What Seeds Have You Planted?
This month our focus is on healing. Many illnesses are manifested from emotional discord, unresolved issues, stress unhealthy thoughts and food choices. 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 doctor or hospital emergency department every time we experience pain and discomfort. We take antibiotics and pain killers and the list goes on and on. Somewhere along the way we lost faith in our immune system as the most important healer. The medicine we need comes from our food, not from medications made in a lab.
Health is as much about what you put into your body as it is about what you release or let go of. 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 our 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. Eventually, something happens and we are forced to look within.
You need to become aware of the toxic emotions attached to the memories, or stories, you are carrying 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 experience and potential.
Pranayama deep breathing, meditation, yoga, Qigong and Tai chi are all practices that help to cultivate inner awareness. These ancient practices are helpful for healing any dis-ease in the body by encouraging a calmer mind and healthier thoughts. Remember, disease begins in your mind. In addition, these very same practices, refined, deepened, and perfected are focused towards spiritual growth.
In our Western world, our medical system does not encourage or offer strategies that people can implement to help support their own healing process. There is a disconnect between the mind and the body. Yet, disease is manifested in our mind. If we continuously hang on to our sad stories, we are watering the seeds that will manifest and infiltrate our day-to-day existence.
It’s not so much which road you take, it’s the baggage you carry with you, that determines whether your experiences will be positive or if the same lessons will have to be repeated. Until the day comes that you decide to finally empty your suitcase and become aware of and deal with the issues you have been carrying around with you.
I mean, how many times do we need to be hit over the head with that rock until we finally say, “I get it!” I have learned that I would rather travel lighter and deal with issues, then continuously carry all that ‘stuff’ around that only weighs me down and limits my experience.
Bodywork, yoga, meditation, infrared sauna therapy, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) or spiritual counseling is a good way to start. Next time you are having a massage, instead of just the massage being physically deep, go deep within and see what comes up. We all need to heal our inner child and let the child know that it is safe, accepted and loved. Start to pay attention to what you are reacting to; whatever you react to, belongs to you. The other person is just the messenger, the mirror showing you where you are stuck.
When a client comes to see me, it’s not just about food. Food is the effect or the symptom, 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 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 working in your garden, imagine that the weeds are the negative stories you are hanging onto that need to be removed from the root so they don’t take over your garden. The flowers and trees represent the beauty we have in our lives.
Breathe deeply and let it all go.
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