I have a theory that I have been faithful to for a few years since I began a journey of healing. My theory is that the base of all health is my triangle of internal balance. I understand that physical health is extremely important and for many people it is at the forefront of their lives. I also know that everything is relative whether we know it or not. In the beginning of my journey, I recall thinking - if I am not okay emotionally, spiritually and, mentally then the rest is off balance as well.
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
My take on this: How we react to situations are based on how healthy we are within this triangle of balance.
You may experience a hardship in life, financially, relationship-based, or even physical health. BUT, if you are balanced internally, then, whatever you may have to face will not be bitter but only as a small setback that is seen as a lesson thus solvable and not the end of the world.
Why the order? Why is the word mental at the top of the triangle and not spiritual or emotional?
Mental health is crucial! Mental health IS health!
So many people suffer from a form of mental illness or several and won’t be able to attain many goals or reach the maximum capacity to which they can accomplish. How can someone pray on their knees without the ability to decipher their pain or understand its origin or gravity of impact? How can someone be mentally healthy with an imbalance of emotions? I have questioned myself repeatedly about my emotions specifically when I had been depressed and again, whenever I have felt disconnected with God, it is all because I wasn’t mentally fortified.
Emotional and Spiritual health is also kept in the triangle of internal health. Yes, physical health can be internal as well, but the triangle of mental health that I speak of is something that on a scale we have control over and/or ignore because society has created a stigma leading to many people ignoring its importance. I am no doctor, I am not certified to wholeheartedly define health in all its components, but this is how I see it and I speak for myself or based on my OWN perspective. I think that my own experiences, nonetheless, do qualify me to speak on this and I believe that everyone deep down has something to address internally.
Being spiritually healthy is synonymous with having hope and believing in anything that brings out the good in you. Spirituality is the God within us, our good hearts and nature will remind us of good or bad karma. Truthfully having a strong foundation of faith and hope in the universe will remind us that the energy we put out into the world will and can be returned. We cannot blame others for our own faults or our history. Every decision that we make without consulting our spiritual bases will have its consequences. Spiritual health is being in touch with your morals and values, it is staying in tune with your own mind, body, and soul. This alone brings us peace because we take responsibility and hold ourselves accountable. Believe me when I say, there is nothing like looking in the mirror and being an adult about the crap we have done.
Emotional health is being able to feel and express those emotions in a harmless way. We cannot keep our emotions bottled up in a secret lockbox inside our minds and hearts. It’s like wishing someone to be harmed but we end up drinking the poison ourselves. When we are not in touch with our emotions and do not find harmless ways to express them, we harm ourselves and those who we love.
This triangle may have been discussed in books, seminars, and the like. If so, I may be calling it something else or repeating something already discussed and coined. However, it is a strong theory of mine I am pretty sure someone else has also brought forward.
I think it is important that maintaining a balance of mental, spiritual, and emotional health is ongoing. We never just get there as if we can take a magical pill or get surgery and let time itself handle the healing aspect.
Mental health is constant work and high maintenance, but it's compensation will reward your life in the most amazing way.
Believe in yourself and all that you are or can be and WILL be. Help yourself first and then help others.
Treat yourself in the way you would like to be regarded by others because that is exactly what you are going to get. The universe will also compensate you for your greatest efforts and lack thereof.
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