concept that we're all familiar with; we rest, rejuvenate and heal by allowing ourselves the permission to stop. While this is easy to talk about, more difficult is the task of balancing the pull of survival, and all that entails, with the need to retreat, reserve and generate energy.
The importance of this was presented to me in a somewhat indirect way. I was listening to a talk including a favourite doc of mine discussing the efficacy of antidepressants; the effect inert placebos have in trials and the comparative naturalistic data of one particular major study.
This study, released in recent years showed that in treating mental imbalance, doing nothing (not even engaging a holistic model) resulted in remittance in almost 70% of cases within 12 weeks, and over 70% within 12 months (1). Now, this of course raises some very interesting points about the true cost of the current treatment model; a larger discussion for another time.
More positively, it also elucidates the fact that the body is always working to return to homeostasis, even when we are not actively working to assist this process. Our natural state truly is health. In a world prevalent with chronic disease, it is common to see the incidence of illness presented in such a tone, to imply that this too is part of our natural state. Suggesting it is a game of luck, or that we are born with synthetic chemical deficiencies..
It is far more likely that we are experiencing a reaction to a way of life that our evolution up till now, had no way of preparing us for. Health, and all this encompasses, is nature. Logic suggests that working with the incredibly complex and beautiful organism that is the human body, not attempting to outsmart it, may be a worthwhile change of direction.
The body is the vessel that, for now, houses the spark that is you. Whether you live to be 100+, or far less, the lens through which you perceive, contribute, and hopefully enhance this world requires health to remain clear. If we live to give, and experience, joy and love; alignment of our body and mind (in clarity) is fundamental to this. The river, characteristically as life, is already flowing in the right direction; even a little positive intention and volition can be the catalyst for great acceleration into abundant health and happiness.