Can you heal yourself?
Okay, I get it. You might think: I just always have lower back pain, or I just have stiff hamstrings.
Maybe you have learned to live with not sleeping well or being so exhausted after work that you don’t have the energy to do anything else in the evenings.
I get it. When I had a whiplash, and the doctors told me I would have that slight pain in my neck forever, I thought I had to deal with it.
Until, I got rid of the pain, and besides that, got rid of the colds in winter, the allergies, my belly cramps..
YOU are infinitely powerful
I am so passionate about telling you this. YOU are infinitely powerful. Your body is wired to heal itself and to restore. You just need to find the pathways to connect with that self-healing capacity of your body.
Why is this so important?
Because small things aren’t small. Small things can become big. And besides that, small things can have more impact on you than you think. Most of all, it are signs of your body that something is not right. And the signs are there so that you can take action!
Find the Flow :
Where there is pain, there is stagnation. Where there is stagnation there is pain.
Sounds pretty straightforward, but what does it mean? This is how Chinese Medicine looks at any illness. There is either a blockage in the flow of chi (and blood) or insufficiency of chi (energy) flow.
So we need to remove blockages and increase the flow. And that will solve the problem. Always. Whatever it is.
You can translate this principle to these three levels: physical, emotional and mental.
In your body
For example, your lower back pain means that the energy is not flowing freely. What can you do to release the blockage or to increase your energy levels?
In short: release blockages by releasing unnecessary tension in your body.
Due to wrong posture or moving too little or too much you can create tension in your body. This restricts the flow. So you want to do something to loosen it up. Maybe that is having a walk in nature, going to a massage therapist or going to a Yin Yoga class.
What about your emotions?
Emotional blockages might show up a physical pain, or as fatigue, anger, annoyance or overall stress. Often we don’t want to feel the emotion that is actually there, because, well it is unpleasant to feel it.
But here is the thing: You’ve gotta feel it to heal it. There is no way around it.
So if you have any of the things above, tune in with yourself. And ask: instead of me being so tired, or angry or annoyed, what is really going on? What is the underlying cause of this discomfort I am feeling?
Is there something that you need to let go of? Is there anything coming up that is bothering you? Any anger you are holding on to? Or are you feeling guilty? Do you need to forgive someone?
If you feel this is true for you, sit with these questions. Write down what comes to mind. And try to get a clear picture of what it is that you haven't been able to let go of.
Next step is to see I you can forgive, or let go of the grief. And if you feel you need some support, do reach out for it!
Get rid of Mental Clutter
This is a sneaky one. Because often we do not see our mental blockages.
Mental blockages are beliefs that are so deeply grounded within you, that you don’t notice at all that it is a blockage. Often, you unconsciously rely on this belief. It makes you feel safe. And your subconscious thinks it needs the belief to keep you safe!
There are plenty of ways to work on this. But first of all, become aware. When you find yourself stating things like: I am just not good at…X - or people are not to be trusted, know that this is the kind of believes that we are talking about. Challenge them a bit, and open up to the opportunity that you can change this core belief.
Another mental blockage is Overthinking. I wrote about it last week. Overthinking is dangerous because it deludes you. It is like being in a conversation with someone while you just keep talking. No matter what the other person does, you won’t be able to hear what he or she is saying.
That is what your body feels when your thinking mind is overactive. However loud the body will scream and send signs, they are not likely to be heard because you are so busy thinking.