FEATURE – How do you feel lately? Do you have a lot on your mind – upcoming holidays, heavy work schedule, kids involved in too many activities? Life has many stressors, which often brings aches and pains, fatigue and illness to the body.
Before you go and take a pill to alleviate your discomfort, think about this: Your body is an incredible machine that is trying to communicate with you. At first it will whisper, but as you ignore it, it will speak louder and louder until it finally shouts. It wants your attention so you can address these underlying issues. So pause for a moment and tune in to the messages your body is sending you.
Although many aches and pains are caused by injuries or other physiological factors, often they can be driven by metaphysical means. Consider that in the following scenarios:
- Are you trying to make a big decision and develop a sore throat?
Your body may be telling you that you’re not using both your head and your heart. The neck is what connects these two important organs, so use both your intellect and your feelings for a satisfying solution. Also, the throat represents your “voice.” Maybe it’s time to speak up about something.
- Do you have chronic shoulder pain?
If it’s your left side, perhaps there are family issues that need your attention. You right side can signal financial stress.
- Do you see a chiropractor about regular low back pain (sacroiliac sprains)?
Your body possibly wants you to reexamine your circumstances. Is this really the right job for you? Are you forcing yourself into a situation where you really don’t belong?
- Do you struggle with constipation?
Ask yourself these questions: Do I “hold onto things?” Do I have a hard time “letting things go?”
I once heard about a woman who was rushed to the emergency room for a heart attack. After being examined and tested for treatment, it was determined that there was no heart attack. The perplexed doctors did not know what to make of it – she had every symptom, but no medical trace of this event.
It was later learned that this woman’s daughter had died recently, and she was literally brokenhearted. There is actually a pretty accurate name for this condition, “broken heart syndrome.” It’s just another way that the body mirrors your underlying emotions.
Next time you get a headache or feel muscle tension in your body, reflect on the things that are going on in your life. Take a minute to understand what your body is telling you. The more you learn to pay attention to these important signals, the more empowered you will be to correct them. In the words of John Locke, “A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.”
Now, how does that make you feel?
Written by Brigit Atkin for St. George Health and Wellness magazine and St. George News.
Atkin is a certified practitioner of the SimplyHealed method, which blends the art of healing with cutting-edge research and clears negative emotions on a mental, emotional and physical level in an easy, non-invasive way. It can release stress of any kind, whether it be years of abuse or daily things that tend to overwhelm our emotional circuitry. She was trained by Carolyn Cooper and works within the St. George community.
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