How often have we felt bent, compressed, stretched by life events, having lost our elasticity after emotional loss or upheaval. Can we return to our original form and position?
All lives inevitably experience illness, or some adversity such as depression. But how can we “re-float” ourselves and bounce on life’s ever-wobbly waters as we once did? These are huge questions – and ever more pointed – as we age. We think it natural to recover more slowly from an injury, from a common cold, from a memory lapse or the old vim and vigor if we dare let up on our physical regimes for a week or so.
But as we enter our last decade or two, the loses in our resilience can become downright deadly if not treated. Fortunately in this century, research in this characteristic, to recover, to bounce back, has become ever more studied, perhaps because there are so many more of us living so much longer! And also, the approaches of traditional medicine have been expanded to go far beyond its over dependence upon pharmaceuticals only.
Thus we enter the relatively new realm of “Integrative Medicine” Medicine which is not restricted to just the physical aspects of ourselves, but includes also the social, emotional, and spiritual realms. For example, here is our guest, Helen Lavretsky, as a practitioner of “Mind-Body medicine”, reporting on the results of a trial of Kundalini Yoga on patients suffering from depression and mild cognitive impairment: Wouldn’t you rather entrust your care to someone like her?
And Integrative Medicine also extends its circle of care to our caregivers, as their well being will enhance their care of us!