One of the current trends, when internet marketers sell their products online, is the promise of life transformation. Pat Flynn’s interview with Adam Bruan of Pencils of Promise, touts their ability to show us How to Create Extraordinary Change and Transform the World. In my experience, the road to real transformation is a lot longer and is intertwined with the total person.
So many of our patients need sustainable health transformation rather than the temporary relief of symptoms. Their medical problems don’t begin and end the minute they step into our clinics. Western medicine tends to focus on outward symptoms which fragment people into isolated conditions or body parts.
As therapists need to step back and take into account the whole picture of our patients’ health before we can diagnose and treat our patients. Patients are often in need a change in lifestyle.
The focus of holistic health is to look at the underlying causes of a condition or symptoms. Holistic health as described by the American Holistic Health Association:
“Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit. The goal is to achieve maximum well-being, where everything is functioning the very best that is possible.”
In order to achieve optimal wellness, most people will need trusted guide to come alongside for the long journey. We might need to get uncomfortable while we let go of our “professional distance”. In order to get a fresh perspective on holistic transformation, I want us to look outside the healthcare industry.
This post by my friend, Martin Simiyu, an African missionary whom I deeply respect describes the approach his organization, Possibilities Africa, takes to bring about the transformation of entire communities.
My hope is that this blog post will inspire and inform us on how we might bring about lasting life transformation in our patients.