Pain as an ally, not an enemy. The physical body gives us feedback to let us know how we are doing in our life.
If it’s overweight..it tells us about our eating patterns and exercise.
If it’s it’s weak, it tells us about our resistance training regimen.
If it’s rigid, it tells us about our flexibility routine.
The body doesn’t lie. It’s our reliable source to guide us to new insights and new behaviours about ourselves.
The body is not something to be cursed, but can be seen and used to connect us with what’s important in the here and now.
Enter Chronic Pain or any other symptom for that matter…
When I recently worked with a teenager who was suffering with spinal pain that was not resolving,
I began to question her on how this was benefitting her in her life. The reason I asked that is because I wanted her to know how her physical body was nudging her in the direction of what she most valued in the here and now.
She was a runner and unable to run.
As we proceeded with the mental exercise, we found upwards of 25 benefits of how ‘the pain’ was assisting her in creating a new direction, path and helping her to actually fill areas that needed to be filled in.
She got more quiet time at home by herself without her siblings, more time to do her homework she felt backed up with, less time with a coach she wasn’t getting along with,less time with a team she wasn’t quite resonating with,and on and on…
She began to actually see that this pain was an ALLY NOT AN ENEMY. That is was serving her in a new emerging area and away from an area that was no longer fulfilling.
God, I HOPE YOU REALLY GET THAT PREVIOUS STATEMENT. Let’s say it again…
She began to actually see that this pain was an ALLY NOT AN ENEMY. That it was serving her in a new emerging area and away from an area that was no longer fulfilling.
My point is, don’t be fooled to think you are not drastically and valuably benefiting from your current pain.
My current ankle pain has already led me to join a new hatha yoga class instead of my standard kundalini, and is assisting me in increasing my flexibility and slowing down my nervous system…something I needed right now.
Your soul has a mission and it will fulfill it through your physical body in one way or another.
When we take pain personally, get mad at it, and think it’s not supposed to be there, we are missing the opportunity to actually see what direction our life needs to take. What direction our soul is nudging us in.
As Albert Einstein says, “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”, and I agree, that sometimes a burn on the stove is just a burn,
For the pains that stick around a little longer, it’s now vital that we look at how our physical body is attempting to alter our current course in the way we are perceiving and acting on the path.
A candle never loses light by lighting another candle…please share.
P.S.- If someone needs help with chronic pain or anxiety, I have created a day to teach breath work and mind work that helps to empower and breakthrough current limitation, a day to change the game, break the habits, and illuminate your energy…..Attend the one day event here.
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