Holistic Health is a way of viewing the wellness of the whole person, taking into account spiritual, mental and social factors, rather than just physical observations or functions. The approach that a person needs to have a noticeable illness or disease in order to seek help may miss possible preventative work that can prevent likely dis-ease. A classic example is the current pandemic of Diabetes, which in most cases could be prevented by a change to healthy food, rather than waiting for the outcomes of heart disease, loss of eyesight, mobility etc.
There is a link between our physical health and our more general ‘well-being’. In the holistic approach, there is an underlying belief that our well-being relies not just on what is going on in our body physically in terms of illness or disease, but also on the close inter-relation of this with our psychological, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental state. These different
states can be equally important. They should be managed together so that a person is
treated as a whole.
Holism is to approach the aspects of a person as intimately interconnected and only really ‘whole’ when understood by considering the bigger picture, the whole human.
Holistic spirituality is about overcoming the dualistic mentality that has been a basis of Western thinking: the notion of opposing forces at war. Dualism treats a person as opposing elements, such as flesh vs. spirit,; good vs. evil; dark vs. light; etc. In holistic spiritual practice, which has been a consistent Eastern approach, devotees work instead toward cultivating a sense of the oneness of all things. When holism is applied to a human, the helicopter view of overall health provides a more balanced perspective.
After all, what is the benefit of curing minor disease of the body for a person who has no desire for life? Should the priority in this case be on what is behind the overall health of the person, working on why their spirit is so diminished?Full Glossary Index