I am very happy to share with you the news that my office, Preventive Medical Center of Marin (PMCM), was recently voted Best Holistic Clinic in Marin in the annual poll by The Pacific Sun newspaper. For 2017, I am pleased to say that I also received the award for Best Holistic Practitioner. As a team, we are very proud of our group of wonderful practitioners and sensitive staff at the clinic that has been providing integrative family health care for more than 30 years.
Let’s continue our exploration of this philosophy of politics, war and peace and how it permeates many parts of our life where an “attack and conquer” mentality often prevails, and this includes our relationships with others and most importantly with our one and only self. I believe we can each improve in this area and practice kindness, acceptance and understanding for all people and life on Earth, especially when they appear very different from us.
Over our planet’s history, many wars have been fought in the name of religion. We may want others to believe as we do and find them wrong or “heathens” if they don’t. Even currently, there are religious struggles going on throughout the world. We will do better and have more peace if we can trust everyone’s right to believe as they choose and pick the religion that suits them best, rather than make any “non-believers” our enemies. The key is that our individual rights do not impinge on or cause harm to others.
Of course, there are many types of strife, conflict, and war. Politics, Medicine, Farming and the Environment are all examples of ways in which traditional “attack and conquer” approaches have had negative consequences and where a more integrative approach can have long-term positive results. This is also true of course in our personal relationships, which is the core concept of this post. Much of this starts from inner turmoil and affects our inner peace, how we relate to others, and our overall health, which is primarily based on our attitudes towards life.
it is we who create war, or develop the concept of war, as a solution to conflict, and this often begins as children from our parents’ attitudes and approach to the world. We are also affected by the environment we are exposed to with the media’s onslaught of violence in movies and the everyday news. All of this affects our own behaviors, messages, and approach to life and relationships. Most of us have problems or challenges in our personal alliances at home with family members, at work, and in love relationshps. Our programming, once developed, is difficult to change.
Our upbringing deeply affects how we relate to the world and how much of a fighter we are as mature adults. When we are blessed and supported with love and care, and we feel “privileged” and comfortable in life, we are likely to be more content and accepting of the world as it is, with a positive outlook. Of course, we may have more chance for happiness, although that’s not always the case. Many ‘privileged’ and wealthy people are also unhappy and turn to drugs, even suicide.
Of course, when we grow up being denied good food, shelter, a comfortable bed, peaceful surroundings, and caring parental guidance, or even worse, when we are hurt or abused, or have embattled, or divorced parents who hold resentment towards each other, or have a parent in prison, or we live in a neighborhood with crime and guns—it’s more likely that we may not embrace the world so positively and will want to claim our piece of the earth and acquire enough money for the comforts we see others experiencing.
On the other hand, many less privileged people who grow up in poor and deprived or struggling families and neighborhoods rise up and do great things with their lives. The key is both self-acceptance and belief in our self along with the fortitude to persist in achieving our dreams, qualities that are often a result of our upbringing.
So, it starts with each of us, asking such questions as, “Were our parents peaceful, or were they fighters, angry, and mad at each other and/or the world? What makes us want to give and help others, especially those less fortunate?”
Whatever and wherever our life is at the moment, it can get better, and it starts NOW! This begins with how we care for our own health and body/mind and heart every day. We do not have to be embattled with our current life/circumstances, and for most of us, we can always do better. Is it with our diet and dependency habits (even sugar, caffeine and alcohol), the drugs we rely upon, and then focus on taking the time to exercise, sleep, relax, and be creative and do some good things for our family, neighbors, and community?
When we take this positive approach to our lives, we stay away from the battle, the struggle that fights with symptoms and physical/emotional complaints that are often managed with superficial Bandaid approaches relying on prescription and over-the-counter remedies that aren’t really true remedies. This is where we can work on our first level battleground to stay out of the ‘attack and conquer’ medical approach, and this can affect many other areas of our lives, especially our personal relationships.
The final piece of this topic Politics, Medicine and War to Integrity, Healing and Peace