Have you ever thought that birds can teach us something about maintaining good health?
While TV commercials busily promote the latest medicines for coughs and colds in wintery Melbourne, I’ve watched backyard birds joyously zip and zoom around my garden, and seabirds soaring undeterred by gale force winds and overcast skies. No wintery doom and gloom, or tissues for them! They’ve expressed complete dominion over their environment.
If shoreline birds, and those in my garden, can be untroubled by cold weather, why can’t human beings approach the seasons with the expectation of maintaining good health? The short answer is that they can. So why doesn’t this happen?
Instead of expecting good health, often there’s an expectation that because it’s a certain season, there will be seasonal illness. Fear of becoming ill produces a fertile bed for the mental seeds of illness to grow and be experienced. There’s a connection between thought and experience. And there’s a saying that highlights this: WYEIWYG– what–you-expect-is–what-you-get. This points to a way of explaining the origins of sickness and also how to maintain good health.
Staying well is possible. It’s feasible for someone to,
1. remain confident of personal good health, rather than anticipating illness
2. keep out of thought the fear of seasonal sickness
3. be unimpressed by commercials that engender the notion of being unwell
4. exercise dominion over their mental environment.
Does this sound like positive thinking? Well, it could be labelled that way. Yet positive thinking is better for your health, than negative thinking. And positive thinking, when connected to spiritual thinking, leads to improved health outcomes.
There is spiritual reasoning behind expecting good health. Many people believe that there is a divine Creator that has made everything good. This goodness extends to the provision of robust health, as well as dominion over our thinking.
Accepting this concept and striving to practice it on a daily basis, leads to a healthy mind and body. That’s why I’m inspired to take a bird’s eye view of health, and to anticipate experiencing wellness in all seasons.
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