Six years ago, I was coming out of a very hard season that forced me to be honest about how I was treating my body and why I was practicing a different belief system physically than I was spiritually. As I have pursued health and wholeness, I have naturally been reconnected internally and externally to the relationship that I have with myself, others and the world.
Consequently, health has become a transformative practice of choice, care, compassion and concern for creature and creation. In this process, I have been led to men like Wendell Berry who are amazing witnesses and reminders to the design and connection of all things.
“Connection is health. And what our society does its best to disguise from us is how ordinary, how commonly attainable, health is. We lose our health – and create profitable diseases and dependences – by failing to see the direct connections between living and eating, eating and working, working and loving. In gardening, for instance, one works with the body to feed the body. The work, if it is knowledgeable, makes for excellent food. And it makes one hungry. The work thus makes eating both nourishing and joyful, not consumptive, and keeps the eater from getting fat and weak. This is health, wholeness, a source of delight. (pg.132, The Body and the Earth)
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays