Fall Back Into Self-Care

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By Dr. Phyllis Hubbard

Health is not only a physical phenomenon. Real heath has to happen somewhere inside you, in your subjectivity, in your consciousness, because consciousness knows no birth, no death, it is eternal. ॐ Osho ☥

About Falling …

When I look back on my life thus far, I can reflect upon the many situations that I have fallen into. As a child, I fell into illness because of a trauma I experienced that became the precursor for a 27-year bout with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). My quest to heal myself caused me to fall into yoga which helped me to shift my perceptions, reduce muscle tension and calm my mind. Yoga heightened the awareness of my body to the point that I recognized a spinal imbalance and before I knew it, I had fallen into Chiropractic Care. My determination to stop the persistent cough pushed me past my fears until I fell into Ayurvedic practice which liberated me from COPD and inspired me to become a healer.

My holistic health studies and love of nature eventually led me to the understanding of the healing potential that we can harness during the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Fall Equinox. 
I learned that holistic health began when the ancient wise sages noticed that all that exists in nature are affected by nature. The leaves fall from the trees, bears hibernate, snakes shed their skin, winter becomes spring, spring becomes summer and then the summer falls.
The sages grappled with the mystery that is the human being/experience because there seemed to be no outward changes that could be observed. Thousands of years before what we now call scientific research, the wise sages prayed, withdrew into silence, meditated, connected with the earth, meticulously observed the inner workings of our bodies as the seasons changed, and analyzed similarities and differences with plants and animals. Their deep connection to Spirit and with nature merged with their conscientious analysis to reveal truths that gave birth to what we now call Holistic Health.
The wise sages realized that we are deeply affected by transitions that occur in nature including the time of day, lunar cycles, and the seasons.
As a Holistic Health Practitioner, I’ve had friendly knock-down-drag-out fights with people who suffer terribly from allergies because they simply cannot understand why I insist on changing their breathing, movement, and nutritional strategies as we transition from winter to spring. Even after they move into spring with little or no allergy symptoms, it is a hard sell for me to convince them that making the shift from competing to collaborating with nature is what re-established the balance and healed their bodies.
Join me next Friday to learn how, why, and where we, as people of color, have fallen away from nature and how self-care can help you reconnect with nature.