If youre injured or out-of-balance and you stop, pay attention to what your body wants, and then take the appropriate actions, an interesting thing happens: Your pain actually starts to go away!
It’s a basic principle, yet too few people actually apply it. Why?
Because the promise of getting rid of your symptoms, without having to stop what youre doing or change anything about your life, is much more alluring.
Do you like to eat foods that give you heartburn? The cultural story is that you dont have to stop, you can just take an antacid. Do you have a headache? You dont have to deal with whats really going on, just take an aspirin.
The market for pain relievers and treatments aimed to cure or restore health (even many alternative treatments fit this category) is in the billions. Sufficient evidence that our culture is addicted to numbing out.
Drugs and medical treatment are just part of the numbing epidemic. People use everything from food to alcohol, TV, and even exercise to distract them from whats really going on inside.
It’s no surprise though, society vigorously promotes doing whatever it takes to look good on the outside with little sound guidance about how to truly cultivate well being on the inside.
So when pain, tension, and stress show up to let you know that youre veering off course, instead of drowning out your symptoms with palliative treatments or numbing distractions, theres another route you can take.
You can begin to discover the meaning behind your symptoms and turn them into a powerful catalyst for growth and change.
Maybe your body mechanics need alignment. Maybe your nervous system needs to shift out of fight-or-flight mode. Or maybe certain elements of your lifestyle need reorganizing.
Which is it? What is your body really communicating to you? And what can you do to find out what it really wants so your pain, tension, or stress can be replaced by inner-fulfillment and well being?