What is the Wholistic Approach?

The Wholistic Approach is often spelled Holistic and refers to an ‘alternative’ approach that includes a wide variety of mind-body-spirit approaches to optimal living. The Holistic Approach however, usually frowns on the use of medication. The Wholistic Approach with a ‘W’ puts all treatment options, including medications, on equal footing. The discussion of options is given in a balanced way, keeping with the trust and respect that such a discussion calls for. This allows each of us to make our own choices.

If you are visiting this site it is likely that you or someone you know is suffering and you want to know your options. I congratulate you for recognizing that while pain exists for all of us, we must find answers to work through our suffering. Recognition is the first step and you are already onto the second step in your search for answers.

Please let me use this short article and video to provide you with a few insights on what it takes to work through suffering. First, if you knew the answer you likely wouldn't be suffering. We suffer when we are in pain and feel that there are no answers. Often we find our answers in places we haven't yet fully considered. The need to 'step way back' and allow ourselves to consider any answer that works is a must. This search needs to be guided by our 'higher power' or you can consider any answer that works and where it might take us! The Wholistic Approach on this website is an approach that asks us to step back and with fresh eyes, consider all options that you feel guided to by your 'Higher Power'.  Please don't be surprised when you find some 'agonizing reappraisals' along the way. Please also allow yourself the pleasant surprise when after such reappraisals your suffering begins to resolve! If interested you can review a slightly more in depth article and video listed on the right along with other topics that may also serve you. If you become intrigued and want to know more you may want to look into becoming an ‘immersion member’ where we take real life suffering and offer examples of how these approaches work.

Please allow me to offer you a little something in this article:

We are all very aware that in order to thrive we need to take very good care of our precious brain cells. Let’s get into the mind of a brain cell in order to see what allows them to be strong and resilient. Besides being very active, they love to talk to each other. This is when they, and we, feel happy. The more integral to the body they become, the more they get to talk to each other, produce growth factors and become more vibrant. They are always looking for ways to make the body work more efficiently. They even like to communicate with the brain cells of other people through ‘mirror neurons’. When we feel close to someone, listen to them intently and they move their right hand, our right hand neurons fire. So each of our millions of brain cells not only get an extra dose of growth hormone when they help optimize our body, but they get this same reward when they optimize the people we love as well!

Here are a few strategies that the Wholistic Approach includes:

1) Keeping mentally active in a balanced way. Start each day with a glass of water and review your six separate 90 day goals representing the major relationships of your life.

2) Each brain cells requirement for a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients is vital. So eating in a way that supplies the nutrients the brain requires while avoiding the dullness that a heavy meal leads to is pertinent. Another strategy is techniques that support body alignment to maximize lung capacity or optimize breathing throughout the day which is advantageous.

3) Recognizing and maximizing our strengths is helpful, as each strength will require as much finesse in its application as possible. Practicing their use daily will attract the necessary neuronal support. Both of these would not only be good for our body but for those around us. And the more relationships we can successfully be a part of the more positive stimulation we will receive from others.

4) Realizing that our frontal cortex is designed to make decisions when there is very little information available, we can maximize this ability by developing moment to moment compassion in our relationships with our ‘Higher Power’ or ‘code of conduct’ as our 'ultimate guide'.

5) Any treatment that can potentially help us achieve the above, from therapy and medications to alternative treatments, is a potentially good option. We can optimize the help we offer each other when we educate, in a balanced way, all of the treatment options available to us.

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The Wholistic Approach and SMART Goals
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