“In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to seek and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.”
— Jiddu Krishnamurti —
In my attempts to regain my health and my life, I discovered that the foundation of healing was based on what I was feeding my body and how it was absorbed. I realized that my immediate environment was not serving me well.
I quit my “dream job” and started living my dream life.
I started moving more, surfing and doing things I loved. I made time to invest in myself and regained self-love and self-worth while rediscovering my life’s purpose. Pretty heavy, I know. I was living to work and now I was working to live.
I surrounded myself with positive, open-minded, purpose-driven people. I changed my mind, my environment, and my health. As a result, everything I started to do felt good. Really good. Who knew that it was all once choice away?
Real health began to invade my entire being and I couldn’t believe the difference. It transformed me from inside and out.
Fast-forward to today. I am now in my early 30s, living in Bali, Indonesia, and working as a health practitioner with an integrated tool belt. My mantra to my clients is: “If you don’t get better under my guidance, you don’t pay.” I have always felt that if I was willing to receive someone’s hard-earned money, then it’s my duty to ensure they get better. This can mean treating them, or at times, referring them to other allied health professionals. Whatever option is best for them. Sometimes not treating them at all. Whatever is best for them.
Although it took some time to integrate everything I had learned, both intellectually and experientially. It all led to this. To build a community of people empowered in their own self-care, with a heart-spaced desire to help others along the way. This spark is the SelfCare revolution. To create curiosity and empowered learning in the 12 Medicines and to help others ignite their own human potential and optimize their own unique experiences free from restriction.
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL
—WHICH IS MORE THAN YOU THINK
I remember when I watched that Buddhist monk fights for his life in the intensive care unit after being “king hit” on his morning run as someone stole his wallet. Each morning before I arrived at the hospital, close to 100 people lined the wards in unified support for someone who had impacted his community. The same day, I saw a lady addicted to heroin, suffer from multiple organ failure— return to life, despite the fact she had no desire to live. There was not one person waiting in the halls to be there for her.
It made me appreciate the allied health team who saw that both lives were equally valuable, even though they both lay there on life support with thousands of tax-paying dollars being spent daily to ensure they were given every opportunity to live or pass on through the “angels gates.”
After 30 days of life support, the Buddhist monk died. 100 people cried in despair. The lady with no desire to live walked out of the hospital with no one waiting to pick her up.
It made me realize that life was unpredictable, in a constant state of change and that tomorrow was not granted for anyone.
Though we aren’t guaranteed a long life and an aura of unpredictability is always present—there are many factors we can control. Many changes we can make. Just like Jiddu Krishnamurti said,
“Enlightenment is an accident, but some activities make you accident-prone.”
Living for a long time may be unpredictable, but these SelfCare solutions make you prone to longevity and good health.
That’s my job—to help you make choices that make you health prone. To help you control what you can (which is a lot!)
Over time, I realized that to heal we need to:
- heal ourselves with the support of amazing people
- heal the natural environments that we live in
- heal our communities and all who live in them.
We need to encourage healers—not only the ones working in hospitals or health clinics, but the biodynamic farmers that are producing food without chemicals and collateral damage to the natural world, the person that stops and takes time out of their busy lives to help someone in need whilst others watch or walk on by. Creating ripple effects through inspired action.
This is a book of choices, but it’s also a book of connection.
After working as a practitioner in the modern healthcare system for a decade and after being a patient and spending thousands of dollars trying to buy my health back, I came to see how many people were answering my three questions (Am I happy? Am I healthy? Am I connected?) with the same loud ringing NO that I once did.
This journey empowered me to step out of the current systems of healthcare and look at the bigger view of health and happiness. Over time, I curated the 12 Medicines that you will read in this book.
These 12 Medicines stem from years of research (both modern science and ancient wisdom), observation, insights from leading mentors in their field, and personal experience. This SelfCare matrix and simply #fillyourcup method are designed to help you move from burnout and emptiness to bubbling with an overflow of joy and good health as a “well-being.”
CALL TO COURAGE
What is ONE point of resistance in your life right now? Is it health, money, love, connection, time, lifestyle? (comment below)
I have learned that whatever I resist, persists.
What if rather than resisting it, you welcomed it as an opportunity to grow and transform? Keeping this in mind, what would you do differently next time?
“In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” — Eleanor Roosevelt —
This is directly referenced from the amazon best-selling SelfCare Book "Lifestyle Medicine For the People" by Rory Callaghan. If you would like to read more content like this. Grab the free online chapters of the book or a hard copy.
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