Do You Have Good Wellness karma, Throughout our lives, our states of wellness seem to come and go. Like a tide that ebbs and flows, at times we are well and fit and at other times we fill sick or experience pain and disease. But are we at fault?
Many believe we can not control our state of health. My experience tells me otherwise and that while we can’t account for some things, most of the acute and chronic conditions we face are indeed tied to our thoughts, beliefs, choices and actions. In other words, our current and future states of wellness are karmic events.
Ancient Indian and Chinese belief systems hold that a person’s actions now and in previous days, times and incarnations are what decide their fate today and in the future. In other words, there is a law of cause and effect that proves time and again that what we think, say, do and how we interact with others comes back to us manifold.
Swami Vivekananda put it this way, “Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom … Our thoughts, our words, and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves.”.
The “net” the Swami is speaking of is the limitations, the restrictions we put on ourselves through our “thoughts, words and deeds.” I would like to be more specific and state that our thoughts about health and wellness form our beliefs about health and wellness. It is these beliefs that then inform how we speak about our health and the actions we take (or do not take) in response to those beliefs.
To put it simply, if we eat an entire pumpkin pie today, tomorrow we will feel sick and have gained some weight. That is karma in action. That is a direct example of the law of cause (eating an entire pie) and effect (upset stomach, weight gain). Your belief that eating such a large amount of pie may have told you that you would not get sick from it, which led to your choice to eat the entire pie. The effect (result) of that choice is sickness, which is the wellness karma coming full circle.
More important than focusing on your current state of health it is an effort to work toward embracing a new perception of wellness. After all, wellness is a broader state than health because it includes decision making processes that includes becoming the person and achieving the life you want.
The World Health Organization defines wellness as, “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The most important part of this definition is that is corrects the notion that wellness is not merely the “absence of disease.” It is more than that.
The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as, “a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.” This definition is important because it points out that the wellness state is “self-directed” and wellness is an “evolving process.”.
To actualize your health potential and increase your state of wellness, you must understand that you have control of your choices. To do this, you must change your beliefs about your perceived inability to effect change.
Changing old beliefs.
In order to change our future state of health we must alter our state of wellness in the present. To do so we must first change our past perceptions of it, and then our present actions toward it.
The first thing is to come to realize that you do have immediate control over your state of health and wellness. You can choose to change your eating habits, your sleep schedule, your reaction to stress, how you relate to yourself, to others and to the world. Again, your beliefs inform your thoughts, which lead your actions. And these actions begin karmic cycles that represent the Law of Cause and Effect.
To help with this process of perception shifts in your beliefs, perhaps tell yourself something along the following examples– changing topic to relate to your own situation.
The action of conscious choice making.
I am not my pain or illness and I am not defined by my pain or illness. It is something I can change by seeing the karmic role that keeps it moving forward by the results of my actions. If I change my stress response, I can alter how negative interactions affect my body, and thus reduce the tension in my muscles and reduce my pain.
I am not an insomniac and I am not at the mercy of my sleep issues. I can, instead, make a conscious choice to not consume high caffeine or sugar beverages within four hours of bedtime. I can choose to create a sleep space in my room, by not reading or watching television in bed and by making the room cooler at night. I can change my exercise time to earlier in the day, and not put off work to the last minute and thus allow my body to wind down instead of ramp up in the evening.
I choose instead to take a more active role in achieving my preferred body weight. I chose to take a class or listen to CDs on how to reduce stress-induced eating binges to take back control of my meals and nourishment.
These are just a few of the simple examples of how wellness karma works. You see, your present state of health is part of your overall state of wellness and this is a karmic reflection of your past choices. That is an example of cause and effect. Your current state of pain, illness, insomnia or weight gain is an effect that was caused by past actions.