What Does “Holistic” Mean?

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Last week, we talked about what a Grotto is, and even how you can find your own sacred space or grotto. This week, I want to talk about what does holistic mean, to me, and maybe even to you? 

I hope you were able to maybe get out and start that part of your journey. If not, that’s okay. Life happens, but I definitely encourage you to get out and do that. This week, I want to talk about what the word “holistic” means. I also want to talk about what it means, for me, and what it can mean for you. 

My Personal Experience:

I am a practitioner of many different holistic modalities. Among them is Reiki, and meditation. I’m working on becoming a registered herbalist. I’ve devoted my life to studying the holistic arts, and love to increase my knowledge. I want to share it with people just like you! I’ve been practicing Reiki for over 15 years, I’ve been practicing meditation off and on for about 10 years. About 15 years of herbalism. I started REALLY learning herbalism and taking classes a couple of years ago. To say I am still learning is an understatement. Now that you know a bit more about me and where I come from, let’s get back to this week’s topic!

A Few Meanings of “Holistic”

The meaning of holistic is not difficult to pin down. I found two definitions that I think to sum it up well. One of these is in the realm of medicine, and that means that you treat not just the underlying issue that presents, but also the body, mind, and even social issues that can come with a malady, not just the malady itself. That is because, with this approach, you are looking at the whole picture. 

For a non-medical definition, I found that it stated that it’s characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.

Both of these are great definitions, but for those of us who are looking at it from the lens of say, spiritual wellness, I believe that holistic is also about combining different modalities of spiritual wellness, as well as mental wellness together to hopefully lessen the physical, mental, and spiritual issues for you. 

Summing It Up

All that to say that I view holistic as a full approach to spiritual wellness. That’s why I believe so much in meditation, mindfulness, and self-care. Each of these modalities can be used, in a whole-person approach. What I would love for you, as my listeners, is to be able to find the modalities that work for you, and be able to use them. As we walk through each episode, I will walk you through different things, in the hope that it will help bring you that peace, and holism that I am also still searching for.

So, until next week, I want to encourage you to see if you can start to make changes in your life that focus on looking at each situation with a holistic approach. 

I also have a podcast called “The Holistic Grotto Podcast” which is what actually inspired this blog. You can find it on any of the major podcast platforms such as Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music, and even Audible! Take a listen! Much of the first bits of content will come from there! Also, here is a refresher from the last entry on Finding Your Holistic Grotto!

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