I am rereading Wayne Dyer’s book, change your thoughts change your life, living the wisdom of the Tao. Verse 2 addresses the concept of contrast…Long is defined by short, the high by the low.
While contrasts help us understand differences, for example, up verses down, Dyer suggests that the Tao is asking us to simply experience without defining it as one or the other.
This can be helpful, particularly when it comes to having an adverse health condition, because the real detriment of looking at things in contrast is when we judge one side of the spectrum as being better than the other. We think tall is better than short, or warm is better than cold, and when we are experiencing the nonpreferred side of the contrast, such as poor health, we are unhappy. This viewpoint puts us in a state of stress, which is detrimental to our recovery efforts. It contributes to poor gut health, a weakened immune system, inflammation and acidity, which prevents us from returning our body to homeostasis.
The ideal, then, is to experience without judgment or labelling; to acknowledge and accept that our state of health has changed while focusing on the things we need to do to achieve optimum health.
This takes us out of victimhood and empowers us, because it says, we are in charge of our attitude, which puts us in the proper frame of mind to produce the feel-good neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin.
Homeostasis, here we come!