Photo courtesy of Oregon State University under a Creative Commons License.

Photo courtesy of Oregon State University under a Creative Commons License.

It’s a fact of life that we’re always going to be facing parasites, no matter whether they’re physical, mental or emotional.

Whatever parasites you encounter, don’t be upset! At their heart, all parasitic infections are opportunities to become healthier and happier than you are right now.

Parasites are like weights in the gym. Just like weights, the resistance they provide is an offering for your personal, professional and spiritual growth. In essence, they offer you opportunities to learn to say “no.”

As I’ve said before, it’s only when you can say “no” to the parasites that your “yes” acquires any value whatsoever. It’s only when you can lift a given weight that you can get strong enough to lift an even heavier weight.

And, yes, those parasites can become incredibly burdensome — especially when the parasite is a person in your life. Just remember that this is part of your personal evolution and there are many ways parasites can contribute to this process. Here are just a few.

Awareness

Any parasitic infection — whether physical, mental or emotional — leads to increased self-awareness. As your body begins to tire and starts to hurt, or as you become frustrated, irritable and unfocused, you become progressively more aware of how you manage yourself and your relationships.

You learn which foods help or make you feel worse. You learn to be aware of your relationships with others and how they contribute to your dreams. You learn about the importance of rest, movement and devoting your energies to things that really matter.

Responsibility

The best person to take care of your parasites is you. Your doctor’s ability to help you is as limited as his or her time for you, and the average physician spends six minutes with each patient!

Worse, having worked in the health industry for half of my life, I can assure you that many medical clinics simply baby-sit people with electrical gadgets, ice cubes and nearly useless exercise machines.

That means you have a choice: Take responsibility for yourself or give up. It’s all up to you!

Motivation

How does your relationship with parasites motivate you when…

  • It’s impossible to have a daily bowel movement?
  • You can’t walk without pain?
  • You can’t enjoy your favorite hobby?
  • You can’t play with your kids or grandkids?

When you find it impossible to pursue the interests that make life worth living, you will have to get motivated to take care of yourself. No one else can do that for you!

You must learn to take an interest in yourself and get moving toward someone who not only talks about good health, but also has it to share with you!

Direction

If you can remember a time in your life when you were healthy, call that your North Star. If you’ve managed to create pain and disease, you simply reverse the formula and health is within sight.

If you need help, find people who follow good health practices because they obviously have a health compass that works!

Self-realization

The process of unwinding a parasitic infection provides a great education! There is nothing more important to learn than how to honor, respect and maintain life and the very process of regaining your health will teach you just that.

You will see that nature’s way is the real way far more often than not.

Leadership

Each step of the way on your journey to becoming parasite-free, not only are you becoming healthier but more authentic! To the degree that you become aware, take responsibility, get motivated, find direction and realize yourself, you are a leader of your own life!

All of these benefits are a consequence of becoming well and aligning your life with healthy, living practices. They are consequences that you can use to steer yourself in the right direction.

The beauty of your parasites: They will always point you to the right resources whenever you are ready to face what is no longer working for you.

So don’t get frustrated or angry when you have a parasitic infection. Listen to the lessons they offer you and you’ll come out better for it in the end!

Love and chi,

Paul