We often think we are dealing with things that are going on in our lives okay, but then find that our body is speaking the truth of our mind and expressing how it truly feels through illness. Disease is exactly that… Dis-Ease of our body and mind.
When you aren’t feeling well, no matter the ailment, take some time out to give thought to what is going on in your life. It may just be muscular or even a broken bone, but 9 times out of 10, your body is trying to tell you something. It’s logical that specific organs are affected by specific events. Emotional events affect the “water works”; communication issues affect the lungs and throat; an issue with the ears – there’s something you either don’t want to hear or someone isn’t listening to you; shoulder pain, you are carrying "the weight of the world".
You may wonder how muscular strains or broken bones can be linked to your mind? When you think about it though, it makes sense that if you sprain, twist or break your ankle, it literally stops you in your tracks. If you’ve been literally running around with no time to press the pause button or take time out for yourself, you’re literally heading for a fall and the body is going to take over. You may think it’s just a co-incidence when it does…
As I mentioned in my first blog, awareness of how your energy is being affected by different factors is key. At the time, I referred to the energy of the moon and to take this yet another step further, awareness of what is also happening in your life is a key factor to achieving a healthier balance.
It doesn't necessarily have to be a crisis that throws your energy off balance. A normal day can be filled to the brim with unrealistic deadlines and there just aren’t enough hours in the day… It’s understandable that your body is going to tighten up and play up. “Tightening up” affects the digestive system; “not having enough time” affects the brain, the heart, the lungs – we feel we can’t “catch our breath” we have so much to do…
When we are ill, we go to the doctor and get some medicine to make us better, but in reality this is simply applying a plaster over the wound. It’s not dealing with the underlying problem as to why you have become ill – why your body isn’t at ease.
As you read this, take a moment to think about what is happening in your life right now. Sit quietly and take some time out. Take a couple of deep breaths, close your eyes and ask your body how it is feeling. Think of your body as something separate to your mind and focus on that question…
· Do you feel emotions surfacing – are they happy or sad?
· Has your energy dropped or increased?
· Has your mind stepped in and brought forward the worry that is uppermost in your mind, or something that you are really looking forward to?
Sit quietly, focusing on this question, for as long as is comfortable, then write down what you heard in your mind or felt in your body. If you felt negative emotions, your energy dropped and a major worry came uppermost to your mind, return to “sitting” and focus on a different question. Ask for advice on what you need to do to find a more healthy balance.
Having an awareness of what is happening in your life to cause your body and mind “Dis-ease” is the first huge step. The next step is to ask your body, your mind and soul what is it they are trying to tell you that you aren't "getting". Effectively you are connecting to your “higher self” through meditation – taking some time out from “doing” to make space for pure thought. A reply may not be instantaneous or in the format you expect – you may wake up in the morning with a “realisation”; you may be in the middle of your weekly shop or even in the middle of the washing up when you come to an understanding of the changes you need to introduce.
You may find making time to "sit still" the hardest part - after all, you have so much "doing" to get done, but as Henry Ford is quoted to have said, "if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got".