This section is all about defining your health. But more than that, it’s about tapping into those secret dreams of who you could be if your body, mind, and spirit were all aligned and thriving.
What could you do if you woke up in the morning and felt well-rested? What would you be capable of if your chronic disease was managed in a way that works for you? What would life be like if you felt hope and joy at the dawn of every day? What could you accomplish if you lived a life free of pain?
You know the answers to these questions. Grab a cup of tea, light a candle, settle in with your most honest, intuitive self. Would you have the energy to start a family? Would you exude the confidence to grow a business? Would you feel so at peace that you could smile at nothing in particular? Who is your highest, most authentic self? Get to know him or her. Chat with her. Ask her what she likes to do, what her values are, how she feels as she moves through life.
If your intuitive, healthy self pipes up with all sorts of thoughts on who she is, congratulations! Record your healthiest self so that you can refer to her later – jot down a list of her qualities, write a passage, paint her, film yourself describing what your healthiest self looks like. This is going to be a lovely journey, and I can’t wait to get started with you.
But maybe you are so overwhelmed, exhausted, and confused that even the idea of health is shrouded in fog. That’s ok too. That means your first step is going to be putting one foot in front of another, learning to take care of your most basic needs in a way that works for you. I welcome you with open arms, and gigantic hugs. I encourage you to keep dreaming, and stay open to recognizing your healthiest self as she gets more vivid. If you can, take a moment and write down one quality you think your healthiest self displays. Just one – no need to do it all today. Maybe your healthiest self will be ambitious, or joy-filled, or restful. Just jot one thing down as a starting point.
Things will get better, you will heal, and you will know health. We’ll do this together. Today, I just want you do one kind thing for yourself. One thing that nurtures a piece of you that is hurting. That’s it. It can be tiny. Maybe it’s brushing your teeth, or going to bed early, or giving yourself a hand massage. Hang in there. You’re doing beautifully.