News Flash: You Can't Run Away from Yourself.
“A momentous but until then overlooked fact was making itself apparent: I had inadvertently brought myself with me to the island.” - Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel
This quote is the essence of why I’ve been drawn to take a new path with what I provide to the world. Reality fact: we can’t ever get away from our own inner bullshit. We have to work on it. Not run away.
I’ve been working on this in my life particularly as of late and have realized in my clinical practice as a naturopathic doctor that I’m not alone in needing to recognize and work on this. While I believe that proper testing, diagnosis and treatment of health issues is important, I also believe that the mind body connection is more powerful than what we give it credit for.
In order to truly achieve happiness and optimal health it’s imperative we work on our inner thoughts and beliefs about ourselves and the world around us.
We don’t give enough credit to the power of thought over our bodies, our relationships, our health, our career choices, where we live and how happy we are in our day to day. You can’t run away from your problems. The answer to your problems is not neatly packaged up in a medication or a supplement or that new meal plan. Sorry to disappoint…
Did you know it’s estimated that 90% of patient visits to the doctor are due to stress related illness? Shocking, isn’t it. What would that statistic look like if we actually addressed our stress levels and outlook on life rather than striving for temporary fixes?
We don’t like to be in pain. It’s a lot easier to take that numbing agent to feel better, faster so we don’t have to deal with the pain. We’re all in pain, in some capacity. To suffer is to be human. Life is suffering. It’s that universal commonality we all share. But what would your life be like if you actually addressed the pain? Felt it, breathed through it instead of pushing it away?
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” - Gospel of Thomas
Remember that the next time you choose to numb your body, emotions and mind instead of feeling and acknowledging the pain. Because you can’t run away from it. It will always be there unless you take the bold, brave step towards working on it.