I’m writing this the day after hearing the sad news of Jess Aincough’s passing at the age of 30. For those who don’t know Jess, she became “The Wellness Warrior” to her many thousands of social media followers. Through her media profile, Jess became a well known celebrity natural health advocate as she went through her very public battle to heal herself from cancer, using only natural therapy.
I won’t say that Jess lost her battle, because to do so, in some way reduces life to a win-lose game. Life as we all know, has far deeper meaning to it than that.
You might ask, why I chose my title “3 Things to Remember When Someone Healthy Dies”, when I mention Jess who (as it turned out) had terminal cancer. To me, health is far more than simply a physical quality. In essence I believe it’s ultimately a measure of the amount of love we give to others.
We are attracted most to those who give the most love. Through them we are inspired, as we see strength, vibrancy and hope – all of which radiate as “health”. It makes it all the harder then to come to terms with their loss, as it often shakes our foundations and makes us question the point of it all.
In trying to come to terms with it myself, I’m compiling here a list of 3 things worth remembering at this time.
1. Don’t Listen to Those Who Think they Know Better
When we lose someone like Jess, it doesn’t take long for those “in the know”, along with an army of “keyboard warriors” to come out and point out that “if only” they had followed “conventional medical treatment” then they would probably have survived.
Truth is, times like this do make us question our faith in the natural path and it can make us fearful to have it questioned. It is worth remembering though that people die everyday despite the very best of conventional medical treatment. It’s tempting to throw that fact back in the face of those who try to pull down the naturopathic path, but to so only makes you guilty of communicating out of the same fear-based thinking.
There is no right or wrong path, and ones choice of treatment has nothing to do with you or me.
2. Remember the Message that Death has for You
It is going to happen to you too, the only uncertainty is it’s time and place.
Andreas Moritz was another well known natural health writer, prominent in media who was taken prematurely. He died a couple of years ago at the age of 58. He wrote a number of incredible books and articles on natural health and spirituality that inspired millions of people around the world. When he died, I was greatly saddened because his life had been such a triumph of overcoming overwhelming health adversity through realigning himself with nature. I was crushed by his sudden loss because considering how far he had come, I didn’t think of the possibility that his life could yet be cut short.
There was however a book of Andreas Moritz’s on my bookshelf, “Lifting the Veil of Duality” that I hadn’t gotten around to reading yet. When I read it after his passing, it turned out that Andreas had a parting message for me – his most important ever.
“Death is the greatest teacher of all. As long as we fear death and don’t know it for what it really is, we cannot truly live, and parts of us keep dying as life goes on. But every death is a blessing in disguise, for it brings us a little closer to immortality, our own immortality”.
3. Honor their Legacy by Continuing their Work
Each of us has a body, mind and Spirit. It’s only the first two that die, the Spirit is eternal. The Spirit is that’s part of you and me which allows those that we love, to live on forever in our memories and hearts. I believe that spirit is listening and waiting for you to take the best of them, and honor it by continuing to take it out into the world where its truth needs to be heard. They passed the baton on to you..
. . . That wellness isn’t a destination, but an ongoing relationship with your own body.
A loving relationship, built on kindness & respect.
. . . That dis-ease is often your body’s last-ditch attempt to get your attention — and demand some TLC.
. . . That starting to eat, move & live differently requires massive forgiveness and mental resilience.
. . . That life is supposed to be simple, easy & chock-full of miracles. We’re the ones who complicate things. And we’re the ones who can choose to change.”
The Floor Is Now Yours
I’m never entirely correct with what I write, your truth is different to mine, if you have a different point of view, or would like to share your own experiences, I’d love to hear them.
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Aaron Travers is author and creator of “ The Boda Cleanse”– a three step plan to lower inflammation, maximise fat burning and restore vitality.” Aaron writes at www.thebodacleanse.com.au giving tips and personal insights on how to bring more health promoting simplicity into our lives .
Sources & Suggested Further Reading
Moritz, Andreas. Lifting the Veil of Duality