Waking the Tiger

WakingtheTigerSo, today I am sitting here trying to write my first blog and my mind is flooded with so many ideas that I am finding it difficult to parcel out something cohesive. I want to write about the mind-body connection, nutrition and disease, parenting, recipes, the new awesome organic mascara that I tried, and the list goes on. So many of these topics are intertwined because that’s what health is.

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (World Health Organization).

So, I think I will start with my addiction to health. Sounds like a bad thing when I put it like that. Some of you may even say it is but I look forward to tackling personal issues that come up.  If something hurts, I am not going to stand by and accept it. I am going to do something about it; even if that means I have to look honestly at myself and what I may be doing wrong. If I am feeling sad, I am going to feel it, honor it, and do what it takes to fix it. That is just who I am and who I have become.

I recently asked my sister-in-law, who is a therapist, about this feeling. I explained that I felt like a junky looking for the next obstacle to overcome. I’m like “bring it on!” It happens that I was on the other side of some tough, very emotionally trying times and I now felt so good, light, and happy. I loved feeling that I survived and thrived. I knew I could hold my head up. I was proud of myself and happier than I had ever been in my life. Facing these hardships made coming out the other side that much sweeter.

She told me to read “Waking the Tiger” by Peter A. Levine. WOW!  That was it. Levine’s explains the phenomenon of facing trauma and how some people come out traumatized, scared, and scarred while others find strength in the same situation. He draws from nature, which I love, to demonstrate how humans and animals have an innate need to survive… fight or flight… and then move on as if nothing happened. It’s fascinating and worth reading.

I know so many people who are so afraid to face their truth because it’s painful, scary, and hard work.  All I wish for them is to feel what it’s like to come out the other side and let go of those negative emotions and feelings, but you don’t get there by avoiding.  You have to meet it head on.

Life is not always easy. It’s a journey that can be painful and lonely at times.  However, the effort can be so rewarding. All it takes is that first baby step.

then another…

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