It is physically impossible for a cell to defend itself AND grow at the same time*. And, since we are all just a bunch of cells, we as a human person cannot do both at the same time. *More proof that multi-tasking is a myth.
Ask yourself, are you in a growth stage? Or a defensive stage?
Are you simply struggling to make it through the day?? Defending yourself against fatigue, stress, emotional overload, and ALL the ‘temptations’ in the world? Eventually giving into sugar, caffeine and “zoning out” in front of the TV or social media as a way to cope with the utter exhaustion?
If that sound truer than you’d like to admit, you may want to start doing some inventory.
I just finished the most mind blowing, interesting, and profound book. It has completely changed the way I view chronic disease, and what some people call “lifestyle diseases” such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and even CANCER.
The book: “When the Body Says No” by Gabor Mate, M.D.
The gist is this: IF genetics, microbes, and/or chemical “toxins” held the majority of the blame for all of our disease and ill health, we would ALL be sick and dying. But that is not the case. Not EVERYONE who smokes gets cancer. Not EVERYONE with the breast cancer gene gets breast cancer. Not EVERYONE who is exposed to the flu virus gets the flu.
“Health is not just a matter of thinking happy thoughts. Sometimes the biggest impetus to healing can come from jump-starting the immune system with a burst of long-suppressed anger.”
Wait, what? Anger? What does that have to do with the flu?
Turns out emotions, trauma, and how we manage and experience even tiny stressors are BIGGER immune suppressors than most people even begin to realize. Yes, we have all heard how stress is bad for us. But understanding WHAT stress actually is and how our body handles it is KEY. (We always hear the “bear chasing us in the woods” analogy for stress… but it’s actually more like having a spouse who we aren’t truly connected to... or a mother who didn’t provide the love and attention you desired as a child, and you keep telling yourself "it's no big deal" into adulthood.)
Stay tuned for most posts on this topic, including the “Seven A’s for Healing”.