This edition of Healers Magazine, Health vs. Healing: From Prevention to Intervention, was supposed to be released exactly one year ago—let’s start there. Those of you who have been with us for some time already know that 2019 brought us technical challenges of epic proportions. We cleared each hurdle, thanks largely to one of our first coders: he, a natural healer, heroically overcame lung cancer and at the same time rescued our website and content from the abyss. “All’s well that ends well” they say, but wouldn’t it be nice if his suffering and our comparatively banal struggles could have been avoided?
In “Daily Prevention Through My Self-Care Lifestyle,” Rev. Annelize Lundall argues that healthiness is a gift and that maintaining it with great care is the only logical course of action; because of the preeminent status of health, preventive practices are inherently and objectively better than interventional treatment. A great example of this kind of ideology in practice can be seen in “How Yogic Healing Can Help At-Risk Kids” by Anouk Prop, in which she explains in detail how yogic philosophy and praxis can be prescribed to children who could become unstable in the future. Meanwhile, in “The ‘Side Effects’ of Meditation,” Emily Miotto makes a case for the preventative perks of meditating, which is known to preserve both internal and external youthfulness.
The value of prevention cannot be overstated, as we explored in Issue One and Two by way of public health and harm reduction, but how do we define this notion of health for which we’re all striving? If you agree with the late Bret Harte, that “we’re all dying from the day we’re born,” you might see it as something that’s to be preserved—i.e., life—but being healthy and lively are somewhat distinct states of well-being. What seems to be missing most from normative conceptualizations of health is that they refer to the body/brain exclusively. Spiritual connection is something few children retain upon being socialized, according to Grawben Corona’s article, “The Many Benefits of Reiki Attunement,” so focusing on preservation would be limiting. Back to psychosomatic health, in “When Exercise Becomes Too Much of a Good Thing” Semhar Ghedela and Joanne Gordon posit a thin line between healthful and unhealthful obsession with physique, pointing out that prescriptive opinions on others’ choices is an example of the latter.
If we had backed up our site properly we could have circumnavigated a ton of discomfort and who knows just how much better off we’d be today? That’s the kind of thing one ponders when looking back, but where does regret get you? Self-recriminating thoughts, what-if hypotheses, like that are good for one thing only: catalyzing us to me more mindful henceforth. There’s nothing we can do to change the past. That’s where self-acceptance comes in, which Yogi Arijit helps us with in “How to Forgive and Accept Yourself.” After all, as Bless Roxwell claims in “The Paradox of Healing,” none of us are perfect. There’s always work to be done, though we often trick ourselves into thinking everything’s fine, repressing regret, so as to avoid the pain that comes with the growth that must transpire in order for us to thrive.
Once you and your superego stop playing the blame game, healing can begin; as we saw in Issue Five, our problems/symptoms are our solutions/clues. Georgia Walters, in “How My Anxiety Helped Me,” describes a panic attack she endured, which allowed her to upgrade her life. I’m reminded of my manic episode nine years ago, how I would never choose to go through it again, but at the same time I’m grateful for the wisdom and delayed well-being it bequeathed. Once she and I put judgment aside, we were able to acknowledge our miscalculations and self-correct—so you can have your cake and regret it too. Rather than perfection, is it not this ability to react and adjust for which we should strive, to straddle prevention and intervention instead of choosing a side? If yes, healing—the pursuit of wellness vs. health—is something that can be undertaken before, in addition to after, sickness finds us. In “Triorigin Healing for the Age of Light,” Meenakshi Suri explains that this is what Sujok, a recently developed modality, is all about: interpreting and responding to the body’s communications, simultaneously embracing and preventing pain, in this case through points of correspondence between the hands and feet.
The truth is that our site is better than ever, with its social networking features fully functional for the first time since we launched. It’s tempting to say that last year was a period of creative destruction. In those times that we come face to face with our mortality, finding “collateral beauty” is how we transcend both the challenge we face and the people we were before being challenged; therefore, the highest form of wellness is only available to those who have been put to the test. Isn’t it ironic?