By Mark Lundegren
Health – we all know we need it and most of us take at least some steps to ensure it. But often, our health efforts are less than effective or ideal.
And in truth, our health efforts are never optimal and can always improve, since health is an open-ended natural phenomenon that exists without obvious limits. This is true in principle, and it is in true in our individual lives and groups.
As my title suggests, I’d like to talk about an alternative way of thinking about natural health promotion, one that seeks to bridge or combine approaches that are overly personalized or excessively focused on the science of progressivity.
If you are familiar with the HumanaNatura natural health system, the idea of excessive progressivity might seem like a strange idea, since our overriding focus is on intentionally re-naturalized and progressive modern living. But just as our health pursuits can be too personalized and not make use of scientific principles, they can be inadequately personalized too or not sufficiently grounded in our personalities and the enduring power of our personal motivations.
In both cases, by being excessively consumed with either personalization or progressivity, we can miss important opportunities to advance our health and quality of life. We can fail to achieve what I will call, and explain next, health actualization – a higher category of health advancement based on attentive choices that span purely personal and purely progressive considerations.
Let me start this important and potentially life and health-liberating discussion with a definition, and then turn to a simple model you can use to think more concretely – and more personally – about progressive life and health for yourself and others you influence.
As you may know, when HumanaNatura talks about progressivity or progressive living, we mean simply – and not so simply – an informed and sustained practice of seeking greater levels of health and well-being in our lives, groups and communities, or in our global society more generally. Key themes in describing the process of progressive Natural Living are that it is continuous, lifelong, compounding or pro-cyclical, and revolutionary.