We are hearing so much about illness and healing in our world right now and may be feeling a sense of powerless and helplessness due to this situation. But as the wonderful teacher and author, Louise Hay, once wrote ‘You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we are not. We always have the power of our minds…Claim and consciously use this power.’
I spoke with Rhian, CEO of One2onetherapy, about her healing journey, and her view of disease and our personal power in the road to recovery.
To me, healing means the process by which we allow ourselves to repair and recover from injury, disease, stress and trauma.
Being healthy means that you take care of the whole of you: listening to your needs and taking action. Eating, resting and sleeping well, taking regular exercise, being in nature, meditating, connecting with your loved ones and having fun – doing what brings you joy! This is what allows optimum health for mind, body and spirit.
I began my healing journey 10 years ago when I experienced trauma in my personal life. I was anxious and depressed – merely existing instead of living. I knew I was the only one who could get me out of the hole I was in and so I embarked on a journey of healing and self-improvement. Over the years, I have sought support from others to guide me on my path. Some, in person, others from reading books and listening to podcasts and audio.
At the start, counselling and CBT helped me and then I attended a mindfulness course and took up yoga. Mindfulness, meditation and yoga have been a strong presence in my life ever since.
I had a blip in my healing journey 4 years ago, when I became very unwell with a chronic autoimmune condition called Graves disease. It was the first time in my life that my physical health had been affected. I had always been so strong physically: this was a real shock!
After 18 months of trying conventional western medicine to treat my condition, I decided to take control of my own health. I realised that the cause of my condition was stress. I was working too much and had very little down time and certainly no ‘me time’. So, I reduced my working hours, changed my diet and made me and my health the no. 1 priority. This completely changed my life and I am now symptom free, healthy and happy.
What that period of my life has taught me is that I have to put myself first. When I take care of myself in a loving, kind way – I am happier and healthier. This creates a ripple effect to everyone around me.
I believe that healing never stops. Our physical body is constantly repairing and renewing itself – replacing old and damaged cells with new ones. We do not have to do anything for this to happen; however we can give our bodies the best environment for this to occur more easily. The same applies to our mind and spirit: healing is a continuous process but only if we allow it to happen. Most of us are resistant to healing because of the pain and discomfort it can cause (mind, body and spirit). But when we allow healing to take place, we realise that the pain and discomfort is temporary and you end up feeling much lighter, calmer and happier for letting go.
Anita Moorjani encompasses Rhian’s message perfectly: ‘The healing journey is not about doing: it’s about undoing. It’s not about trying to erase the fears or whatever: it’s about loving yourself more.’
Thank you Rhian
Love Suzanne x