Written by Ara Wiseman
This month our focus is on heart health. Researchers have found that most heart attacks occur between 8-9 o’clock on a Monday morning. Many illnesses are manifested from emotional discord, unresolved issues, stress, unhealthy thoughts, actions and choices, including our day-to-day food choices. The healer is within each of us. The problem is that most of us have lost this intuitive connection and need to reconnect to this intelligence. We live in an external world and look to external sources for everything. External sources are only there to remind our body to reconnect to this inner healing wisdom. In some cultures, the traditional healing system focuses on enhancing and cultivating the healer within.
For some reason we haven’t been taught this knowledge and have been led to believe that we are helpless victims who need to run to the hospital emergency department and take antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and other “anti” drugs. Disease is rooted in the belief that we are incomplete. When you are overworked, stressed, addicted to caffeine, sugar, recreational drugs or alcohol there is a cumulative effect both mentally and physically. Habitually just going through the motions keeps us from living a life of greater meaning.
Somewhere along the way we have lost the faith in our body’s ability to heal. The medicine we need comes from our food, not from medications made in a lab.
Health is about what you put into your body and what you release or let go. It is a state of mind and an inner knowing that no matter what challenges come your way you have whatever you need inside to deal with them. In our culture, when something goes awry or we are facing some type of challenge, we search externally for the cure or solution as opposed to searching within and finding the source.
Oftentimes we attach toxic emotions to experiences in life, which become memories, or seeds, such as shame, regret, feelings of abandonment, low self-worth, etc. These seeds take root and begin to sprout and grow, ultimately leading to health and relationship issues.
In order to heal, you need to become aware of the toxic emotions or patterns attached to the memories, or stories, you carry around with you. Once you identify these emotions, you need to go to the seed level and dig up the roots that are keeping you stuck and limiting your potential. Attention leads to intention and if your intention is to change, your attention is expanded towards opportunities that support that change. Doors open when other ones close. In order to change we need to change our routine and add nourishing things to our life. You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. Did you know that you have healed yourself millions of times since birth through the body’s natural healing system? It is never too late to make changes. Your body is forgiving and renewable.
It’s not so much which road you take, it’s the baggage that you carry with you that determines whether your experiences will be positive or if the same lessons will have to be repeated until you empty your suitcase, becoming aware of and dealing with the issues you have been carrying around with you.
Bodywork, yoga, meditation, infrared sauna therapy, nutritional counselling and dealing with any imbalances, whether biochemical, hormonal or due to a nutrient deficiency is a good place to start. When there are imbalances it is hard to not search externally for relief.
When a client comes to see me, it’s not just about food. Food is the effect, but what is the cause? What is causing you to feel tired and lethargic, unhappy, stuck, stressed? Why are similar patterns repeating themselves over and over again? What seeds have been planted, are they deeply rooted and are they overtaking your inner garden?
A friend of mine once said, ‘why does my story have to be sad, why can’t it be a happy story with a wonderful lesson?’ The amazing thing is that every minute is a chance to turn it all around. Why not focus on the lesson and extract the positive, learn from it and move on. Next time you are pruning your plants, imagine that the dead leaves are the negative stories we hang onto that need to be removed. The flowers and deep green leaves are the beauty we have in our lives. There is a vast sea of potential realities that you can be experiencing right now. Begin by seeing the beauty in this moment. Look around. Everything right now is perfect.
Breathe deeply and let it all go.