Weekend Retreat: Unconditional Healing: Finding Well-being Through Adversity. Held at The Interdependence Project, 28 W.27th St. NYC, on June 24-25.
What is Unconditional Health?
Unconditional Health takes the view that:
- Genuine health and well-being is unconditional and inherent to human beings, no matter what circumstances befall us.
- Health is not simply the absence of disease, nor is it only about curing any particular disease that befalls us. Real health also includes mental, emotional and spiritual well-being as well.
- Our physical health is but a small piece of the puzzle of who we are - illness does not define us.
Unconditional health is marked by a sense of feeling grounded, a synchronized balance of body and mind, and a deep sense of worthiness as a human being. These are all elements that can serve as a source of aspiration and achievement, even in the face of serious illness.
What is Unconditional Healing?
Unconditional Healing is the practice of using illness (or other type of significant adversity) as a means to discover who we truly are. Unconditional Healing views illness as an opportunity rather than a calamity, because illness brings a sense of urgency and focus to our lives, and helps us discriminate the essential from the superficial. Every human being is subject to becoming ill and to experiencing painful situations. When we deny that, when we act as if becoming ill is a mistake, we immediately make a bad situation worse, increase our own suffering, and make healing more difficult. We needn’t lose heart when illness or loss visits us, but we can use it to take stock of our life and as the impetus to ask fundamental questions about what it means to be a human being.
Throughout this exploration, fueled by our courage and curiosity, and supported by mindfulness and other healing practices, we may discover aspects of our being that have been covered over or ignored. If we are willing to look closely at ourselves at these times of feeling most vulnerable and open, we may find that our inherent compassion, wisdom and goodness awaken and deepen in the midst of our predicament. In other words, our illness can serve as a doorway into who we truly are, and an entirely different way of viewing ourselves and the world. This is the path of healing and illness that we will explore together on this site.