We can be well. We should be well. We are designed to be well. Let's not settle for half measures. Much of what we need to do to support this outcome is unbelievably simple.
So, this book is fundamentally about freedom. Actually, it’s about the one and only reliable freedom that is available to us. Because we cannot predict the events that life will toss into our path, the only choice that we are realistically able to exercise is how we will respond to those events - and how many of us find that we don’t seem to have much control even over that? Development of this skill - our response-ability - is a ‘work in progress’ for each individual over the course of their lifetime. Our degree of success or otherwise in this matter is determined primarily, I believe, by our proficiency in self-awareness: the level of refined attention that we are able to bring to our physical body, our emotional responses, and toward the processes that occur within our minds.
Actually... (come a little closer now, and for Heaven’s sake keep this to yourself won’t you). Just between you and me, what this book is really about is secrets and lies. It’s about the power inherent in the secrets that we keep from each other and the lies that we tell, to radically alter both the structure and the internal processes of our bodies very much for the worse. It describes how the habit of withholding ‘charged’ information, and keeping this information hidden from significant others in our lives, has the ability to seriously damage our health, and ultimately limit the potential and length of our lives, and the lives of our children, family and friends. This sounds like a big statement. It IS a big statement. It points toward a BIG problem: an issue of great importance.
This book is also about the breath. Our breathing is the most fundamental of all of the mechanical and physiological processes that occur in the body. Our breath is continuous from our first gasp to the final rattle, and is the very first mechanism to become disordered in the face of life’s difficulties. Detriment to the deep, full and continuous expression of the breath, whether it be through stress, trauma, or unconscious habit, marks the start of a long and uncomfortable spiral toward poor health and unhappiness.
I have always felt somewhat alarmed that I arrived on this planet without some sort of 'Instruction Manual for Being Human'.
Unravellling - Letting Go, Getting Well is my attempt at making good that deficit.