Today the Howard County bloggers, rather a subset of them, are gathering at Union Jack’s for the monthly HocoBlogs event. This month, the co-hosts are Howard County’s General Hospital and Library, in acknowledgement of the launch of their new site, Well and Wise.
The event-brite invitation asked if I was well-n-wise. I answered yes. Here’s why-
I don’t get sick much any more. I can’t even remember when I last had a cold or the flu. It’s been years. Two years ago, when the nasty epidemic flu was closing schools across the county, I found myself cloistered in my sister’s home with 6 other family members when my 7 year old niece came down with this highly resilient strain of flu on Christmas Eve. The next morning, two other family members arrived for breakfast, exposing themselves for a couple hours to the virus. All 8 of my family members came down with the same flu. Throwing up, diarrhea, congestion, aches– the works.
Everyone played host to these bugs, except me. Feedback which indicates to me, something different is happening. It’s not an indicator that I won’t ever get sick again. So what is different?
I’ve never set a goal to change my health, to get healthier. Health is byproduct of my lifestyle. I started because the “good life” I was living 20 years ago resulted in depression rather than happiness. To cope with my situation, I began saying yes to several of things I wasn’t supposed to do, activities I thought I would never do. Lo and behold my life started to be fulfilling in ways that just didn’t make sense. Then I really had a problem. How could I reconcile these two experiences? I started looking for my own answers about how live. I found them.
Interestingly, I have not focused on, although I have included at times in bits and pieces, traditional approaches to healthiness: eating right and lots of exercise. What I am focused on is developing ways of thinking that are appropriate for the conditions I/We live in. That’s the secret. A mindset. A field of intelligence that continues to change, grow, develop, emerge and evolve as time changes me, you and our world. I cultivate intelligence which results in a releasing of and building capacity. One of which is health.
My direct experience tells me this about cultivating a new mind:
- It’s natural. It’s hard work. It matters.
- Appropriate action often flies in the face of conventional standards about how to live. It’s an intelligence that develops through interaction with each other and our environment because as humans we have the codes to change and meet complexity “mind first.”
- Margaret Wheatley says it brilliantly: “If we want something to be healthier, connect it to more of itself.” Humans have the intelligence to connect to ourselves, each other and our environment. This intelligence arises from vMeme codes found 5 Deep within us.
My steps to wisdom regarding my own health is about a deep dive, tapping into the intelligence sources and the source of life-force found in the core of our being. As I connect to myself at the core, I notice I am also connecting to a greater spectrum of life around me. It’s that simple. Not necessarily easy or comfortable, but simple and elegant in the approach.
We have all the world’s wisdom and sophisticated technologies in our life conditions to work from.
And, the foundational piece of wisdom I have to offer: the pathway into my core is “paved” using the most basic and ecstatic of human experience.