I loved Lissa Rankin’s TEDx talk, The Shocking Truth about Health.
Lissa Rankin, MD is an OB/GYN physician, author, keynote speaker, consultant to health care visionaries, professional artist, and founder of the women’s health and wellness community OwningPink.com. Discouraged by the broken, patriarchal health care system, she left her medical practice in 2007 only to realize that you can quit your job, but you can’t quit your calling.
She teaches both patients and health care professionals how to make the body ripe for miracles by healing the mind and being healthy in all aspects of life, not just by promoting healthy behaviors like good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, but by encouraging health and authenticity in relationships, work, creative expression, spirituality, sexuality, finances, and living environment. She is leading a revolution to feminize how health care is received and delivered by encouraging collaboration, fostering self-healing, reconnecting health care and spirituality, empowering patients to tap into the mind’s power to heal the body, and encouraging women not to settle for being merely well, but to strive for living vital, joyful, authentic lives full of “mojo.”
I really resonated with her model of health and love that her background is a physician. Imagine a world of physicians and healers who help individuals to empower themselves to heal holistically by considering all aspects of their health (what she refers to as the “whole health cairn”):
- physical health;
- mental health;
- financial health;
- environmental health;
- sexual health;
- work / life purpose;
- healthy relationships;
- spirituality – connection with the divine;
- listening to one’s “inner pilot light” / intuition / highest Self; and
- focusing on gratitude, pleasure and love.
This is a model of whole health that I really resonate with, continue to explore in my own life, and encourage and support this exploration with my clients.