Healthy Holistic Living

Michelle Toole

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I think about it I have to admit that my life today is very full. But several years ago my life was quite different when I lost my health and I was unable to be productive. Back then walking back to wellness was my main priority.

Prior to my illness I was Executive Director of a non-profit organization in Prescott, AZ. I was very involved in the community and felt it important to provide support for those less fortunate who were facing challenges in their lives. Little did I know that one day I would be walking in their shoes?

I have been dealing with Multiple Sclerosis for the past 18 years which has led me to living a more holistic lifestyle. One that includes all dimensions of my being; my mind, my body, my spirit and the environment I choose to live in. I believe that by following this holistic path I have experienced profound improvements in my physical, spiritual and mental well being.

Going from my active and rewarding position in the community as well as running marathons, rock climbing, hiking canyons and kayaking to staring at a wall for 15 hours a day was a bit of a transition, one that I feel is important to share with others who might benefit from my experience.

So, you may ask, how does one get from staring at a wall to being a recovering healthy, successful individual?

Well, I have learned that opportunities for change come in all shape and sizes in life and that sometimes they may even seem more like tragedies than opportunities. A chronic illness, death or loss of a dream can often be the catalyst to help us break out of that narrow box we all create for ourselves.

Life challenges can be the one thing that shakes our world up enough to wake us up to the fact that life is truly a gift. And if we are smart and we listen carefully to the messages, it might just help guide us to our authentic self.

Following this belief, I have been able to accomplish not only improvement in my health, but financial success and spiritual fulfillment.

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