One of our most important relationships is the one with ourselves because it is the basis of intentional living.
Second to your relationship with God, your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship because as they say, wherever you go, there you are. Wellness begins with “being” well first, and then is about “doing” things to be well. If you do not address who you are being, then just doing things will not make you well. A simple way to remember this is that we refer to ourselves as human beings, not human doings.
Dr. Sue Morter, a wellness expert, and one of the developers of Morter Health Systems, teaches about self esteem and healthy thinking in an extremely effective and practical manner. She explains how the body is the caboose of our self. It is who we are, how we are thinking, and the story we have about our life that impacts our physical health and well-being. Her inspirational high-energy seminars begin by asking the simple question “Are you living well?” “Yes, I AM” the audience proclaims in an effort to understand that living well begins with making the self-declaration that I choose to be well. Her powerful message is communicated beautifully through simple stories that explain insightful metaphors for attaining things that are important for us to have in our lives.
For example, if you were going to a party that you knew would not have the food or drink you wanted what would you do she asks? Just “bring it” the audience responds. That too, is what you do to begin the process of “being” well, you bring it forward in your awareness.
If the idea of our thinking affecting our health seems far fetched, there is a really simple way to illustrate how this is true. If you opened your hand and then closed it into a fist you would be illustrating exactly the same concept of how your mind or your thinking causes your body to move and to function. Perhaps you may think that is too simple, so imagine if someone showed up on your door step and told you that you had just won the Discover Wellness, How Staying Healthy Can Make You Rich sweepstakes grand prize of $100 million dollars, do you think then your breathing would change? Might your heart rate change at least a little bit? How about your blood pressure? That’s because your awareness or consciousness affects your physical body and it works both for you and against you.
Most people don’t realize this cause and effect relationship and therefore reverse it, by determining what they should think, based on how they feel. I AM so sick and tired of all this, people exclaim. I AM in pain, I AM angry and so on. It is completely up to us to determine what we choose to be and choose to feel and those choices are at the cause of how our body responds.
“Based on this understanding of how health and wellness come from within, who else can we expect to manifest it for us in our lives?” she asks. It is our personal responsibility to become self aware or as Dr. Sue once again so simply puts it, “We must be present to win. We must live in the present in a state of gratitude and appreciation for our lives and circumstances in it. Our relationship with our self is our responsibility and the basis of intentional living.”
By having positive relationships with God and yourself, you can manifest innate wellness. And then obviously, ACT upon it!