The Holistic View from Here

by drnorton on August 11, 2012

Welcome to the new “Whole Body Health Blog”!I invite you to join me on an exciting journey each week as we explore health and well-being from a “holistic” perspective. I’ll be your enthusiastic guide as we examine the centuries-old, frequently neglected, but now resurgent holistic model.

We’ll look at how holism applies not only to our own personal lives but also to larger issues of global concern that affect us personally in ways that we never expected.

I promise that you’ll be amazed at how much your quality of life can be improved by choosing a more holistic approach—not only with your health but with your relationships, work environment, goals, spirituality, finances, and every other part of your life.

In the midst of our busy lives, why is it important that we invest time and energy in this pursuit, and why is holism once again becoming the most effective approach to well-being?

It’s because the alternative approach is ruining our lives.The opposite of “holistic” is “atomistic,” which is the worldview currently holding reign in the Western world. Atomistic means focusing on small parts rather than the big picture, and it is the cause of almost all personal and world problems.

Atomism isn’t working in any sector of our lives and it’s the reason we see so many systems crumbling around us.

Atomism violates our basic design and the importance of taking context into account.

Atomism results in decreasing joy, purpose, and satisfaction; increasing loneliness, anxiety, and depression; and an epidemic of chronic pain, disease, and premature death on the individual level.

Atomism is producing environmental destruction, financial crises, relationship breakdowns, and non-stop wars, just to name a few of the consequences on a global level.

The failure of atomism was revealed in the health care arena by Walter Cronkite when he said that “America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.”

When we perpetually view the world of people and situations as divided into separate and dissimilar elements, solutions to big problems not only aren’t clearly apparent, but may actually become impossible.

When an entire “system” is sick or out of balance, placing bandages on a gaping wound or two won’t ever restore integrity of function and wholeness.

The next time you hear the word “holistic,” remember that it means “focusing on the whole person or system rather than just a small part.”

As America’s Holistic Doctor, I have dedicated my life to sharing the life-changing message of holism with the world.

“Whole Mind, Whole Body, Whole Spirit….Holistic.”Please join us each week for the further development of these ideas and for tools and information to upgrade your mind—the software of your life.

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