Getting Busy with Wellness - the Most Righteous of Distractions
Jan 14, 2019 | By: toni gordon
While many of us in the city are so engaged in the wellness community - running groups, yoga out the wazoo, researching the next best diet, mountains of gym memberships, gallons of protein, super antioxidant juices - but in our need to be well, we have lost perspective on what is really going on. Are we as a people losing perspective of who we really are? If we even had that perspective, to begin with.
Could our wellness filled lifestyles be destroying us?
I would argue that in some cases, these pastimes are taking us away from ourselves. We have an overwhelmed-disconnected-dissatisfied-something-is-missing kind of feeling. Now we have a need to fill up that discomfort with all sorts of goodness. While we may not always be physically busy, one can take just a few seconds of self-observation to see that we are mentally and emotionally busy, frenetic in fact. Not just frenetic, exhausted.
Has the wellness community become another distraction? I am not saying that our wellness services are bad. I love my naturopath, my chiropractor, my osteopath and my essential oils. But are we doing what we as human beings continue to do which is instead of looking at why we are hurting, we look at the next thing that can help us avoid or distract? In my years as a therapist, I have come to witness how yoga, juices and even meditation can be used to distract just as much as excess vodka, heroin, sex, porn, social media and many other juicy past times. For instance, can the vegan diet (which I wholeheartedly respect and desire) keep us just as pre-occupied and distracted from our essential being as any drug of choice?
I suggest maybe just the silence - the healing power of the inner journey - reset, realign and give the body that lives in the city what it so desperately needs. Just quiet. Full, attentive, alert, quiet.