Wellness Wednesdays #3

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“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you need the most”
-Joseph Campbell

Improving ourselves in any way is difficult.  This is because improvement involves change.  Change involves letting go.  Letting go involves letting in new things.  New things might force you too look at your own biases and beliefs and trigger anger or resentment.  This has happens to us all on the every day level.  Someone asks us why we do a certain thing, say, being sarcastic towards others for no reason other than to put their beliefs down.  Being confronted with our own habits is threatening.  The ego, or small self, is completely identified with all of these little habits.  It makes us who we are.  When our habits are challenged we take that as a threat to our very being.  The same goes with the ways we eat, the political party we identify with, the are we live in, the movement we choose to do or not do, it’s all a comfy space that the ego takes residence in.

Change is painful.  We convince ourselves that staying in the same belief system or set of habits will be less painful than trying to improve on them.  We convince ourselves to stay in relationships, friendly or romantic, that simply do not serve either party anymore.  The ego views changes to any of these things as a threat to its very existence.  The truth, however, is that letting go of these habits or relationships is the only way to grow.  The only way to find our true purpose.  The only way to let others find their true purpose.  The only path to real happiness.  As Joseph Campbell said, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you need the most”.  

What is the cave you’re scared of entering into?  It might be something little, like hopping into a cold shower because of the anti-inflammatory, mitochondria boosting, fat burning, and mental clarifying benefits.  It’s going to hurt like a son of bitch.  But the benefits far outway the discomfort of standing in cold water for 2 minutes.  Thats some shiny treasure.

The caves that are truly terrifying to enter are the ones that are going to cause paradigm shifts in our life.  Moving across the country to live out a dream.  Beth and I looked into that cave and shuddered for a solid year before entering.  Making a decision to change everything in your life for a while is a dark cave.  We entered and battled the dragon inside. As a result we are better people, happier people, and more connected in our mission as a couple.  That doesn’t mean we don’t mourn and miss the habits and beautiful people we aren’t physically close to anymore.  But life is long and love between friends runs deep.

Take a hard look at the cave you’ve been waiting outside of, kicking around stones and putting off stepping foot inside.  Want to regain or improve your health for good?  Do you need to move or drastically change your environment to pursue the career of your dreams?  Is there a close relationship that is simply comfy, stagnating any possibility of further growth for both parties?    Listen to your soul.  Is the treasure inside worth it?  Only one way to find out.  There will always be more caves after this one.

-Elliot and Beth

P.S Beth and I’s story was featured on Mark’s Daily Apple.  This blog is the one that influenced me to start caring about my health, and gave me answers and guidance on how to help Beth heal after chemo.  What an honor.  Check it out here.

Elliot Steele is a Primal Health Coach based in Chelan WA.  He strives to empower those looking to regain their health after a lifetime of misinformed  practices.  This is the essence of Steele Back Your Health, to truly learn how to be healthy with sustainable habits.  Check out the coaching and blog page for more info!

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