THE DOCTOR IS “IN”
With all the talk about health insurance and the many products that are marketed to “fix’ our health, we have totally overlooked the most available resource that is available to us all…. our own bodies’ wisdom. This wisdom is a gift that we are all born with but we usually discount in favor of an outside “expert.
Our bodies’ wisdom is a doctor who is always “in,” always makes house calls and never charges a fee. Yet, we don’t listen to that small “voice” that says, “Rest now’, “Move your body,” or even, ”Something is wrong.” Instead, we ignore it and wait until it is screaming before we pay attention
And just like other relationships, ignoring our bodies’ wisdom is a sure way to mess up the communication. But unlike personal relationships, we can’t have “break-up”. We can disregard it until it is hard to hear but fortunately it is built in and never goes away. We need to check in with our body and often. Just pausing a moment to ask,” How do I feel” or “What do I need to do now”, gets us an answer.
Our role in this relationship is to not ignore the answer even if we don’t like what we hear.
We really do know what makes us feel good or bad and what makes our body happy.
The trick is to tune in often and to establish a relationship that has open communication …just like our personal ones. The more we listen and act, the more we can trust ourselves. What great freedom that is.
Doctor Me …
The Buddhist have a lovely practice in which they scan their bodies each morning to check in and see how every part is doing. That seems like a great way to start the day and to gently pay attention to the most important health expert of all, “Doctor Me.”