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As we quickly approach Christmas, I think it’s a good idea to remember the true meaning of the season.  We hear it all the time in Christian circles… “Jesus is the reason for the season”, but what do we actually do to keep our mind, body and spirit focused on what they were originally designed to be focused on? If Jesus being born into this world is the true gift that we’ve been given and celebrate on December 25 each year, what was he given to us for? Of course, He was the sacrifice that was given for eternal salvation, the redemption of man, and for the forgiveness of sins forevermore, but it doesn’t just stop there. In John 10:10 (ESV), Jesus said “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” 

What does it mean to have abundant life? While we are all originals and designed on purpose with a specific purpose unique to us, it typically boils down to a few common things. When you ask people what it means to have abundant life, they will typically say something like, “peace, health and happiness!” Nobody says, “lots of presents!” Or “more Facebook friends and followers on Instagram”. No one, at the end of their life, says that they wish they had more money or things, but they wish for more healthy days to spend with family and friends and a chance to make things right those where relationships have gone wrong so that there can be peace in their hearts.

I like to redirect my patients to the four basic pillars of health, as they are always the foundation of a truly abundant life.

The Chemical pillar is comprised of every substance that goes into our bodies: from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the supplements we take, to the chemicals we’re exposed to in the world around us.

The Physical pillar encompasses the alignment of our body’s frame (Spinal and all other joints), exercise, stretching and the rest and sleep we get each day.

The Mental pillar encompasses all of the things that have to do with your mind, your relationships, your perception, your attitude, how & what you think about, and the stress that you deal with.

The Spiritual pillar encompasses all of the matters of faith, your belief in God and the part of you that will live on forever.  

It’s the BALANCE of those 4 pillars that is really critical to attain. 

This Christmas season, let’s not let all of the distractions and hustle and bustle derail us from keeping our lives in balance and what will bring us true joy and abundant life...The kind of life that Jesus came into this world to give us.  To do that, make sure you are not using the season as an excuse to stop exercising, or to eat every baked good that comes your way, or to buy into hurrying around and getting stressed out with all that “needs” to be done.

In the end, spending relaxed, quality time and making memories with your family and friends is more important than having the Clark Griswold Christmas light display in your yard, eating everything in sight, and staying up late every night to do things that will ultimately throw your health and life out of balance. Sure, enjoy a few holiday treats, but getting sick will ruin anyone’s enjoyment of the season. Stay in balance and focused on what Jesus came for and your Christmas will indeed be merry, healthy and bright!

Go to www.DrMarkShannan.com for more info. or to get a copy of The Original Design for Health.  God bless!