The Gulf and Our Body

I am finding myself fatigued reading so much about the oil spill that is devastating the Gulf. I am angry with BP for letting it happen. I am angry with our government for not being able to insist that BP fix what they did. I am saddened, knowing that no matter what the government does they will never actually fix the problem, but only work to clean it up as best they can.

I think about the reasons for this. We needed more oil. We wanted it cheaply. We wanted to live a life that we remembered living years ago and refused to change.

It is much like the reasons we keep doing things in our lives. Long after our knees or hips act up, we continue with the activities we loved, trying to continue them in spite of injury or illness. We work long hours, even when our bodies scream for rest because we don’t want to change. Changing becomes too scary so we keep on, no matter the discomfort. At some point, like the spill in the Gulf, disaster strikes.

It might be an accident or a diagnosis of serious illness. It comes in our face and we realize that there is no cleaning this up. We have to work hard to get our body back to some semblance of what it was before, but it will never be exactly the same. We can’t hide the problems under dispersants hoping no one will notice how bad it is. This only hurts us worse. We have to face the enormity of the issue inside ourselves. Only then and finding ways to make changes can we start to heal.

How we act towards the environment is reflected in how we act towards ourselves. We expect every bit as much of our body as we do of the land. As we see the Gulf Oil Spill, we must look for solutions in the real world to avoid ever having this problem again. Further, we must rethink the way we see our body and the world. We must consider that the same attitudes that brought us to this. We must start looking at our body as an unlimited resource to be mined. It must be looked at as something precious.

Continuing on the same course no matter what the cost is impacting our environment in a big way. How much bigger is the impact when we personally ignore the need to change and push our body in the same way?

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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