What does holistic really mean?
Holistic goes beyond just integrative modalities of “western medicine” vs. “eastern medicine”. Holistic as the word is pronounced, whole; who we are as whole beings; mind, body, soul and emotions.
When it comes to healing from trauma for example, trauma affects; the mind, body, soul and emotions. Experiences of trauma can have triggers of negative thoughts and emotions. As the brain tries to process both the thought and emotion, it creates chemical imbalances in body. This ripple effect now created a hamster wheel of torment.
How we interpret an experience determines our mood and emotions, because our brains ‘tag’ those experiences that associate it with the emotions we choose to feel. Imagine going to an amusement park with a friend. Both of you are getting ready to ride a roller coaster; you are feeling excited and thrilled while your friend is terrified and afraid. If the vitals of your bodies were both measured at this moment it would probably reflect the same readings; sweating, increased heart rate, etc… So why are two people experiencing a different outcome on the same ride? Simple, one person’s perception (thought tag) of a roller coaster is “fun” versus the other person’s thought tag being “fear”. The thought tags link back to how the body interprets the emotion it’s feeling.
You can interrupt this ripple effect holistically. Self-check your thoughts, how have you associated an experience to an emotion, pay attention to how your body is reacting, and let your soul speak to you to reveal the truth.
April Joy Ford
Emotional Trauma Expert, Author, and Speaker