Emma Storris

Many parts make up a whole: looking at life in a holistic manner

On this website you will find a holistic way of looking at life in general and humans in particular. But what is holistic? Webster defines it as following: holistic: relating to holism; holism: a theory that the universe and especially living nature is correctly seen in terms of interacting wholes (as of living organisms) that are more than the mere sum of elementary particles . So when you translate that to coaching, it basically means that you coach every aspect of the human being in order to improve their sense of well-being. It’s not just physical health, not just mental health, not just finding your proper place in the world. Not just arms, legs, organs, brains, surroundings. It’s all of that together.

Holism isn’t about spirituality

The other day I read in a Facebook group about herbs a comment by one of the members that she missed a real holistic outlook in the group. She felt that, rather than really viewing health at all angles, the group tended to look at matters mostly from a metaphysical point of view. Whereas regular medicine tends to only look at the physical part of a disease, in the group she only saw the mental aspect being addressed. And that, so she said, is not holistic. I must say, she had a point. In that particular group people had the tendency to look for spiritual causes for every physical disease. And no, that is not what holistic is about.

Holistic seems to have become a synonym for alternative, not mainstream, these days. This doesn’t just happen with people who consider themselves mainstream, but also with those who would say they are of an alternative life philosophy. But adding the metaphysical to the equation and focusing on that doesn’t make it holistic. Holistic is even more than just looking at a human in all its aspects. It is also taking that human’s interaction with the world around him or her into account. That is exactly why in this blog you will find so many subjects that at first sight don’t have anything to do with being a happy human. Except that it does. In the end there is no way a person can be happy while the world is less than doing well.

The earth can do without us, but we cannot do without earth

There is not a person in this world who would argue that a brain would have a full life without a body. Yet we often do not seem to realise that without the world around us we wouldn’t have an awful lot to live on either. We treat the world around us as a commodity that is endless and does not need any caring for. In fact, many people do the same to their bodies. They treat themselves as if they are brains on sticks that don’t actually need a healthy body to thrive. As silly as this may sound, when you get to think about it and look around you and see all the crap we do to ourselves and the world around us, you must admit I have a point. We have separated ourselves from the rest of the world and from our true selves by losing track of what life is all about. The more wealth we gather the less happy we are and the more restless we become in looking for whatever will make us whole again. But we will keep feeling the gap as long as we keep creating (and enlarging) the gap between us and what life is really all about. That is what makes us unhappy and unhealthy.

We are undeniably part of a larger whole

And it is exactly why I put a lot of effort into these blogs. Creating awareness is one of my main goals. Every person that I have reached through these blogs and who retrieves a healthier outlook on the whole of life is so much more than just an individual gained.

Spread the word: we are part of a larger whole. When we lost that connection and started viewing ourselves as apart and above the rest of nature we lost the world. Without that larger whole there is no us, without us there is no larger whole. We are interdependent and not above it all. When we reconnect to the larger whole around us, we will feel that interconnectedness again and can finally stop looking to fill the gap in our sense of well-being. When all is whole again there will be no gap.

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