Health as Art
We often look at art as something outside of us—a painting hanging on a wall, an ornate vase, a moving photograph. If we look at art through a different lens, we can see that the first and most beautiful work of art begins with the body itself and the potential that it holds for life and health. Without even stepping into a museum or a gallery, we can wake up every morning and picture the art we want to see in our bodies and health.
What is Health as Art? First, it involves recognizing all the coordinated events that the body is designed to carry out on a daily basis. From digestion, to immunity, to muscular strength and circulation—the body creates an artful display of physiology every day that helps us get the nutrition and energy we need to do what we want. It all happens without you even having to think about it.
Next, it’s interesting to look at the connection between inner and outer health. Constant communication happens in the body to let us see outwardly the health that we’re experiencing inwardly, and vice versa. When we feel better in our health, we tend to look better too. This reflection of health is boosted when we really pay attention to the body’s signals both inside and outside.
Health is also like art in that each individual is unique. Every body is different from the next, and what it takes to uphold health and beauty for one person is different from the next. As you get to know yourself and your health better, you can find ways to reflect the most artful expression of your unique health.
Health isn’t usually described as artful, but it definitely is. Inner health is what allows each of us to bring vibrancy and health to anything we create, whether it’s related to writing, drawing, work, music, or just about any other activity. Health isn’t just an isolated event, it’s woven throughout everything that we do.
Just like any art, you want to see an honest expression of it in your health. Feeling this type of health begins with you instead of anything outside of you. It’s great to eat well, exercise, and live a healthy lifestyle but first you want to get in touch with your body’s physical and mental-emotional expression. It gives you all kinds of clues into the best ways to support a truly artful expression of your health.
This week, try and appreciate the art that your body demonstrates just by doing what it naturally does. Pay attention to it, and see what you learn about yourself—and your health as art.