In our fast-paced world, we often look for quick-fix solutions to our health challenges, not realizing that these “solutions” in fact may contribute to our problems. Most health challenges are the result of an imbalance in our bodies and lives, and most quick-fix solutions actually exacerbate these imbalances. If, instead, we take a Slow Medicine approach – identifying the root cause of our health challenges, then creating a thoughtful, step-by-step, and long-term response to it – we effectively bring ourselves back into balance.
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Each month, on the day of the New Moon, Michael shares some personal thoughts on the subject of our individual and collective health. In addition to this message, the monthly MoonLetter, which you can subscribe to here, shares insights from the Slow Medicine Associates, as well as updates on the programs and events at SunRaven and on the road.
January 27th, 2016 Without Quality, the Numbers Don't Matter.
Now a month into the New Year let's take a moment to reflect. How are you doing? How are you really doing? In particular, if you made resolutions four weeks ago, how is that going? Chances are, in our typical tendency to be harsh on ourselves, you might feel that you are already a little behind. But, is that really so?
Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness
Everything is inter-dependent—muscles and nerves, bodies and minds, people and planet – and each connecting thread has a domino effect on the other. To achieve and sustain optimal health, we therefore need perspective that goes beyond the obvious symptoms. We need to become aware of each area of our lives and explore how to optimize our wellness, not only within each of these areas but also through their harmonious integration. The best “quick fix” for our health, you see, is not a quick fix after all; rather, it is Slow Medicine – a methodical, step-by-step process of asking questions that lead to awareness that turns into action that results in optimal health. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt. Ready to begin?
The Slow Medicine Foundation, housed at SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to promote and support health and wellness and to facilitate community-centered experiential and reflective learning for individuals, families, and groups.