The Slippery Slope

Imagine a scene – a gently sloping hill, the hill is grassy with paths here and there. Now imagine that you are able to view that scene from a distance and what you see horrifies you – the hill leads to a hidden cliff – a drop off that is sudden and causes great harm and even death to those to inadvertently continue to walk and then fall.

You see people walking the hill and you see people falling off the cliff. Then you notice other people on the hill, people who are aware of the cliff coming up, and they are warning as many walkers as they can to turn around, be vigilant, watch ahead. Some people do turn around at various areas of the hill and their responses are different, some are frustrated about the change in direction, others are simply trusting, and some who were close to going over the edge and know the danger, are very grateful for the warning.

But there are other people who weren’t warned or who don’t heed the warning and continue their walk and do fall off the cliff. And you notice another group of people at the bottom of the cliff, people who are assisting those who have fallen and survived, helping the broken bodies to try and mend again.

What thoughts or emotions come to you when you think about this imaginary scene? Gratitude to the people helping others? Frustration for the stubbornness of the people who continue to walk even though warned? Helplessness for those who were unable to be warned and wishing there were a better warning system?

This parable offers a pictorial view of health and illness. The hill is an unhealthy habit or stress. The people warning others on the hill are those, like myself, committed to proactive health and wellness: warning people of the early signs and symptoms and the danger lurking ahead if a person doesn’t change course. The people assisting at the bottom of the hill are those in the traditional medical system, reacting to the need of people whose habits and stress have caused their body to fall into illness – cancer, diabetes, addiction, autoimmune problems, heart disease (and many others).

Be proactive and notice the signs, tension or overwhelm in your body. The holiday season can cause additional stress on an already stressed system. Take time out to change course and schedule an oasis of relaxation for yourself this year and take advantage of 25% off an AromaTouch session. Code AAT25Off expires December 31, 2013.


How is your refrigerator?

“It’s fine, I mean it has some spills that need cleaning and maybe some cold spots but otherwise it’s fine.”

Good. So it’s Ok if we move it a little and look into the areas we don’t normally look at, just to make sure it keeps working good for you?

(A bit more hesitant) “I guess so.”

Moving the refrigerator and looking at the back of it, you find dust filling the coils, which reduces efficiency and shortens the refrigerator’s lifespan. Under the refrigerator is a build up of “gunk” that is an ideal breeding ground for bugs, fungus, bacteria, and viruses.

There are a couple of ways people respond …
Person 1 – Reactive, blame, avoidance:  “Yuck, why did you even suggest to move it, put it back, it’s fine.”
Person 2 – Proactive awareness, problem solving: “Whoa, I had no idea, let’s clean this up so my refrigerator will keep working fine.”


Obviously, the refrigerator is a metaphor for your body. Are you more like person 1 or person 2?

This message is an encouragement to have an attitude that is proactive and problem solving, to bravely look into the “corners” of your own self.

Having concern for yourself, cultivating awareness and having the willingness to clean up hidden stresses which have built up in your body will allow you to “run efficiently now and in the long run!”