Sunday, July 11, 2010

Health and well-being are harmony, not combat.

Recently I saw a headline on a health related website that read, “Use Yoga to Combat Stress.”

Yoga…? Combat…!? Hmmm…

I have been practicing yoga regularly for over 25 years and it has never felt like combat to me. And all of the yoga teachers I have ever known have been pretty different from the hand-to-hand combat instructors I knew when I was in the Marines.

Does yoga help relieve stress? Yes! Is stress relief the reason I practice yoga? Nope! I practice yoga because of what it does for me and not to fight anything within me. Yoga turns on life; it deepens my state of internal harmony.

“Fighting” is an all-too-prevalent theme in our healthcare world. How often have you heard or read phrases like:
Cancer fighting…
Stress busting…
Germ killing…
Fat burning…
Stopping (whatever) in its tracks…

Fight! Fight! Fight! Everyone loves a good fight. Deciding to fight something can give us the illusion of action, strength and power but, in reality, fighting DISempowers us because it anchors us into a low rate of vibration. When we’re fighting we don’t grow…

A more empowering perspective is to always remember that we are all beautiful, perfect, inherently healthy beings, buzzing with vibrant life. Intervention (a better perspective than “fighting”) can be useful sometimes, but it serves us best when applied within the context of harmony, healing, growth, expansion and turning on life.

More thoughts on harmony vs. combat – beyond health – next week…

Until next time,
Dr. Mark William Cochran
Chiropractor, lightworker, energy healer, writer, speaker
Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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