We are all striving to be healthy – in our minds and bodies. Not being sick, feeling well. In the words of one of my favorite meditations, we want to be happy, healthy, to feel safe and to feel at ease.
Sometimes my clients get stuck – either with an unhealthy coping pattern, like drinking to fall asleep, watching Netflix rather than talking to their partner about how their marriage is struggling or by just medicating the symptoms, taking pills for high blood pressure, rather than getting to the underlying issues and changing how they live.
In the West, healthy is defined as “absence of disease.”
In Ayurveda, healthy is defined as “seated in the self.” The word is swastha.
This feels so much more resonant to me. My health is not just defined as not being sick. I am not healthy if I am not feeling a true sense of connection with all parts of myself.