Being somewhat of a current trend, you’ve probably heard the term Holistic Health, along with a vague explanation of what it means.
But what does it actually mean? Why is it such a big deal? Is this just some sort of trendy, hippie yogi thing?
A Simple Definition:
The simple description is that individuals are “greater than and different from the sum of their parts.” Meaning you can’t heal someone or lead a healthy life by only focusing on one part of them (i.e. individual parts of the body, the mind, emotions, or spirituality).
But Holistic Health is more of a philosophy, or a way of living, than it is a definition. So here’s a more comprehensive understanding of this way of life, broken down into three categories.
3 Categories of Holistic Health:
1. It Considers the Whole Person
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” ~ Buddha
Health is more than the absence of disease. Health is about jobs and employment, education, the environment, and all of those things that go into making us healthy.
2. It is Focused on Natural Healing
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~Buddha
The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease.
3. It is Patient-Empowering
“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha
I have a holistic need to work and to have huge ties of love in my life. I can’t imagine eschewing one for the other.
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Here are some easy first steps to a holistically healthy lifestyle!
Benefits of making this one small change one day a week will:
- improve our community’s health,
- decrease our environmental impact,
- and spare animals from factory farms.
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