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In the last two weeks we explored the art of listening to our bodies. Is there a message our physical, emotional or mental body is trying to send us?
In my experience of rebuilding my health, I have had to address many issues outside of the physical realm. I had been raised to not trust myself or anyone else, to suppress my emotions, to not speak my voice, to do what others told me to do, to be a perfectionist . . . and the list could go on and on. All of this was impacting my health. It was suppressing my authenticity and my power. Part of rebuilding my health was to reclaim my power, my voice, my intuition and my pwn trust.
If you have fibromyalgia, you are already listening to your body. You know that there are things that you cannot do, or the body erupts with pain. By learning the language of the body, you can hear the messages before the body needs to yell at you. Here are some examples of things than can be underlying physical pain and dysfunction. Do any of them resonate with you?
Sometimes our pain just needs to be felt, to be heard by you. Can you just sit with your pain, physical or emotional, and give yourself loving attention? Can you simply be present with your pain? There is a voice inside of each of us that need to be heard. So many time, we think we need someone outside of us to hear us. But sometimes, we are the only one who can give ourselves what we need. Our own loving attention.
Under the physical pain there is often emotional pain. Are you willing to feel your emotions? We are trained in our society that emotions are bad and not to be felt. Because of this we suppress our emotions and they become lodged in our body and interfere with the functioning of the body.
We are not hearing our own inner voice and wisdom. Can you hear and trust your own inner knowing? Has your own inner wisdom been drowned out by the conditioning of parents, schools, religion and society? What do you want underneath under all of the shoulds and have to’s?
Is your body trying to tell you about a change you need to make in your life? Are you allowing yourself to be mistreated in some way? Is there something you want to do but have reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t do that?
Are you abusing your body? Not listening, over working, eating the wrong diet, pushing yourself to achieve external goals? How long have you been ignoring your body and not giving it the care and loving attention that it needs? Sometimes we have become so sleep deprived that it can take months or years of needed sleep and rest to catch up.
Is there something in your diet that your body doesn’t want or like? Are there foods that your body needs? Many of us eat unhealthy foods and yet expect our bodies to function. Imaging pouring water or oil in you gas tank. How long do you think your car would function? We need to eat the foods that provide our body with the right kinds of energy and nutrients to allow the body to function properly and to rebuild and heal.
Are you or were you working in a job that is sucking the life out of you? Perhaps your body and spirit finally rebelled and said, this isn’t working. I need to be expressing my gifts in the world. I’m out of here . . . . literally.
What painful situation from your past have you pushed under the carpet and have not dealt with? Did you suffer a trauma, physically, emotionally, spiritually? Were you raised in a household by abusive parents? Did something happen that frightened you? Did your family suppress our natural expression and emotions? Our body retains cellular memories of these kinds of events. Until the cellular memory is neutralized, the negative energy will disrupt your health and your life.
What beliefs are you holding onto that no longer serve your highest good? Many of us adopted beliefs as a child from our conditioning or from the need to survive a difficult situation. We needed them at the time to fit it or to feel safe and loved. Are those beliefs still operating in your life? Are they still needed, or can they be updated to reflect who you are today . . . and who you are growing into?
Is there something that you need to say to someone that you are afraid to say? Perhaps you feel like you will hurt their feelings. Maybe you don’t trust your instincts enough to speak up for yourself. What do you withhold that needs to be said? Maybe you speak and others don’t hear you. How can you communicate in a way that gets heard and gets your needs met?
Pain in the body, can also be a result of metabolic chaos, bio-chemical imbalances or toxicity. This can be investigated by a practitioner trained in functional medicine or bionetics. Not all pain is based in metaphysical elements. In addition to exploring our psyche, we need to address underlying physical toxicity, imbalances and malfunctions.
As you practice listening to your inner voice, notice if any of these resonate with you . . . or not. Are there other things that come to mind that your inner voice would like to have heard?
Acknowledging these things doesn’t mean you need to make radical changes in your life. By acknowledging them and continuing with the inner listening process, you will receive guidance as how to proceed. Sometimes things will shift and resolve, simply by acknowledging what is true.
One of the main factors in rebuilding my health was to listen to my inner voice. I was thinking today about the many gifts I have received from having fibromyalgia. I wish I could have gotten these messages without the pain and suffering, but if this is what it took to get past my hardheadedness and ridged approach to life, so be it.
Our psyche holds many wonderful things and many difficult and painful things. To embrace both polarities is to embrace the fullness of life and brings a rewarding and fulfilling life.
May you enjoy the experience of getting to know yourself at a deeper level.
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This week, I want to share a powerful experience that I had using the introspection I offered last week.
In my search for health, early on, I spent 6 years at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health as a resident staff member. My pain was very severe when I arrived there. We did yoga each morning.
When I shared the experience of my “pain”. They suggested treating pain as a sensation. A more neutral term. It was also suggested to breathe and watch the pain rather than react to it. Also to breathe into the pain.
I was doubtful that this would do any good, but decided to give it a try. It was certainly a new concept for me.
One day, my pain was particularly strong. Even off the yoga mat, there was a persistent pain that wouldn’t go away. I decided to take a warm bath. During the bath, I allowed myself to set with the pain and breathe into it as I had been instructed.
What happened after that changed my life.
It started with a memory of my Grandfather’s death when I was about 14. I was devastated by his death and wouldn’t even get out of bed for a few days. I was heart broken. The grief was overwhelming. I continued to breath and allowed myself to fully feel the grief.
As I continued to breathe the grief passed and I felt the love that my grandfather gave me. I was so devastated because he was one of the few people that I truly felt loved by and safe with. It was a great loss.
As I continued to breathe and watch my experience unfold, I got some insights about how my grandfather’s death impacted my relationships with men. It was only a year or two after his death that I began feeling an attraction to boys/men and then dating. I realized that for most of my life I had been looking for the unconditional love that I felt from my grandfather in my relationships with men. And that I had never really found that love.
Because of my grandfather’s unconditional love for me had I unconsciously set the bar really high. But at the same time, I was so desperate for love, that I would stay in a relationship that wasn’t right for me. Always hoping for that unconditional love. It never really came.
By the time the bath was over, the pain was gone. I had released the grief over my grandfather’s death and reconnected with the unconditional love that he had given me. I also had a new perspective on relationships with men that was much more healthy for me. I knew what unconditional love felt like and knew that was what was most important in a relationship.
This was a life changing event.
My story above is just on example of the transformative power of listening to the body. It was the first for me and I was pretty blown away by the power of it. I now knew that I had stumbled upon a powerful tool for healing and transformation.
Over the last 37 years since this experience, I used this to help heal my body and resolve unresolvable issues in my life. Rather than trying to figure out from my mind how to resolve a problem, I engaged my body and released what was blocking resolution and getting insight and resolutions to the root of the issue.
I have used this to heal my relationships with my mother, father, siblings, men, co-workers and friends. All the while also resolving the pain in my body.
Here is a link to last week’s blog so you can try it.
Take some time this week to explore connecting with your body. Take 15 minutes a day to spend focused on your body. It will help you repair your relationship with your body. Your body needs to be your ally rather than your enemy. It wants to be healthy. It wants you to be happy and fulfilled. Next week, I will talk more about listening to the body and hearing your own pain.
May you and your body become friends, 💗Bindu
P.S. Although this is a powerful tool, sometimes our subconscious mind blocks our ability to feel and release the emotions. In such cases a session with a practitioner can assist with the process. I am such a person having experienced this transformation personally and professional trainings to facilitate others through this process.
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All emotions are a gift. They are a necessary part of who we are. Our life force is contained in our emotions.
Anger is a very powerful emotion. When we are angry it is a sign that our boundries have been invaded or that we are giving our power away.
Years ago, I realized that when I was angry, it was because I was giving my power away to something or someone else. As I became aware of this, I could make different choices and begin to reclaim my power.
What is the underlying source of your anger? Have your boundaries been violated? Are you giving your power away? Something else?
This week, contemplate on the source of your anger. Look at where it is coming from and ask yourself how you can reclaim your power.
May your Anger keep you safe, 💗Bindu
Last week in Please Hear My Pain Pt 1, I talked about the need to feel heard and how other people couldn’t understand our experience. This week, we are going to explore a deeper level of hearing your own pain.
The body holds an intelligence of its own, separate from your mind. When the body is in pain, it is trying to tell us something. For those of us with fibromyalgia, the body is literally screaming at us. It may have something to say that we are not hearing. This does not mean we do not support the body on a physical level. It means that we take into consideration our body’s input when making decisions about our health.
Often in the experience with fibromyalgia, we think of the body as the enemy. The body has betrayed us. What if the opposite is true? What if your body is your friend? What if your body is trying to guide you to improved health? What if your body and inner knowing is trying to guide you to discovering a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life experience?
Are you listening to your body? Can you hear what your body is trying to tell you? So often, when we feel pain, we look outside of ourselves for the solution. In today’s society, we are conditioned to do that. The doctor or alternative health practitioner is the expert on our illness. We look to them for answers. We don’t understand that if we learned to listen to our body and understand what it is telling us, that we could unravel our own pain. We don’t know that we are the expert on our own body and that our body is the expert on our health.
After a doctors appointment where I felt dismissed and misunderstood, I realized that in 15 minutes I was trying to convey how I felt. I was with my body 24/7. I was very intimate with my own body. It wasn’t possible for me to communicate the depth of my experience with anyone else or for them to understand it.
At the time, I wasn’t sure what to do with this. As I began to take more responsibility for my health and make my own decisions, I realized that I knew my body best and needed to be proactive about my health choices.
This doesn’t mean that we don’t work with doctors or alternative practitioners. It does mean that we partner with them. We can do our own research. We can tell our health practioners what works and what doesn’t. We can share with them our own insights and intuitions. Sometime, we can resolve symptoms by ourself, just by listening to our body.
The body speaks through the vehicle of sensation. We can learn to communicate with our body. By being present with the sensations/pain, we can begin to tap into the underlying wisdom of the body. The first step is to learn to be present with your body. Here are some steps that you can use:
As you remain present with the sensation, begin to explore it. Here are some questions you can ask to go deeper:
This process will begin to open the communication with your body. Sometimes tension will release just by being present with it. As you work with this, you can begin to create a healthy, loving, harmonious relationship with your body. This is a first step in reconnecting with your inner wisdom.
Take some time this week to explore connecting with your body. Take 15 minutes a day to spend focused on your body. It will help you repair your relationship with your body. Your body needs to be your ally rather than your enemy. It wants to be healthy. It wants you to be happy and fulfilled.
Next week, I will talk more about listening to the body and hearing your own pain.
May you and your body become friends, ❤Bindu
How often do you do something to please someone else when you really don’t want to?
Are you looking for someone’s approval to feel OK about yourself?
Do you let another persons mood impact your happiness?
Is it really OK to listen to your heart and do what is best for you?
Can you trust if you do what is best for you, that the other person will still be OK?
Can you do the things that give you joy, happiness, and peace of mind?