A lot of people don’t know that chiropractors study time. It’s not the first thing that you think about when you think of chiropractic. But the subject plays a big part in the chiropractic philosophy of health. In fact the 6th Principle of Chiropractic states that, “There is no process that does not require time.”
As a chiropractor I see this in my clinical work. You see it in your daily life but the way you think about time usually has to do with an appointment, a commitment, a responsibility or something that you have to do. That’s the state of our world and often we get lost in time as it rules your mind.
There is another way to look at time and this really is the essence of true health. As you know your present moment is all that you have. The past has gone, the future is not here and all that you have is your now. So how does that apply to health care?
Time always relates to health care. You can lose your health over time or in a moment. When you injure yourself you immediately change your state of health. When forces are applied to the body and overwhelm its natural ability to respond and heal, you immediately change from health to dis-ease. An injury like this limits your full expression of health. When this happens health is lost in a moment and this can have temporary or permanent consequences on your health.
But the most common way that people lose their health is in a process. Dis-ease often occurs over time. It happens when the innate healing potential of the body is overwhelmed and destructive processes use time to degrade the health of the body.
Health either gets worse or it gets better. There really is no balance point. You either thrive and develop or you go the other way. Both processes occur over time. So the choices that you make in your present time affect your ability to regain or maintain your health. Although you can lose your health in an event or a process you can only regain and maintain it in a process. Processes always occur over time and time is only in your present moment.
So what are you doing right now to swing the forces of health in your direction? You only have this moment to do that. You have no control over your past and although you can plan for your future, any actions that you take toward these plans only happen now. When you spend your present time reflecting on your past or living in your future you lose your moment. The only thing that really has any meaning is your present time so when you step outside of now, you are losing the magic of life. Your ability to have an effect on your health is lost too.
The interesting thing about time is that your perception of it is always changing. Although the clock moves and the calendar changes pages, the way that you perceive time is always shifting. Remember when it took forever before your birthday came around and now it seems to come so quickly? Did you sit in school and watch the clock go backwards before the end of the day finally came? Have you been lost in a sunset that seemed to never end? Did time stand still when you fell in love? Have you experienced a time that passed so quickly even though you hoped it would never end? You know that although time can be measured your experience of it is always changing.
When people are young, time moves slowly. As they age it seems to speed up. When they are very old, it moves slowly again because every moment is so precious. The truth is that every moment is always a present. How you spend your time develops a process and the process of health is dependent upon the choices that you make in your present time.
Spend your time wisely and enjoy your moment. There is no process that does not require time so keep in mind that you control your health by controlling your choices right now.
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Here’s a little bit more about time. The Principle of Time