“Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.” Publilius Syrus
Do you know what last Sunday was?
Last weekend (Sunday), April 7th was World Health Day which is a huge mission and goal of the World Health Organization, more commonly known as WHO, to provide Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to all people. Seriously, did you even hear about this? Who’s got time for this?
This is the WHO’s definition of UHC:
“This definition of UHC embodies three related objectives:
- Equity in access to health services – everyone who needs services should get them, not only those who can pay for them;
- The quality of health services should be good enough to improve the health of those receiving services; and
- People should be protected against financial-risk, ensuring that the cost of using services does not put people at risk of financial harm.”
Although this is a very meaningful goal aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to bring the fundamental human right of health to everyone across the globe, especially for the world’s poorest people, who is actually responsible for this? Which UN goals are you aligned with?
“A United People will need to take 100% responsibility for our own health.” Mag Secretario
I believe it’s absolutely necessary to be conscious of such ‘awareness days’ whether it’s my last post on World Autism Month or a previous post on World Sleep Day. The challenge is most people are distracted by so much these days that this may pass many of us! The question again is, how do we go beyond awareness and move into action and then real change? How do we make our health our highest priority and make World Health Day every day? We must first all take 100% responsibility for our own health & wellbeing, then change the world!
My intention, starting with myself, is, to begin with, a mind that’s open to change, new experiences, what Zen Buddhism calls a beginner’s mind. Shoshin (初心) is a word from the Zen belief meaning “beginner’s mind.” For many years I was using the word, mindset and this week learned of another view that might expand beyond our belief that our mind was ‘set’. I’d love to reframe this and call it, MindUnset.
“A MindUnset is a mind that’s open & flexible, a beginner’s mind.” Mag Secretario
Some of the latest insights, science and my current studies with The Neuroscience Academy with the lovely, Dr Sarah McKay reveals to us that our brain can, in fact, change like plastic and is called neuroplasticity. This means we are indeed able to learn ‘new tricks’ no matter our age, our nature or our environment (nurture) all that we previously believed about the brain being ‘fixed’ since birth or ‘set’ is now no longer true!
“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” Shunryu Suzuki
We can believe that we are able to influence our health through our thinking! On a deeper level, we can even help the health of others as well as the health of our planet! So here are some insights that can get you started cultivating a new belief system of possibility by mastering these simple principles backed by neuroscience that can improve your health, mind, body and spirit.
Try a new MindUnset.
- Step back, observe and listen. This opens the possibility to learn something new.
- Let go of the feeling of needing to be right, instead be right now. Be present.
- Trust you are exactly where you need to be right now. (see above)
- Listen to other’s perspective by asking, ‘tell me more about that’.
- Calm your mind by learning how to control your breath.
- Listen to music from your happiest memories. A happy emotional state sets the stage for an open mind.
- Get good quality sleep. A healthy brain requires it leads to a healthy mind by helping regulate your emotions and optimize many other physiological functions
There are many more nuances you can learn more about what works for you best. Start with these above and check out The Power of SHE for more insights. Let go of your preconceptions, have an attitude of openness and learn how to prioritize your health. Keep in touch for a new program we’re developing that can help you take this deeper soon!
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