Several years ago - out of the blue - I started experiencing random pains in my hands and arms. This was no standard ache or soreness, these were shooting pains that would make me jump out of my seat! What the HECK? Initially I thought it was related to being at the keyboard too much for work, or excessive driving. So I took a mini-vacation from both of those things and it seemed to get a little better? But not really. I went to a hand doctor who couldn't diagnose it. In the end I discovered it was a side-effect from a medication I had been on for YEARS . . . and apparently my body was telling me it was time to STOP. And guess what? The message was coming in loud and clear . . . so despite my resistance I had to listen. Oof.
More recently (and really periodically over the years), I have been suffering from low-back pain. As someone who likes to get things done and works from home - there are times when it feels virtually impossible to just stop DOING all the things! Laundry! Dishes! Clean the Bathroom! The list will never end unless I hire a housekeeper (it's getting closer!), and until then I know that I'll probably be battling some kind of back issue.
Here's the deal: Sometimes I push myself to the point where my low back hurts so much that I HAVE to stop, and lie down and ice it and REST. It's as if the Universe is telling me to slow down, and have faith that everything is going to unfold just as it should - regardless of whether or not my toilet is clean, and dishes are put away. Full Disclosure: I am a SLOW LEARNER! But I am learning (thank goodness) to listen to my body and pay attention to when it is time to let things go.
Louise Hay has a wonderful book called You Can Heal Your Life in which she lists some Causes of Symptoms to our societies most common ailments.
Bruises: The little bumps in life. Self-punishment.
Depression: Anger you feel you do not have a right to have. Hopelessness.
Lower Back Pain: Fear of money or lack of financial support.
Neck: Represents flexibility. The ability to see what’s back there. Refusing to see other sides of a question. Stubbornness, inflexibility. Unbending stubbornness.
While I know my back might be hurting because I don't have the right chair, or lumbar support, or strong enough butt muscles . . . the truth is I HAVE been feeling the lack of financial support for quite some time, and am ready to address that so I can be in my best physical shape! What I know for sure is that my body will never lie to me, and if it's telling me that something is "off", I need to pay attention!
My question for you today is . . . Are you Listening to Your Body? What messages is it giving you? (This article covers Hay's list if you're curious about a new way to look at what might be going on!) What are some things you can do this week to be more aware of the feedback you're getting, and answer that with kindness?
Feel free to leave a comment - I'm always curious to know your thoughts!
Love and Light,
Meet me here on Saturdays for some weekly vibes - honoring the week that has past, and clearing the way for what's new. Gather your journal and favorite pen, along with a hot cup of coffee/tea/chai - and settle in for 30 minutes dedicated to YOU.