Courage Is a Health and Wellness Practice


By Jack Menear

Your body reflects the mind. Mind contains the blueprint for your body, and a courageous mind converts that blueprint into wellness, healing and health. 

Try a thought experiment. Imagine a bear attacking you in the woods. Or a thug pulling a knife in a dark alley. Did you notice your body tighten? Maybe you sensed it as a cringe. This exemplifies a generality. Tightening blocks out unpleasant experience. 

My guess is that the bear and the thug would cause anyone to tighten initially. Fear is a natural and useful instinct. It’s what happens afterward that relates to wellness and health. Courage isn’t the absence of fear; it’s overcoming fear. 

Non-courageous responses include freezing or pretending that the situation isn’t occurring. It doesn’t work because muscles store emotions that aren’t resolved. Without release, the rigidity of fear becomes locked in the mind and muscles. And the result isn’t good.

A person with chronic fear shows it through the body. He/she is like a walking billboard. Over time, tightness become the norm. Arms become continually flexed or pulled backward. Legs seem crammed into the pelvis. Movements are jerky. Outer musculature acts like a suite of armor to reject experience. 

Courage has the opposite effect. Courage stands up to experience. Whatever your choice, something happens. Inaction and fear aren’t locked into the mind and body. There might be stories to tell later. But the body and mind are not incapacitated by rigidity. 

Relaxation, openness and flexibility come easier to a body that is not restricted by stored fears. Stress is reduced, and that’s a direct connection to health. For years, doctors have reminded us that stress is the root cause of illness. 

It gets better! Courage and relaxation promote internal exploration and feeling – the cornerstones of wellness and healing. Set up a safe space, relax, and turn on soft music; healing messages will appear. In contrast, creative insights seldom arise from a tense mind.

One aspect of courage is the willingness to look inward at uncomfortable thoughts. The fear is a possibility of hidden dark thoughts. It’s a fear that something awful might be buried deep inside. Courage is needed to overcome resistance to looking inward. Without courage, that fear could be carried for a lifetime. 

Franklin Roosevelt said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. That theme has been echoed throughout history.

Approach life courageously and be well.Your body reflects the mind. Mind contains the blueprint for your body, and a courageous mind converts that blueprint into wellness, healing and health. 

Approach life courageously and be well.


Sincerely,

Jack Menear