Harnessing the power of the heart and mind to unlock infinite healing
When you discover the key to engaging your body’s natural healing capacity, you can tap into that infinite resource to overcome disease.
To achieve true biochemical, physiological, and psychospiritual wellness, your mind, heart, and body must be in harmony. That harmony, that openness to learning, experience, and change promotes robust health, longevity, and optimal quality of life. Opening yourself up on every level can open you up to healing and long-term health.
Unfortunately, your innate drive to survive upsets that harmony and shifts your body toward disease states. That’s the survival paradox: when your body’s fight or flight instincts conflict with your ability to heal and thrive.
By taking a holistic approach to mind-body healing, you can transform your survival response into a positive experience. You can create space for this transformation, and cultivate your own essential healing capacity through meditation, love, and compassion.
How Survival Mode Encourages Risk of Disease
When your body faces a survival challenge – real or perceived – it triggers chain reactions designed to keep you alive in the moment. Your fight-or-flight response releases a flood of hormones and chemicals to help you protect yourself or escape immediately.
But sometimes your body gets stuck in survival mode, and your alarm system stays activated. This can happen when you’re living with a chronic illness or you experience constant stress. When you experience ongoing stress, your biochemical alert system never shuts down, production of your body’s “ opens in a new windowsurvival protein,” galectin-3, goes out of control, leading to widespread harm to your health long-term.
Survival mode, powered by galectin-3, puts your body into a state of isolation and contraction. It halts cooperation among your body’s trillions of cells that would otherwise communicate seamlessly. When single cells focus on their own survival instead of interacting together in harmony, it can trigger damaging effects including:
- Changes in cellular energy production
- Chronic inflammation
- Fibrosis (the scarring or hardening of soft tissue)
- Cancer development
- Depressed or overactive immune function
This is the survival paradox in action.
How Meditation Leads to Deeper Healing
When you approach life with an open heart and loving compassion, you create room for healing energy to flow freely through your body.
Mind-body methods like opens in a new windowmeditation can only unleash our innate healing potential when we figure out how to truly engage our hearts. In this regard, a more accurate description for this type of healing is “heart-body medicine” rather than “mind-body medicine.” It is heartfulness rather than mindfulness. I call this “open heart medicine.”
opens in a new windowPracticing meditation creates space between thoughts. It helps you shift from reactive survival mode into a harmonious relaxed place where kindness, love, and compassion replace anger and resentment, allowing for change and transformation to take place. It gives you the opportunity to slow down… breathe… relax… and let go.
opens in a new windowMeditation and other mind-body practices can undoubtedly give you the quantum edge in healing. They can calm your anxiety, reduce inflammation, and reverse your biochemical disease processes. And they also work because they relax rigidity and melt fixations, which can keep you trapped in survival mode and encourage disease states.
I’ve learned and shared that meditation is an ever-evolving practice. It’s a lifelong exploration of yourself and how you connect to the world around you with love and compassion.
This transformative practice brings a sense of safety, calm, and community, from every angle. It restores harmony and healing, and it’s a central piece of your journey toward vibrant health and longevity.
Why A Holistic Approach to Healthier Living Matters
Taking a holistic approach to healing opens more doors to recovery and transformation. By combining synergistic integrative practices, you invite greater strength and vitality. You can enjoy a more profound and satisfying experience of life itself.
Meditation is a central, crucial piece of this approach. Practicing meditation as you engage with other healing modalities can elevate their effects.
To embark on your holistic journey, you’ll combine your meditation practice with other restorative methods:
- Gentle opens in a new windowdetoxification to rid your body of pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxic compounds
- Healing herbs and other natural compounds that support your immune system and vital organs
- Mindful diet choices, which may include intermittent fasting
- Acupuncture to nourish and maintain healthy flow of healing energy (Qi) throughout your body
You can unlock your infinite healing potential by creating your own unique holistic plan. And you’ll find guidance for mapping out your personal healing journey in my new book opens in a new windowThe Survival Paradox—a #1 Amazon Best Seller in multiple categories.
To be clear, opens in a new windowThe Survival Paradox is not a “how-to” book. It doesn’t suggest that you can master wellness in ten easy steps. What it can do is provide you with a deeper understanding of how we function and teach you a variety of holistic methods you can use to transform the survival response, and shift from struggle to harmony. The insights you’ll gain from opens in a new windowThe Survival Paradox will help you answer the key question of what it means to truly heal, and how you can cultivate your unlimited healing potential to the fullest.