Do you have the power to heal yourself?
The numerous reports of spontaneous remissions of terminal diseases might indicate this is true. Consider what happens when you cut yourself accidentally. Your body knows exactly what to do to heal the wound and you support that capability by completely buying into the belief that healing is possible.
Perhaps the key idea here is that you ‘believe’ healing is possible. Scientific research has recently shown that placebos (sugar pills/fake drugs) produce as much healing of pain and depression in patients as pharmaceuticals. The fact that healing can take place in the absence of medical intervention would seem to underscore how beliefs and emotions play a significant role in well-being and recovery from disease.
Want a profound path to wellness? Listen to and communicate with your body
While some health issues require expert knowledge and care, listening to your body’s messages can go a long way to self-healing. When you begin a conscious and ongoing conversation with your body you begin to attune to your own rhythms and know when something is out of balance. You can work with your body’s needs in pursuit of healing.
Your body communicates with you all the time through hunger, thirst, pains, aches, sensations of being uncomfortable or feeling pleasure – this is its language. Your body also hears you. The thoughts and beliefs you feed it become a self-fulfilling prophecy – if you think and believe you are unhealthy, chances are you will be.
More often than not, however, you ignore rather than pay attention to what your body faithfully tries to tell you. Exhausted and tired you push on and work late or you walk farther and faster past your endurance. You ignore hunger and thirst when you are too busy to stop and refresh. You adapt to debilitating aches and pains until they become the shout of major illness that forces you to connect.
“Every part of your body has its own consciousness or its own soul”~ Peter Levine
So, how do you begin to cooperate and partner with that consciousness to help maintain your natural state of health and balance? How can you tune in?
Tuning In To Your Body –
When you are in a deep state of calm through meditation, your mind is more closely connected to your body and you can begin to hear what your body needs as well as input healing messages. Meditation also connects you with the universal energy that resides within you that unifies you with a vast healing source.
Try this meditative exercise ->
Sit comfortably and become present to the flow of your breath.
Hold the desire to be compassionate and to sincerely connect with every cell within you. Set the intention to build trust to support and communicate with your body’s ability to heal.
- Open the channel –follow your breath to any aches, pains, or tension you might be carrying. Let your breath take you deeply into your body.
- Notice any thoughts, sensations or feelings that arise as you focus where your breath has taken you.
- Ask – “How can I help? What do you need?” Notice what thoughts or images come to you. Trust this is your body speaking. Observe any areas that relax or release or any areas that heat up as the energy flows through.
- Take time to fully engage and when you are ready, let your awareness come back to the present moment. Acknowledge the healing wisdom and profound body connection that you have established. Journal any responses or inspiration you received.
Committing to a regular collaboration with your body by entering the sacred space of meditation, breathing and journaling can help you take charge of your basic health and well-being needs and can go a long way to creating greater resilience to know when medical intervention might be required.
By learning the bodymind language of symptoms and illness you can learn what is being repressed or ignored in your psyche and emotions and the affect this is having on your physical body. – Deb Shapiro, author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind
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