but change is worthwhile
Yet, change is what gets us to our goals. It is hard work, mentally, but more so emotionally and spiritually. Change requires re-evaluation of some core value or beliefs - releasing old ones and acquiring new ones that serve us in meeting our goals.
Emotional and Spiritual development is what are necessary to make a permanent change in life, and change ultimately needs to be supported by your environment (your lifestyle and people in your life).
For example, it rarely works to tell a person wanting to lose weight to diet more and exercise.
Diet and exercise make sense mentally, but most people who struggle do not eat because they are hungry. They may eat for a variety of reasons - to feed an emptiness in their emotions and spirit, to feel comforted and nurtured, to feel safe, to feel something other then what they are feeling in the moment .
When a person goes on a diet - exercise program, they are only working on their mind and body. Without emotional development and spiritual strength, a person will go on a diet for six months, lose weight and then put it all on six months later because the old beliefs still persist at a deeper emotional and spirit level.
The same is true for smoking, a physical addiction caused by unresolved emotional and spiritual challenges. Without emotional and spiritual support the smoker will always smoke. Understanding health risks is merely mental understanding, which is of limited use which is why smokers continue despite graphic warnings on cigarette packages. The same is true for alcoholics, sex addicts or a chronic shopper. Most addictions are attempts to find happiness on the outside by seeking something on the outside. The satisfaction is temporary, which keeps us seeking more and more, keeping the addict trapped in an endless cycle of pain - escape from pain - reward - pain - escape from pain - reward etc.
Naturopathic Health Program aims to educate the whole person mentally, physically but also emotionally and spiritually - to enable lasting changes from within for a lifetime of health.
Educating the whole person, not just mentally (at the intellectual level) is an essential part of a Naturopathic Health Program since it is designed to support emotional and spiritual growth which are key ingredients to create a lifetime of health! Health, is the first and most fundamental freedom.
Next week, we will look at what "terrain" means in health and treatment from a Naturopathic perspective.