About 10 years ago, while my loving father was dying of cancer, I wondered if Dad had heard any messages from his body about the cancer…and I realized that I no longer heard messages from my body.
I know that I “heard” my body as a child. I remembered that if I didn’t get meat for dinner, I had a tummy ache that night, if I didn’t get outdoors to play, I felt grumpy and anti-social. If I had not forgiven or been forgiven, I felt awful and achy all over. Then I sort of forgot to listen, for too many years. And I knew I had to start listening again.
I was lucky, I was ready, and the Universe supplied me with wonderful teachers who taught me to be still and listen again.
You may not find a teacher as quickly as I did, but I know that we can teach ourselves to hear: Be still and listen…hear your heart, your joints, your breath, your muscles and the alignment of your bones. Listen to your organs, the stomach telling you it is satisfied before the plate is empty, the joy of your heart when you forgive or are forgiven, the blessing of the sun upon your face in early morn.
Listening to your body is not something we are taught. We run ourselves ragged thinking we can always rest later, eat later, resolve issues later, be healthy later…and then when our system breaks down, we run to a doctor and hope for a prescribed pill to put us immediately to rights….and we are off again, never having taken time to deal with the real issues.
We are delicate machines, meant be maintained by the healthy equilibrium of body, mind and spirit… We have lost the ability to hear our body’s thirst, pain, and hunger. We filter the “I’m out of balance” cry…it’s too inconvenient and maybe too uncomfortable to acknowledge that voice.
- 7 chakras for balanced health
In yoga, we learn there are 7 chakras, each a portal for a particular energy center:
The Root Chakra affects the health, structure and safety of your body. This chakra, symbolized by the color red, is associated with how one’s body links to the material world.
The orange-colored, Naval Chakra is associated with the feelings of love, passion, sexuality and pleasure.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is found just above the navel and below the chest. This yellow chakra is the point at which
self-control, will power, authority and discipline are focused.
The Heart Chakra, green in color, is found in the middle of the chest. Love and understanding are the focused in this chakra.
Located in the throat area is the sky blue Throat Chakra that is linked to communication and understanding.
The Brow Chakra sometimes called the Third Eye Chakra is indigo in color, and is associated with sensitivity outside the physical sphere as a clairvoyance-related focus point.
The Crown Chakra dwells at the center point on top of the head, and is concerned with the spirit and the mind. One’s consciousness and items related to the High Self are dictated by the violet-coloured Crown Chakra.
My shamanic teachers often mentioned that unresolved issues manifested as disease in specific areas…..throat problems when you didn’t speak your truth, leg cramps and foot problems when you weren’t on the path you should be on, heart issues with unresolved emotional wounds and abandonment, stomach issues over dealing with authority, anger and the inability to forgive, eye problems when you refused to see the truth….
Some of this may be over simplified…perhaps…some is just uncomfortable truth…
So what am I saying?
Take time to listen to your deepest, inner-most self….It wants to start a conversation with you.
Learn to bless the foods you prepare that satisfy your deeper needs… instead of filling up on hollow-calorie junk foods. Relearn the sweetness of fruits instead of grabbing those sugary processed foods. Enjoy the exhilaration of a brisk walk, a run around the block, take a bike ride to the local park instead of playing on the computer or watching TV for hours. Gather your friends and family members around you and bless them for the richness they add to your life.
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