Whether it’s by helping us search for health-related information, connecting us with doctors through online portals, or enabling us to store and retrieve our medical records online, the Internet is starting to show the promise it has to transform the way people interact with and improve their own health and wellness.
The 4 Best Doctors
The 4 best doctors in the world are Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet, Dr. Stretch and Dr. Giggles. Each of these doctors address both physical and mental well-being. Each one is readily available, but speak to you in soft internal subjective whispers, do not impose or force, command or demand. They simply suggest, hint at, give clues, to you about what works best for you. At the same time, there are many generalized guidelines which work for most people to bring about healing and health. Most of the guidelines are, if one is ill, difficult to employ; and, yet, if employed, significant improvements are noted over a relatively short period of time, such as a few months. A few months may seem like a long time when compared to the rapid effect of pharmaceutical medications; but, those medications do not promote well-being; they suppress symptoms. Symptoms are signals, signposts, feedback, information, which if ignored or suppressed, prevents curative healing.
Diets, like clothes, should be tailored to you.
Dr. Diet does not only address the food you eat, but the information you ingest as well. In today’s modern hypermedia culture, we easily overeat mental food, and are undernourished psychelogically. We overeat physical food because we are undernourished, physically. We are undernourished physically because the soil from which all plant and animal life is supported is depleted. The amount of nutrients in a single apple today is far less than a single apple a few hundred years ago. Eating more does not solve the problem; rather, investing wisely in what is eaten can bring about increased health, both physically and mentally.
Dr. Diet is eclectic and does not prescribe specific diets, of which a plethora exists. Rather, Dr. Diet encourages sensitivity to one’s own biological intelligence, which has the capacity to survey the environment and make choices conducive to well-being. To employ a diet which others have promoted may, or may not, work for any one individual. To explore and experiment with various dietary protocols is useful, but only if one is able to discard that which does not work.
Well-being is not simply the absence of symptoms; it is an awareness, a sensitivity, to one’s own genuine needs, be they physical or psychelogical. One needs to be sensitive to their own metabolism and biological idiosyncracies. One size does not fit all. Survey the cafeteria of offerings and make choices predicated on rational intelligence, not emotional appetite. The regulation of appetite is an empowering practice which develops command. It’s not about prohibition imposed from the outside; it is about self-governance, from within.
In quiet places, reason abounds.
-Adlai Stevenson I
Dr. Quiet’s prescriptions point to alone time. Quietness of body and mind goes contrary to the modern trend of being busy. In our hyperactive culture, to be busy is good, and to be overly busy is not bad. But, without compensatory quiet time, the noise of day to day living with others, both in person and via various social media channels, becomes ever more exhausting. Although sleep is quiet time, it is unconscious time as well. To be consciously quieter than the normal baseline of day to day living is refreshing and rejuvinating. Even when relaxing, it is often some other type of activity rather than being alone in quietness. External quietness means to minimize sensory input ie, to close the eyes brings about more sensory quietness than when eyes open. To put yourself in an environment where few sounds are heard, is conducive to quietness of mind, and body. Internal quietness is detached awareness of thoughts in the mind, like watching clouds in the sky shift in shape, come and go.
Being quiet alone can at first feel uncomfortable; but, as familiarity with one’s own decreased sensory stimulation matures, ease and comfort in simply ‘being’ happens without effort. As with Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet speaks in subtle whispers, making suggestions, hints and clues, about what direction to aim to gain quiet well-being. Dr. Quiet can help, if one is receptive and able to hear the subtle emanations, find a way to incorporate quiet alone time, most every day. It doesn’t take a lot to set aside half an hour in the evening to be quiet alone, to recap the day, to feel the day, to digest the day. Dr. Quiet often hints at the value of reflection, introspection, contemplation, meditation, relaxation and any method that can assist in turning down the levels of sensory stimulation and cognitive distortions, so as to experience the feelings of quietness alone.
What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.
Dr. Stretch, like Dr. Diet and Dr. Quiet, speaks to both physical and mental well-being. Some synonyms for stretch include spread out, reach, extend. To stretch the body and mind is to extend its functionality and capacity, to reach for an expanded range of life. Stretching ourselves is an intrinsic drive throughout humanity; we would not, as a species, be where we are today without this tendency to stretch ourselves beyond our current limitations. A myriad of exercise programs abound most all of which encourage stretching as a precursor to successful exercise. Most are familiar with the variety of physical exercises and many find a resonance in one program or another; mental exercises are less well-known but equally valuable in terms of stretching one’s capacity to sink below the surface and think in more comprehensive ways. Just as it takes repeated practice to stretch muscles, tendons and ligaments (along with arteries and veins within them), so too it requires repetitive employment of new thinking to stretch the mind. And, just as stretching tight, cramped, contracted, frozen muscles, tendons and ligaments may hurt at first, so too stretching the cognitive, discriminative, interpretative and evaluative functions of the mind may at first be quite uncomfortable and confusing.
Without stretching our mind and body, we too easily become fixated, calcified, rigid and stuck. Physically, this can be seen as various sclerosis, i.e., hardening, of that which is designed to be soft. Ironically, sedentary people are often considered to be soft, but, in fact, they are more hardened than those who stretch themselves. Sclerosis in the mind is hardening of cognitive processes, i.e., thinking in which repetitive, routine neuro-cognitive programs run automatically, like a muscle that typically has a wide range of motion only moves within a very limited range of motion. Exercises to stretch the mind can be found in everyday situations by simply considering alternative thoughts in much the same way one may consider moving their body in different ways which might be more conducive to feeling better. Dr. Stretch generally recommends curiosity and exploration, travel and reading, to help stretch the mind.
There is little success where there is little laughter.
Dr. Giggles is the least serious of the four, and often encourages a playful, fun approach to life situations. Giggles, and the more robust laughter, are both a physiological and psychelogical experience. Heavy laughter involves an alteration in normal breathing and spasmodic abdominal muscle contractions; it is often brought on by a cognitive or intellectual insight or understanding that moves the mind. Laughter is the release of energy stored in hard sclerotic formations, be they cognitive or muscular. Crying is not unlike laughing in that it too is brought on by a cognitive shift which releases stored energy and results in altered breath and abdominal motion. Crying is a healthy release of stored emotional energies and if crying reaches a peak it can become cathartic, one can appear hysterical in which they are sobbing one minute and then laughing the next, shifting back and forth from one to the other. Such an experience is referred to as ‘catharsis.’
Catharsis is an uncommon experience in that it may only happen to a person at best a few times in a life. It is a kind of purging, cleansing, a clearing of old, stale, repressed emotional energies. On a more daily basis, giggles serve as a pressure release valve in which building tensions, conflicts and hardness can be met with humor. Even to simply smile is muscular motion that influences cognitive process in a ‘happy’ way, just as cognitive process influences muscle motion, or muscle rest. Humor, as a word, originally referred to body fluids; as it became known that body fluids, which carry hormones, have significant influence on moods and emotions, humor took on different meanings. To move these fluids changes mood and emotions and one of the best ways to move fluids through the body is with breathing and abdominal contractions, both of which occur during sobbing, and laughing. Dr. Giggles encourages the application of wit, satire, sarcasm, irony and, in general, comedy, to assist in keeping both mind and body fluid.
The fluid life is one of the most significant ingredients in well-being and the 4 best doctors in the world, Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet, Dr. Stretch and Dr. Giggles all endorse any number of ways one may find useful in becoming less stagnant and more fluid, which is the basis for abilities to flex, adapt, adjust, bend, learn, grow, mature, become…..The possibility exists to become a well-being.
You can go from object to object, from plant to plant, from animal to animal and regard them as symbols for the spiritual. In this way, you make your imaginative capacities fluid and release them from the sharp contours of sense perception.