The alchemy of illness

“Consider how common illness is, how tremendous the spiritual change that it brings, how astonishing, when the lights of health go down, the undiscovered countries that are then disclosed, what wastes and deserts of the soul a slight attack of influenza brings to view, what precipices and lawns sprinkled with bright flowers a little rise of temperature reveals, what ancient and obdurate oaks are uprooted in us by the act of sickness, how we go down in the pit of death and feel the waters of annihilation close above our heads and wake thinking to find ourselves in the presence of the angels and the harpers when we have a tooth out and come to the surface in the dentist’s arm-chair and confuse his “Rinse the mouth-rinse the mouth” with the greeting of the Deity stooping from the floor of Heaven to welcome us – when we think of this, as we are so frequently forced to think of it, it becomes strange indeed that illness has not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature”
Virginia Woolf, On Being Ill

Happy New Year 2012!

Happy New Year to you all – interesting that in the Chinese calendar it will shortly be the Year of the Dragon! There is a lot of fear expressed on the Web and elsewhere for 2012 and not much optimism around. I find to combat negativity it is good to spend some time emptying your mind. Healthwise I think Meditation, Yoga and Tai chi are excellent for just that but it can be five minutes sitting in the garden listening to the birds. The act of taking some time out for stillness, centering, quiet or relaxation is really important part of being healthy I feel.

Winter Solstice

As a Homeopath I have often witnessed and experienced people getting ill at the turns of the seasons. It is as if we find these changes of season difficult. As our response to change is one measure of health, I came across this poetic idea, which I thought might make a useful mantra at this time of year:

Take into your heart the sweet balm of nature performing its perennial dance of time!

Health – diet – exercise!

I have come to understand that to be fully healthy in all respects at some point you have to address your diet and exercise. In this respect I have started a Naturopathic nutrition course and quote the following from Hippocrates:

For me, the best exercise in the world is my lifelong love of Tai Chi Chuan.  Tai Chi is vitalistic in nature much like Homeopathy treatment. It always astounds me that people don’t understand the vitalistic nature of true medicine as everyone can feel when their vitality drops or does not feel normal when they are ill.

So, for me there is the triumvirate of health: Homeopathy, Nutrition and Tai Chi.