Seven Lifespan Vitality Blockers

Jun 06 2017

Vitality emerges naturally in a person as a mindset of living fully is progressively developed, and when potential wellness obstacles (or blockers) are removed.  The following seven vitality blockers can prevent you from experiencing genuine vitality and from living fully.  Dr. Norman Shealy, M.D. and Caroline Myss say in their book The Creation of Health that people can accelerate illness when one or more of the following seven dysfunctional patterns is present:

1.  The presence of unresolved or deeply consuming emotional, psychological or spiritual stress in our life.  Holding a grudge, unresolved grief, or anger, unexpressed feelings, resentments, injustices, abuse and/or neglect can all prevent you from experiencing vitality.

2. The ability to give or receive love.  We all have the need to both receive and give love.  When either of these is blocked we “set ourselves up” for illness.  Since these are “needs” this means that without fulfillment, at some level, we will get sick.

3. Lack of humor and the inability to distinguish serious concerns from the lesser issues of life.  It’s been said that the most happy people are ones who “don’t sweat the small stuff in life and who believe that everything is small stuff.”  We do need to gain the perspective that our human behavior can be absurd, and instead of getting angry at it, our humor lets us find it amusing.

4. How effectively one exercises the power of choice in terms of holding dominion over the movement and activities of their life.  So often we don’t recognize that we do have the power of choice; we have options.  I am always amazed at the number of intelligent persons who simply can’t accept this notion; if we don’t have options, if we don’t have choices, then we are all trapped.

5. How well a person has attended to the needs of the physical body itself, i.e., nutrition, exercise, genetic makeup, and proper use of drugs or alcohol.   We can misuse our body only so far, for so long, before our body gives us rather clear and unpleasant signals that all is not well.

6. How one has dealt with the “existential vacuum” of the suffering that accompanies the absence or loss of meaning in one’s life.  This is particularly true for some mature adults – males particularly, who have had former experience in positions of great responsibility or clear personal significance leading to above-average personal meaning, only to have suffered the loss of this personal meaning through retirement, either chosen or otherwise.

7. The characteristics of people who become ill because of a tendency toward denial, or circumstances or events that must be changed.  Change is the watchword of the universe.  All things must and do change.  We also change; unfortunately some of us cannot change ourselves, we simply let circumstances make our change decisions for us.  This ensures pain and suffering, if not for ourselves, then for others.

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