Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light. ~Le Corbusier
I have been thinking a lot lately about how I can translate the improved health and continued healing I am experiencing into advice and encouragement for others. As the architect of my own health, the best way I can do this is to document my journey and explore the thoughts and philosophies with which I approach my wellness. Like the quote above says, we need to create in the light, and the more knowledge we have, the brighter our lights shine.
First I should correct my wording – I am not “experiencing” better health, I am manifesting it. It is not a passive action, as in the way we “experience” the weather, it is active, because each improvement is directly related to lifestyle changes and choices I have made. I am the architect of my current wellness path. And that has been pretty empowering – the realization that I have choices, and the bad choices I make directly contribute to the increase in my symptoms and the good choices I make directly contribute to the reduction in my symptoms. Sounds like a no-brainer right? So then why did it take me 13 years to reach this realization?
I have an idea as to why (based on my belief that western med/society is not about empowering the patient), but that is not the focus of this conversation. I am more interested in exploring how I got to this place of improved health and sharing what I hope can help someone else create their own blueprint for health.
I plan to do this in a series of posts, as it is impossible to cover everything all in one. My future posts will focus on first the trigger that sent us spiraling into chronic illness and if our lifestyle at the time of our trigger somehow predisposed us to our current chronic illness. I have a lot of theories about this and look forward to exploring them to see if anything rings true for others. This will of course require a look at all the many types of triggers – physical, emotional, viral, etc..
To continue the series I am also going to explore: nutrition, exercise, self-love/compassion, relationships, our environments – home, work, nature, etc., and our spirituality. These are all things I am addressing in my blueprint, and it is the combination of these things that I believe has brought me to a place of better health and overall wellbeing.
There are so many elements that go into developing and treating a chronic illness, and as we are all unique individuals, so is our experience with our illness. I know the blueprint for my health (which I am currently still in the processes of drafting) is not going to be your blueprint, but as all good architectures have done over the years, you can have a look at mine, and take elements from it that will help you build the foundation of your own blueprint.
As long as you believe better health is possible, it will be. But like all magnificent builds, it takes time, planning, and effort. You may spend months building a wall, only to discover it needs more stabilization. Or maybe one day you realize the foundation you poured is too weak to continue your build. Do you walk away from it completely? No, you acknowledge and address the problems with the foundation, give it time to set, and then move forward. Some days it is two steps forward, one step back, but as long as we keep stepping, progress is made.
Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul. ~Ernest Dimnet