“I had every problem you can imagine”, says Milagros Arguello, a resident of the Brickell area of Miami. She had diabetes, a sleep disorder, high blood pressure, addictive behaviors, not to mention a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. On top of all that, she was unemployed and uninsured. But she’s living up to her name by experiencing a “miracle”, which is defined by health care pioneer, Mary Baker Eddy, as “…that which is divinely natural”.
Many people would just give up on life, but not Milagros, one of the most courageous women I’ve talked with. Somehow she knew in her heart that she would overcome the odds and find health and peace.
Having studied the work of Dr. Carl Simonton and Dr. Andrew Weil, leaders and pioneers of integrative medicine, she looked for a local physician, whose work integrated spiritual practices and lifestyle choices with a physical care program. She really wanted to find transformation and a path beyond drugs, surgery, to true healing, beyond her body.
On her search she found Dr. Ashwin Mehta, Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Mehta showed Milagros how to take theory into practice, how to make a dream a living reality.
Dr. Mehta believes that “every human being has the opportunity to peel away the outward layers and access their innate healing abilities.”
Milagros’ work with Mehta cured her long-standing sleep apnea. Right after that came exercise and dietary transformation. A boring and awful time for physical activity became an opportunity to focus on spiritual thinking and calming moments.
For a long time Milagros struggled with alcohol, tobacco and food addictions. But guess what! She came to realize that instead of worshiping things she could choose a divine power. Her burgeoning spiritual practices, including prayer, gave her a deeper and practical understanding of God. As part of this process she learned to forgive past hurts, all the way back to childhood. She decided to stop being a victim of her past.
Milagros took control of her own health. She proved that truly transformative healing has to go beyond the body. This brought into play her long-standing belief that humankind is actually spiritual and that brings healing. In her own words, “Feeding and healing the soul helps to heal the body.” She became aware that this kind of health care depends on one’s practice of spirituality, forgiveness and gratitude on a consistent basis.
Is it easy? Not at all. But Milagros says that now she finds hope, happiness and humor from a divine source.
A network of friends, family and supporters believe in Milagros and in her journey out of victimhood into a growing love for others.
Milagros’ experience stands out to me as a good example of a practical spirituality that takes one to a higher level of consciousness. I hope that her perseverance and changing of thought on health can inspire you as it inspires me.
This article originally appeared in El Neuvo Herald.