Passion is, in my view, the main driver of the healing process. Energetic flow is needed for healing, and nothing moves our life energy better than passion. Period. All major successes in business and sports have been driven by the passion of the players. It is, without a doubt, the one thing that separates those who have had success in healing from those who have not.
My definition of passion is: the source of energetic drive that gets us out of bed in the morning, and makes us excited in what we do. All inspiration is sourced from underlying passion, and nothing meaningful can be accomplished, if done without passion.
My passion has, for over two decades, been “wellness” in its broadest possible context. It drove me to learn all that I have learned about health and the healing process. My energetic “stagnation,” to a large extent, came from this internal struggle, which went on for many years, of not having the ability to express my passion. Having an outlet for passion has been a major element on my healing process.
My diagnosis of stage IV cancer could have put me deep into depression, but instead, it fired up my passion. My passion had found a purpose. This marriage of passion and purpose is what drives me to do all that I do in the Quest to Cure Cancer. Seek your own highest and best means of expressing your own passion. In my opinion, passion, purpose and healthy relationships are the most important elements for health.
I have often said that a person would be healthier eating nothing but packaged and processed foods and getting no exercise, if that person had passion and purpose, and healthy relationships, than a person who ate nothing but organic, local, plant-based foods and exercised daily, but lacked passion, purpose and healthy relationships. It is that powerful. Please don’t underestimate the healing power of passion, purpose and play!
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw
The final element in this pillar, “play” goes together with passion and purpose and is missing in our lives; even among youth. Our society has, for the most part, become so addicted to “doing” and “achieving” (and being on the internet) that most everyone that I know has lost the ability to do physical and social activities just for the fun of it.
The English Oxford Dictionary defines play as: “[to] engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” You learn far more when you incorporate play into creative endeavors, your imagination works better. It helps develop social skills and encourages team work.
Need more? Play:
- keeps relationships fresh and exciting
- heals resentments, disagreements and frustrations
- fosters empathy, trust and intimacy
If any of these things are missing from your life, chances are you don’t have (enough) play.