How to increase your odds good health
Vandana Shiva and Sally Mathrick UPLIFT 2013
Meet Vandana Shiva. She is a physicist, scholar and international activist.
Her work is tenacious, clearly intelligent and warm-hearted. She is impressive, motivating and a little bit scary. I met Vandana at UPLIFT festival, where she said “the universe is pure potentiality“. I took that as meaning, it’s not written yet; The future is unfolding here and now. Full of potential to be anything the imagination cares to put forward. Vandana emphasized that our capacity to manifest, or co-create, what we desire is based on our capacity to create the conditions for their unfolding. And then we have to let creation do its thing.
Once those conditions are suited to the creation we desire, the possibility of it manifesting is much greater.
5 hacks to create conditions for good health
1. Structure your daily life.
The body-mind loves rhythm and organic order. This means regularity of sleeping and waking, relaxing and exercising, playing and working, eating and pooing, being social and being solitary, screen time and no screen time, and so on.
Creating a harmonious scaffold for your life, as it rolls on a day-to-day basis, provides the rhythm needed for the processes of good health to unfold. In our contemporary lives, this needs to be front of mind, as our world is full of destractions that pull us here and there.
2. Provide quality nourishment for your body and mind.
As much as you can, consume the best quality, vital nutrition, hydration, fresh air, nature and sunlight that is available to you. Connect with people and projects that make you feel good, valued and involved. Seek out those things that you feel deeply nourished by, regularly.
3. Continue to learn and evolve.
Surround yourself with things that engage and inspire you. Experiences that encourage creativity, play and that tickle your curiosity. Chat with people who interest you. Choose to look outside your habitual subject area to expand and reignite your awe. Be willing to learn and try new things. Be flexible. Practice being responsive, not reactive. Keep an open mind, so that new concepts and ideas can be entertained and learned.
4. Allocate time and space for sweet nothing.
Schedule in time to “Do no-thing”. Make that scheduled time an appointment as important as any other.
Find your inner balance. Integrate and self reflect. Have a rest. Tune into what’s going on around you. Practice mindfulness. Take a millisecond right now to stop doing and just be…notice any sounds, feelings, scents, sights around you. Can you soften your body a little? Can you simply be here now?
5. Start with a single step.
It’s up to you to take the step. What ever you do to bring more love, joy and well being into your life can have a ripple effect throughout all life, and at the least it will certainly impact you and your experience of life.
Even micro movements can add up to profound changes.
The point is that YOU are part of all of it; and YOU are able to create conditions in your sphere of this great universe that we are.
What do you want introduce to your life to create better conditions for your good health?
What ever it is, go ahead. Create those conditions now.
Good Health in our Universe
To expand into a more galactic headspace, give yourself 4 minutes to watch The Hubble telescopes insights into our neighbouring Andromeda galaxy. This video triggered an epiphany for me!!
From Galactic to the Every day…
How is it that we even exist? What is it for? What might be good to do with it?
I’m full of questions, yet sense that being a human right now is of great significance – both as individuals and as collectives. Inspired by esteemed thinkers such as physicist Brian Swimme, Deep Ecologists John Seed and Joanna Macy. Learning about nature of slime mould is inspiring!. When we take a broad, wholistic view point, formerly ridiculed ‘out-there New Age concepts’, and ancient Hermetic principals are increasingly aligned to the discovery of physical sciences.
Vandana’s concept of Creating The Conditions for the next part of creation to slide into, aligns with the bottom tier of the “Therapeutic Hierarchy of Healing”, articulated by Naturopaths Zeff, Snider, & Myers.
Creating good health requires the right conditions for it to unfold.
This basic level of health requires an internal environment that sets the scene for optimal health to unfold.
The human body needs:
- good sleep
- clean water
- healthy nutrition
- connection with nature & other humans
- fresh air
- exercise & activity
- stress management
- fulfilling engagement
- freedom from addiction and so on.
Create daily habits that prioritise these general lifestyle medicines.
Sure, this isn’t rocket science. But it is profound in its simplicity. Many of us don’t actually create the conditions that allow for health to flourish. And that’s despite many of us being fortunate to have the power to chose them. We can make choices to feel full of energy, clearly intelligent, and capable to contribute in our unique and valuable way.
Personal characteristics that are really needed right now!
In this universe of pure potentiality, what does optimal human health potential look like for you?