By Dr. Adonis Makris, Registered Chiropractor
Human beings are built to be self-healing. It’s a survival mechanism within our biology that keeps us healthy. The trouble is, modern society obscures our understanding of how to heal ourselves. We have lost our ancient knowing that we are our own doctors and teachers. If we look at human life – how we’ve evolved and what is needed to be in a healthy state – we can see four concepts that exemplify and express the essentials of a human life. These concepts are the four teachers that live within each of us: Quiet, Diet, Happiness, and Movement. Being in harmony with the ideas expressed by the four teachers brings us a sense of peace, joy, and inner purpose in life. It’s a feeling best described by the word “love”. When we love life and live it fully, we express alignment of body, mind, and soul. But it takes practice to achieve this level of harmonic alignment. Or rather, “practices”: meditation, yoga, eating healthy, accepting yourself, working with purpose, choosing joy. Part of my own practice is to experience the rewards of guiding people to greater awareness of the four teachers. I enjoy helping my patients create their own relationships with these teachers and remember the fundamentals of self-healing. When we master the lessons of the four teachers, we remember our power to heal ourselves. I teach health and wellness because in truly loving and living my life, I’m able to create an environment where clients naturally gravitate toward finding harmony and living their human legacy.
Self-healing and Teacher Quiet
Quiet is rest, and total rest is sleep. Sleep is essential for our repair and renewal, mentally and physically. The vast majority of us need at least eight hours of sleep per night, yet most people living the modern urban lifestyle are sleep deprived. We need to integrate the lessons of Teacher Quiet to avoid become progressively more burned out. We need to sleep better. Sleep is governed by our circadian rhythms, or biological clock. It’s influenced by our genes and hormone balance, as well as factors such light exposure, physical activity, and food intake. You can achieve a better regenerative sleep if you follow these practices:
- Have complete darkness in your bedroom when you sleep (no blinking lights from electronics; no outside light streaming in through the window)
- Do not eat a heavy meal within three hours of going to bed
- Take a good magnesium supplement to support the calming of your brain and nerves
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and other stimulants in the evening
- Limit exposure to TV, computer, tablet or cell phone screens in the evening; put devices away an hour before bedtime
Self-healing and Teacher Happiness
Most people are on a quest to find happiness but many of us don’t know where to look. We expect to find it in money, a nice house, a good job but often when we have those “important things in life”, we’re still not happy. What I’ve found in my practice is that most people have a misconception about happiness – that it’s not allowed. There are too many other priorities in life. Happiness takes a back seat. Teacher Happiness tells us there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. Life, with all its obstacles, problems, and unfinished business, is meant to be lived in happiness. I motivate my patients to reflect on four questions and to find their own answers:
- What is happiness for me?
- How can I achieve happiness?
- Who are the people in my life that can help me find happiness?
- Am I happy ?
Self-healing and Teacher Diet
Most of us have heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” Unfortunately, most of us have also succumbed to the modern diet, where food is typically fast, fried, dyed, preserved with chemicals, or processed through industrial farming practices. Yet I am a firm believer that food is medicine and when we know the lessons of Teacher Diet we can heal ourselves with intelligent eating. The basics of intelligent eating are simple:
- Consume whole food – fruit, vegetables, grains, eggs, meat – and avoid processed, packaged “food products”
- Eat organic, locally sourced meat and produce as much as possible
- Limit portion sizes – it’s healthier to feel a bit hungry after a meal, rather than stuffed
- Eat fats that are good for you (olive and coconut oil; nuts, avocados, organic animal fats); avoid processed fats such as canola, soy, refined olive oil, and trans-fats
- Get most of your carbohydrate intake from vegetables; avoid consuming too much grain (especially wheat, which is difficult to digest properly due to genetic modification)
For a more thorough eating program tailored to your specific needs, find a qualified health practitioner or nutritionist.
Self-healing and Teacher Movement
Imagine being bedridden for days, due to illness or injury. When you finally feel well enough to get out of bed, you’ll feel aches and pains from being stationary for a long period of time. The body is meant to be in motion. From an evolutionary point of view, our bodies have developed numerous ways to remind us of the importance of Teacher Movement. Exercise releases happy hormones like endorphins; the strong anabolic state of increased lean muscle mass makes us feel more energized, stronger, and healthier; a balanced hormonal system is more efficient. Plus the beauty of feeling good about yourself .
About Dr. Adonis Makris
Dr. Adonis Makris is a licensed chiropractor based in downtown Toronto, where he treats clients at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic and in private practice. He also writes about the treatment methods he uses to help people heal on different levels, from physical to energetic. Adonis graduated from University of Victoria in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. In 1998, he earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Since then he has studied a mix of modern and ancient healing arts that influence his practice. Read more about Dr. Adonis Makris at http://orthophysio.com/our-team/chiropractic-3/ The advice in this article is not meant to replace advice from your health care professional.