Everything is expressed through the body…..it is the ultimate feedback machine! It speaks to us every single second of the day – it calibrates, senses, aligns, protects, reads, feels, urges, adapts, evolves and obeys the ancient primordial law of survival no matter what.
It persists – without question – an infinite commission which operates far beyond any willful commitment our intellectual mind could make . It does not rely on comfort – it simply is programmed to go on – to live.
It is imbued with systems, mechanisms and intuitive operations that have a power so formidable – even our greatest minds are still just skimming the surface of understanding this complex intricate miracle – a micro-universe of intelligence, existence and persistence.
But there’s one more thing…. The body is also is the servant to the mind……..what we say….what we perceive….what we believe…..So if we stay just in our heads without paying attention to the unique physical and energetic language of the body…if we question with intellect only and ignore what our body is communicating….we are in for a big struggle.
So – how do I understand how my body is communicating and what it’s trying to tell me?
First of all remember this one constant – your body does not HAVE an ego. It responds to what you’re feeding it – the food you eat, the thoughts you have, the choices you make, the company you keep, the rest you get, the climate you live in, the words you speak, the images you perceive real or imagined. It does not have or exert an opinion – it simply does what it does – always balancing and keeping up the lifelong job of keeping it self alive – adapting moment by moment within the scope of its primordial programming in virtually any circumstance.
Let’s talk about being over weight. Obesity is our modern day epidemic. 70% of American adults are overweight. One third our nations children are overweight. One in twenty Americans is 100 pounds over their optimal weight. I interviewed Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. – cell biologist, health psychologist and NY Times best-selling author of The Plant Plus Diet Solution on Soul Luminous Radio and we addressed these frightening statistics. (You can check out her amazing book – backed by a mountain of research!). She said – “People are used to feeling bad” – referring to our ignorance of our bodies response to the quality of the food that we consume….and add to that – the quality of the thoughts that we think.
Here’s the deal – I am not preaching about what to eat or what to think – I am saying pay attention to how your body is responding to what you are you are “feeding” it. If you are overweight – your body is out of balance. There is too much fat being stored to keep your body optimally healthy. Your body is saying to you – Hey – I’m storing up a lot of fat here – see? You can visually see it. You can see it reflected on the scale, in your clothes and how you feel. Your blood pressure may rise, you may develop insulin resistance and you may feel more hungry. This is your body communicating with you in the only way it knows how – by doing what it is wired to do.
Now comes the question of what to do. Well, you have a few choices. If you want just to lose weight – you can go on a diet and start exercising, but for many people – this is very confusing and frustrating. Why? Because most people delve into this type of solution not even being remotely acquainted with their body at all.
For instance – if you are trying to lose weight and simply cut calories – you will quit at some point because the body does not want to starve – it wants to heal and balance itself. So simply creating a calorie deficit – with no eye toward the quality of the food being consumed – or being aware of any potential food sensitivities, may indeed end up only distressing the body – causing it to want to store more fat or burn muscle or even – gain weight!
Take a good look and a good feel. Where is your fat being stored? How old are you? How hungry are you and when? What are you eating now – exactly and how do you feel after a meal. Do you know your blood sugars? These are all ways your body communicates to you. The qualitative and quantitative impact of your choices are physiologically expressed no matter what!
Let’s look at stress – Too much stress over time will be expressed for sure! Your blood pressure reading will tell you right away – as will your heart rate, your breathing, your level of energy and even your ability to focus.
How about diabetes? Type 2 diabetes is your body telling you that you have been eating far too many processed carbohydrates for a very long time for it to process naturally.
What about IBS, bloating, gas, indigestion? This could be a communication that your gut bacteria is out of whack or you have a food allergy – or are consuming too much of one food – or that your hormone levels are out of balance.
Our choices are motivated not by what we know – but by what we believe – and many of us DO NOT KNOW the beliefs that are running the show. We all “know what we should do” – yet somehow we can’t or we won’t.
Anxiety is an add-on too! Any of the above conditions or “physical communications” will provoke anxiety to some degree and this can enhance the symptoms and unfortunately, actually dismantle our power.
Instead of saying – “I’m stressed” or “I have an anxiety problem” – look at your anxiety for what it is – your body is expressing a fight or flight response. In “fight or flight” the sympathetic nervous system is on fire – shutting down the conscious part of the brain and causing you to REACT in response to the belief that it is in inherent and immediate danger.
But what caused the anxiety? Was it a bounced check or an unfavorable report from your child’s teacher that punctured your peace? Was it your diagnosis of diabetes? Was it a glass of red wine spilled on a brand new carpet or a fender bender in the parking lot at work? Is your very survival at stake here in this moment or not?
Not identifying the cause and substance of your anxiety leads to repetition of the same response and the same result or worse because with repetition there is momentum. That’s how depression takes form.
In any of these cases – for whatever symptom or “communication” that has been expressed through your body – know that time is of the essence! But also know that you have it now – within you power – to turn this ship around!
Within the miracle of your body is an innate healing system which is ignited when you are feeling calm, at peace, content, grateful. It is at your disposal every single day – and it doesn’t cost a dime. It is available to ALL within every single moment of every single day.
And here’s the kicker – you must “stop doing’ and master “being” by slowing down, taking time to smell the roses and maybe stop and chat with the neighbor….infuriating isn’t it? Understand this – your body is not a manufacturing machine – it does not and will not succumb to the arrogant demands of productivity. It doesn’t measure! It just responds. It simply wants to live. The quality – is up to you.
So what do I do?
- Eat green whole foods. Eating organic food which is as close to its natural form as possible provokes a body response – it answers you by increasing its immunity, organ performance and overall feeling of energy.
- Move – move the way you like to move – dance naked, swim in the ocean, roller skate, push your grandchild in his stroller, swing at the playground, walk in the woods, rake the yard – but move. Move daily.
- Bring awareness to every situation. Observe what you are saying and what you are thinking. We think in words – but we are provoked by images. What does what you are looking at provoke in your mind? What story are you telling? Can you go a day without complaining?
- Ask yourself often when you feel frustrated or upset: What am I thinking? What am I believing? What am I making this out to be?
- Intend your day. No matter what – you are in charge – and what you are thinking about and focusing on is the driver of your creation – the quality and content of your day, your , week, your year, your life…
In doing all of this – you are developing a wonderfully intimate relationship and mutual communication with your own body – the animated living form through which we experience our lives! Let me tell you – it is so worth it! I mean really – what’s the alternative?
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