The four methods for healing that Dr. Roger Jahnke writes about in his book, The Healer Within, are: movement, massage, meditation, and breathing. It's not possible to describe each here, but if you check out The Healer Within website, you should find all the information you need.
Yesterday, Marja asked whether Dr. Jahnke talks about helping others, and he certainly does. In fact he talks about a weekly community-wide healing session where people share their personal practices with others.
He writes: "If each person were to embrace the simple ideals and tools we have explored her, our world would be a dramatically different place. When each person does the small job of taking care of him or herself, the big job of taking care of everyone is automatically complete.
"Some of you will become so enthusiastic about these possibilities for personal and community healing that your activities will overflow into service. As Albert Schweitzer said, 'To work for the common good is the greatest creed.'"
I find Dr. Jahnke's thesis to be a sound one. He provides a lot of very simple exercises that have been proven to be effective for healing. He gives examples of how you can integrate them into your days--by making small changes in your life. For example, you can take a deep breathe when you are sitting at a stoplight. You can massage your scalp vigorously when you shampoo your hair. You can take a daily walk and do the "in-out breathing."
His recommendations are easy to do, and they have been shown to be very effective. Dr. Jahnke believes that each ones of us needs to be responsible for our own health. He thinks it's a disservice to believe that our doctors can heal us without our participation. If we believe we can heal ourselves, and we use the power of our bodies and minds to make it happen, it truly will happen.
That is the path I have already taken, and it is working for me. While it was impossible for me to believe I could heal myself when I was so sick, now that I'm well I know it's true. While my methods and Dr. Jahnke's are slightly different, there are many similarities. For months now, I have been involved with breathing, movement, and meditation (my own variety). Today, I added self-massage to the mix.
Like Dr. Jahnke, I believe it's important to "activate the healer within" many times during the day. For years, I developed wellness activities, but I didn't truly believe that they could make me well. I was always looking for the next drug that might help me or trying to find a doctor who could heal me.
When I finally realized that I needed to depend upon myself, my depressions began to diminish.
When I realized that all my adjunctive wellness activities were the basis for a wellness program, I began feeling well.
What do you do to heal yourself? What are your daily wellness activities? If you're well, to what do you attribute your wellness?