The last six months have been extremely stressful for Samantha. In efforts to cope with the stress, she sought comfort in binge eating and watching hours of Netflix. During this time, Samantha gained an extra 15 pounds and then began feeling pains in her back and joints.
She went to the doctor and explained her symptoms. Within 5 minutes, the doctor diagnosed her and gave her a prescription. Samantha sedated the pain with drugs and kept her poor eating habits and physical inactivity.
Months later, Samantha started to experience other symptoms and this time she went see an acupuncturist. The acupuncturist helped Samantha learn how to listen to the messages that her body was telling her and how to remedy the symptoms by changing her habits.
The most important thing that she learned was that the stress was contributing to her illness. And in order for her to heal properly, it meant that she had to learn how to manage her mental health.
Once she improved her mental health using meditation, exercise, and Yoga, Samantha’s physical health improved too. In the end, she learned that her mind and body work in tandem. If the mind or the body is not healthy, the other is affected in some negative way.
The human body is so sophisticated, and smarter than any computer in the world. Our bodies have the ability to communicate with us in so many ways, both mentally and physically.
In yoga and meditation, students learn how to listen to the messages coming from their body by quieting the mind. This is a super cool technology that is probably more accurate then even the most advanced medical device.
That’s not to say that medical technology is not important or necessary. These tools are certainly helpful in healing our bodies too.
The point I am making is that the mind and body are that powerful and amazing!
When we receive messages from the body, it is important that we listen to them and address them. Medicating the problem is only a temporary solution to a big issue. Listen to these messages from the body with gratitude and appreciate that they are there in service to you.