Let’s start by asking, “Do you believe in God?”
We could be discussing God or higher power or nature or heaven or hell or the solar system or health. A few years ago, my family and I went to church on a Sunday. No, we don’t go every Sunday. Yes, we do actually believe in God. But that isn’t the point. On this fated Sunday, the pastor discussed the question about “Do you believe in God?”
Of course, we were in church, so the answer was, “Yes.”
“How do you know God exists?” he asked.
The room fell silent.
Being that both my husband and I are educated in the sciences, we could argue, “There is no proof.” Yet, at the same time, most of science is exploring the truth of what is, or at least what we can measure. Just because we can’t “measure” it, doesn’t mean there isn’t something happening that we just don’t fully understand yet.
“Do you believe in the internet?” he asked.
The pastor argued the point that just because we can’t see it or touch it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. For sure, we all use it; likely every day.
I am not a computer guru (nor an expert on God for that matter) by any stretch of the imagination, yet he was correct. I use it daily on my cell phone, my computer, even right now. Yet, I have no idea how it works. I would guess that a majority of the population would agree.
If I can’t personally see it or measure it or touch it, then how can I be sure that it actually exists? I can break it down to numbers and codes and programs….but those are only pieces of the internet. Somehow, magically, it works. It’s not a blind faith because we see the end result. Funny that even internet storage is called “the cloud.” Like it’s this thing up in the sky closer to heaven….I digress.
Think about nature. That spring flower is a plant. It requires sunshine, water and nutrients in the soil. It uses this thing called photosynthesis. Is that enough to know about how the flower came to be? No. Yet it is there, right in front of us and it’s beautiful.
I would like to rephrase the question to, “Do you believe in health?”
In fact, the more I research the specifics of health the more I realize that I will never understand all the facets of specifics…the physiology…the nutrients….the connections….the sun….these are all just parts of something bigger. Each component of health is simply something we can measure but is NOT the whole picture.
I am not trying to make you believe in God. Believe in Him if you want. Don’t believe in Him if you want. Believe in something else. The point is, that just because we don’t understand every single facet of what produces health to me is actually, ok. It may even be unnecessary to understand everything.
What makes or breaks your ability to achieve health is whether or not you believe your body has the capacity to be healthy. You can’t see it. You can’t touch it.
Believe this…health is to be celebrated. Honored. Valued. Respected. Absolutely, we should not waste this precious commodity. Without it, you have sickness, if not now, maybe tomorrow.
I observe many who believe in sickness. They hang tightly to it. They almost value their suffering. They can feel it. They can see it. They can measure it with a blood test or even a symptom. Even in the surgery center, if the surgeon asks patient's to rate their pain, there is a noted increase in complaints of pain. A value the patient feels they can measure. Yet if you ask the patient about comfort, there is a decrease in pain complaints.
Health is defined as being free from illness or injury.
Yes, that is achievable. Believing in God is a choice. Health is a choice. And just because you choose to believe in something doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with doubt once in a while. Faith in something has to be practiced, nurtured, and even explored. It may be simple, but not always easy.
If you are sick, start with reminding yourself that health is possible even if you don’t know how. Restore faith in your body’s desire to be healthy. Most illnesses are the body’s attempt to keep you surviving.
Some of the healthiest people I know have recovered from their illness because they restored faith in their body’s ability to heal. They never fought against the illness. They supported the body using simple principles like eat well, move well, sleep well and soar on. Yet, the most important step was the faith in their own body to heal even though they couldn’t touch it or understand it.
Start with the simple things like eating real whole nutrient rich food every day. Start with getting regular sleep in a dark room. Start with moving your body in the sunshine. Start with meditation or prayer or connecting to a close friend.
Does health really exist?
How does health work?
I don’t know. Nobody knows. It’s a leap of faith.
Have faith in something you cannot see; your health.
If you have health, celebrate it. Nurture it. Practice making healthy choices, daily.
I am blessed beyond measure with my health. Every day I choose to believe in my body and care for it so that I can continue to teach others to care for their health.
Remove. Replace. Restore.
Remove lack of faith and attachment to your sickness.
Replace with believing that your body can achieve and maintain health. Try to visualize it. Start making positive life choices that support health.
Restore something you cannot see; your health.
Eat well. Move well. Sleep well. Soar on.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
Where physical therapy, nutrition and lifestyle meet, because how you live your life determines whether or not you soar. Inspiring action with information so you can reduce pain, optimize healing and improve function naturally during recovery from injury, surgery or painful condition. This is a website for the open-minded; obstinate need not apply.