The Little Things

Hello everyone! Hannah here. I hope your holiday week has been full of blessings!

Today I’m sitting in the cafe at IKEA, my favorite store ever.

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The past few days have been a little lonely for me, as my husband is away for a few days and most of my friends are occupied for the holidays.

My oldest friend, ever the solution-finder, suggested a whole list of things too do. One was taking myself out to the movies. I don’t know if I’m ready for that step in my relationship with myself quite yet, but I think taking myself out to IKEA is a step in the right direction. 😉

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(Especially if the food looks like this…)

These past few months the Lord has been impressing on my heart to enjoy the little things, to take comfort in the most mundanely beautiful parts of life. It’s actually quite easy to do, once you start. A cup of coffee, a wooded hill, some moss in between rocks on the ground, the chatter of people in a store, are all tiny gifts that make life rich with joy if we stop to recognize them.

This mindset goes along with that of holistic health. When you consider all parts of something (your body, life, etc.), and realize that what harms one part will harm the whole, but what nourishes one part nourishes the whole, you become a lot more mindful and healthy as a person. Finding joy in the little things creates a subtle mindset of contentment even when the big things go awry. That’s something I definitely need! And that’s why I love IKEA. There are lots of little things. And they’re cheap :).

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So find the little gifts in your life today, the little things God created for you to bring a smile to your face, for no logical reason at all. And don’t forget to stay posted this week as on Friday we open our online store!! We will be starting out with our customer favorites and growing as time goes by.

Thank you for visiting us today!

 

What is Holistic Health?

On this blog we talk a lot (and will talk a lot) about “holistic health.” But what does that mean?

What is Holistic

By definition, holistic means “relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts” (merriam-webster.com).

Whereas mainstream medicine treats individual health issues as they pop up (say a cold), holistic medicine is concerned with caring for the entire body as well as the mind.

This is why aromatherapy is considered holistic – when I am consulting with someone who’d like an essential oil blend, I don’t just dump in a bunch of oils that are good for the common cold. I probe deeper. I ask the person if they have any allergies, if they’ve been going through a stressful time, or how their mood has been. All these and other factors affect how I treat what seems to be the simplest of problems – a cold.

This might sound exhaustive or even a little unnecessary, but think about it. Our bodies are a collection of systems working together to keep us alive and well. The respiratory system is not independent of the cardiac system, nor is the muscular system independent of the nervous system. They all work together and rely on each other.

It follows, then, that a health issue affecting one will affect the other. If the immune system is struggling, the entire body will respond in order to fill in the deficiency. This is why I believe a holistic approach is so important: a cold does not just affect your nose or your throat. The rest of the body doesn’t just let your nose fall of and say “well the rest of us are fine!” Your entire immune system is weakened, your mood is affected, and it’s harder to carry out everyday tasks as usual. Cutting off your nose would not make this better!

So I hope this helps clear up any misconceptions you may have about holistic health, or at least clarifies for you what it even is. Holistic medicine is a bit of a fad right now, and as such it is easy to think that this or that is what holistic health means. But really the concept is simple. How you practice it and how it plays out in your individual life will look different to different people.

And honestly, that’s the spirit of holistic health: everyone’s different, with different bodies and health needs and reactions. Medicine should help each individual body and mind the way that they specifically need it. If you believe that, then congratulations! You’re thinking holistically.

What comes to mind when you think of holistic health?

Does this post clear up any misconceptions, answer any questions, or spark more?

Let me know in the comments below!