Health is not an Endpoint: What does it mean to be Healthy?

Health is between the places of building up/(making new) and breaking down (killing off). Because if there were too much of either we would be sick. We are fine tuned instruments. Even in illness you can find health as not everything falls to ill health at once.

Steiner mentions the following:

‘One hears it quite often said, that there is only one health, but a multitude of diseases. This statement, which many believe to be correct, cannot be upheld in the light of a genuine knowledge of the human being. Because each human is so individual, so particularly formed, that everyone, every child, already has a very specially suited health. We can therefore say that there are as many states of health and diseases as there are people. This reminds us of the necessity to continually focus on understanding the individual nature of the human.’

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 303 – Die gesunde Entwickelung des Menschenwesens -Eine Einführung in die anthroposophische Pädagogik und Didaktik – Dornach, December 28, 1921 (page 100)

One size does not fit all for health care. Humans do exihibit patterns but each illness is slightly different. Even in each particular person we are always metamorohisizing so one form of illness or transformation shows itself different each episode.
You really cannot step into the same river twice.

Exploring how each person comes to health is essential for improving our world.

A small thing is to observe yourself and how your physical has processed various illnesses and comes back to health. Look to your biography and patterns will emerge. We change when our thoughts change, when something significant happens in our lives and so on. Illness too is not a bad thing. When it comes hold on for the ride and see what it has to teach you. See what it is that you have wanted to change is working through you. It may not be easy but can bring meaning.

How wonderful and what magnificent beings we are with such ability to heal! <img class="emoji" role="img" draggable="false" src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/12.0.0-1/svg/1f31f.svg" alt="

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Julie Foster, Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon

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