Friday, January 27, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness

If we were to look at our body as being the tip of the iceberg, we’d understand that what we see is just a very small part of what determines whether we’re in good health.  There’s much below the surface that plays such an integral part in the wholeness of our entire structure; and unless we become ill, we might not even be aware of its existence. 

The metaphor of the iceberg allows us to understand what it takes to enjoy a healthy life and to see that what affects the body is more than what meets the eye.  It illustrates that good health is more than addressing just the needs of the physical body, but concerns the needs of the soul and the mind as well.  It reveals why healing is a way of living and being.

There is an old philosophical truth about healing:  It’s not just a science, it’s a way of living.  It should happen every moment, not just when we become fearful that some ache or symptom might be an indicator of something more serious.  If we’re experiencing illness, healing requires that we look inside ourselves for the hidden motives behind the illness.

Using the metaphor of the iceberg, the layer directly below the surface is behavior, which represents how we act, what we do, what we eat, how we interact with people, how we manage the stressors in our life, how we take care of ourselves, and how we safeguard ourselves against illness.

Practicing acts of kindness towards ourselves is paramount in keeping our bodies functioning well.  Most of us take better care of our cars than we do ourselves.  Taking time each day for some quiet introspection is important for us to get in touch with what is happening with our inner health.  And by design that touches every other area of our total being.  I’m trying to practice random acts of kindness to myself each day.  I hope that it makes a difference in other’s lives as well.