I’m having a bit of a strange week.
Ever since this weekend, I’ve been feeling off. A bit heavy. Less motivated. Tired.
And I don’t know why. And that’s OK.
It’s got me thinking about how our bodies are constantly sending us signals to guide us in the right direction.
Signals in the form of physical and emotional pain or heaviness.
These signals are our body’s way of telling us something is out of balance.
There would have been a time not to so long ago that I would have pushed through. I would have kept running at 110% even though I only feel that I have 50% to give this week. I would have quickly rid myself of any headache or digestive distress with pills and prescriptions. I would have run to sugar and caffeine to increase my energy.
Maybe you can relate to this too?
I would have hidden the signals my body was sending to help me.
I would have ignored my body.
And THIS is the way our society works. So many of us are taught that the absence of symptoms means we’re healing when in fact we’re just ignoring or prolonging what our body needs for real healing.
Please know I’m not trying to make you feel guilty or ashamed if this is what you’re currently doing. Don’t get me wrong, I see the place and time for the occasions when we just need to push through and a good Tylenol can help.
But my hope in this is to remind you that this is the rare occasion and not the go-to for every time you’re feeling off.
Let your body talk to you.
Look at it with curiosity and ask “what are you trying to tell me?”. Then sit in silence and listen to what comes.
Feeling stressed and anxious every day? Maybe something big needs to shift in your life.
Got hit with a bad head cold? Maybe your body is screaming that it needs a few days of rest from the everyday grind.
Having trouble sleeping at night? Maybe it’s time to take a hard look at your bedtime routine and your diet.
Listen. And be patient.
The answers may not come to you overnight or within the week. It may take consistent curiosity and trust to find the truth. But once you find your answer from within you can finally start taking the steps towards real healing and happiness.
And there is no better feeling than honouring your body in this way.
THIS is true healing.
THIS is true health.
So, what am I doing this week?
Not much other than taking it minute by minute. Practicing gratitude and trust. Giving myself plenty of time to rest and just feel. Sitting with the emotions and asking “what are you trying to tell me?”.
I don’t have my answers yet. But I trust they will come to me when they are meant to.
And in the meantime, I’m focusing on joy. Doing as many things each day that bring me joy like spending time in nature and playing a good game with Ben over breakfast.
The hardest part for me?
Not trying to force an answer to why I’m feeling this way. Trusting and letting myself just feel. This is my practice this week. And in that I know there are many valuable lessons for me.
How will you listen to your body this week and honour what it needs (big or small)?
Love & Light,