Health is an end result, healing is a process.
Health is, according to the World Health Organisation (1948), a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. It’s quite an ideal to live up to!!
Healing is a process of repair, regeneration and restoration back towards homeostasis. The word itself has a literal meaning – to make whole.
But you don’t need to heal in order to be healthy.
You can have all sorts of healthy habits, but this doesn’t determine if you will heal.
Someone who considers themselves healthy already and wants to explore more ways of health – doesn’t focus on the need to heal. They may experience healing, but from a different point of view – one of innocence and exploration, rather than survival.
And it’s this survival mechanism that leads people astray.
Desperation, needing to fix, wanting to be free from chains that bind them.
None of these behaviours or attitudes lead to a conducive healing environment.
Presence, willingness, commitment to do what it takes – these are what’s really going to make a difference.