When did we give up our power?

Mental illness, anxiety, trauma, disappointments, struggles, and all that life has to offer have occurred since the beginning of time.  As a result, we search for ways to avoid our pain.  After all, suffering is bad and must be destroyed!  In this quest, science now offers relief from our distress...a chance to step out of our anxieties, even if for just a few hours, and help us cope.  And we are grateful for all the advances science has to offer because now, we no longer suffer.  But...are we really better off?

Most of us have heard the story of "The Struggle of the Butterfly."  It is a story about a man who, in an attempt to help a butterfly free itself from its cocoon, actually renders the butterfly lame.  Despite his good intentions, his actions keep this butterfly from reaching its true purpose and potential.  In the end, it would never fly!

As I ponder where we are in society and how we handle difficulties, I often think of this story.  We are butterflies.  We struggle against addiction, anxiety, or stress, and with them, we tend to resist our battles.  We fight them, and in a child-like manner, we even hate them and will do anything to avoid them.  All the while, researchers race for cures and search for answers.

Now, this is not an attack on research and in no way means I'm against medicine or progress.  In fact, medical advances have done wonderful and amazing things in our lives.  But I do challenge how much progress we have really made with advancement.  Dr. George Simon shares his own thoughts on our need for a quick fix.  Drugwatch.com also shares a great deal of important information about the alarming side effects of medicines.  In fact, some medicines are now known to cause the very thing they were supposed to help!  Even worse, prescription medications are the "second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs!"

What we fail to realize is, much like the weather, medicine is more of an art than a science.  Although we have research and a better understanding of human nature, it remains very individual.  What works for one person may not work for another.  It is basically a guessing game!  Yet we rely so heavily on the belief that drugs solve problems.  All the while, we live highly stressful, unhealthy lives and wonder why we suffer.  Dr. Christiane Northrup once said there is no drug in the world that can do what a healthy diet and exercise can do for the body!

Bottom line...it is about balance.  When we suffer, yes, sometimes we need medication, but truthfully, many times we do not.  Unfortunately, in order to avoid the pain, we rarely take the time to figure that out.  Here is where we face our challenge.  Rather than fight the pain, embrace it.  Recognize the beauty of suffering for what it is...a chance to become stronger, more capable individuals, as we are empowered to face our dilemmas head on.  In that suffering, we develop character, self-esteem, and confidence because we come to learn that we are much stronger than we realize!!

Take back your power and learn to fly.

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