Stressed? In Pain? Unhappy? Answer Your Call…

Something IS Calling You. Time to Answer Your Call?

If you are stressed, in pain, unhappy, feeling out of balance, etc., something is calling you, needing your attention. Answer your call….

Lack energy, tired all of the time, and/or not sleeping well?  Something is calling you.

If you have health issues, whether headaches, sciatica, GERD, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., something is calling you.

If you repeatedly have thoughts such as “I’d really like to _____, but not now.  Maybe someday.  I don’t have the time, talent, skills, money anyway.  It is just a pipedream.  I don’t deserve it, couldn’t do it, and am too old.”  Something is calling you.

If you want more from your life, but don’t know what, nor know where to start……… can you guess what?  Something’s calling you.

Is something calling you? What is it?

Answer your call.

Answering the Call

If you know me or have been following me, you know that years ago I had my own challenges with physical symptoms that didn’t fit traditional diagnoses, and didn’t respond to conventional medical approaches.  Though not yet debilitating, my symptoms weren’t improving, and disability seemed a very real possibility in my youthful future.

At one point, I consulted with a massage therapist.  She asked if I had examined the emotional aspects of my life/situation.  I told her, “I am happy.  There is no issue there”.  I didn’t make an appointment with her.

And, I was happy.  In many ways. I loved my husband, my home, my family, my friends, my job, my life.  I did. (I still do, but even more so now….)

But, in a seemingly small way, I was not satisfied.  I was beginning to feel more uncomfortable with my work environment.  I persevered. I was challenging myself to grow in many ways through being there, which I valued, made me who I am, and do not regret.

So, I focused on the job in a way that resonated with me – one of helping people.  But I didn’t realize that none of this was really enough. Nor did I realize the huge importance of those whispers I was ignoring….

It Was Time for A Change.  Time to Answer My Call.

My Soul was guiding me toward that change.  It whispered the desire for something more meaningful in my life.  I ignored the whispers, as if they were frivolous, and not to be taken seriously.

 

Whispers - Answer Your CallThose whispers grew louder to get my attention in the exact language I would hear and understand: physical discomforts that became concerning, and more limiting.  I had to listen to them in order to not just feel better, but to BE better as well.  I had to transcend symptomatic relief, and find true, lasting change if I wanted to break the cycle and be free, healthy, and at peace.

Dr. John Upledger has referred to this inner healing wisdom as “your inner physician”.  His book, which I highly recommend, Your Inner Physician and You, was intriguing, enlightening, and pivotal in my understanding and use of these concepts.  (Get it: International Alliance of Health Care Educators,  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Good Reads, Google Books). (Dr. Upledger developed the method of craniosacral therapy that I first studied, that turned around my health and my life, and which is my first go-to with my clients).

Once I listened to the shouts, addressed them, and got to the root causes, my health improved, my symptoms subsided, and my life improved beyond anything I dreamed.  My relationship to myself, my life, and my health became clearer, and richer.  I became response-able, and peaceful thru anything life throws my way.

I stopped limiting my self to chasing symptoms, and began resolving my challenges at the roots.

How Did I Do It?

I became more respons-Able.

Conventional approaches treat symptoms.  They don’t get to the roots of my issues.  I learned that I was the only one who could truly do that.  I was the only one that had the inside information needed for that to happen.

I was the only one who could change what I was experiencing. I was responsible for my experience.

Others had knowledge, skills and expertise that supported me, yes.  Others could perform tests, evaluations and assessments that helped me quantify my situation.  Others provided craniosacral therapy, massage therapy, love, support, and guidance.

But, how I responded to my situation determined my experience and the direction of it.  And, I was able to respond, wasn’t I?  Therefore, I was respons-ABLE.

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Change From The Inside Out

Ultimately, the changes needed had to come from within me.  No one else on the outside could truly know what was best for me. I was the only one who knew what the voices in my head were saying.  (Same voice that you have inside you that says, “What in the world does she mean here?” Or, “I know exactly what she means!”). I was the only one who knew exactly how I was feeling.

Only that Inner Wisdom built within me, keeping me safe and alive, healing my wounds, fighting off invasive microbes, replacing cells as they died off, maintaining my metabolism, keeping my heart beating, etc., could truly know what was best for me.  Tapping into it, listening to it, supporting it in supporting me is what got me through. It guided my healing journey every step of the way, and was even more powerful once I learned to partner with it, instead of relying on others to walk that path for me with an outside-in point of view.

Answer Your Call by Changing From the Inside Out

I became more respons-Able, which helped me improve and maintain balance in my life, giving me more energy, better health, increased connection and confidence in my decisions, and JOY.  I was even happier because I came to understand that I had a Purpose, and I was being guided to live it.  It was time not only to answer the call, but to live my Calling.

So How Can You Answer Your Call?

Be willing to do the work and make yourself a priority.  If you have trouble with this, grab your copy of my fr*e checklist to Seamlessly Fit “YOU” Into Your Busy Schedule:Give yourself some quality attention and care – healthy food, adequate hydration, quality rest, and LOVE.  Be the best version of YOU.  Don’t you want to be your best for those you love?

Assess your needs.  This isn’t intended to be a substitute for necessary medical or mental health treatment, and you should always seek such necessary treatment first.  Some people may find that this approach complements such care, and streamlines it.  In some cases this approach alone may suffice.

Answer Your Call. Tune In.

You can’t truly follow your guidance, get to the roots of your challenges, and create the joy, energy, and peace you desire without learning to tune into yourself.  This is the first step.

Tune into your body and ask yourself:

  1. What do I notice in my body?  How does my body feel?  Where do I not feel well?
  2. Do I feel open, closed, tight, loose, heavy, light etc.?
  3. Do I feel balanced and equal from side to side?

This is a skill you can master.  Having regular bodywork with a skilled practitioner helps you become even more aware of your body, and can give you a sense of it you won’t have without touch.  The latter is still true for me after nearly 20 years of weekly bodywork – it is part of how we are built.

It is work, yes.  In my experience, it is work I will trade for nothing because I know that no matter what happens, or doesn’t, my best interest is served. That brings me peace.

Find Your Peace

In my next post I will explore the next steps to… Answering Your Call.   For now, practice tuning into your body and see what you notice.  See how it feels throughout the day.  See how it feels and what you notice when you are stressed, vs. when you aren’t.  This is gold…….  It is your Pearl……

It is my wish that you find the peace you seek, too.

And, if you need a little support finding your solutions from the inside out, contact me today for a free consultation to see how we can work together to help you answer your call.

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the wisdom of your mind and body can help you get to the roots of what ails you for lasting change

The Wisdom of Your Mind and Body

Do you know you have one of the greatest gifts from nature within you? Did you know that gift is there to guide you on your journey to lasting change, great health, and well-being?  It is waiting for you to listen, and follow it to the roots of what ails you.

Did you know that gift is the wisdom of your mind and body?

What do I mean about tuning in to the wisdom of  your mind and body?

Without a doubt where I am in my life, my dominant thoughts, fears, feelings, issues, show themselves in my physical health and well-being. I know that my body won’t BE better until whatever is at the root of what ails me is uncovered and resolved. Therefore, I continually check in with myself to note how I am feeling and doing on all levels, spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. I take the wisdom of those experts and personalize it with a good, deep, honest look at myself and my life.

When my body is out of sorts, of course I triage to “stop the bleeding”, and/or relieve the pain, if needed, before I take my journey to the next level.  As I tell my clients, when you have a freight train parked on you, you don’t really care at that moment how or why you ended up there.  You just want out from under it, right?

Wouldn’t it be better to stop the cycle?

If you don’t look at what got you where you are, and change your course, then how do you know you won’t end up there again? Wouldn’t you rather get to the roots of what ails you and stop it in its tracks?  Perhaps there are pearls of wisdom within that are waiting to enrich your life……

Dig deep.  Be Honest.  Be willing to get at the roots of your problems why, when, and how you are ready so that you don’t repeat those unpleasant patterns.   Don’t most great parents want that for their children? In other words,  be healthy, live well.  Stop living the patterns that hold you back. And, LISTEN to those whispers before they become shouts that hit you up side the head and sideline you.  Or, derail you…..  And, aren’t you the parent for your Inner Child, and all other parts of yourself now?

What is your body trying to tell you?

It pretty much boils down to looking at metaphors.  May I illustrate?

Have you ever had pain or tension in your neck?  If you are like most people, you have at some point, right?

Did you question what you “did” that may have caused, or at least contributed to it?  Maybe you postulated that you slept on it wrong.  Or perhaps you suspected your pillow was the culprit.  Or, maybe you thought you worked on the computer for too long.  Maybe you craned your neck to watch your favorite little performer on stage in the school play.  And, yes, those may have played a part.

the wisdom of your mind and body may help you discover that your sore neck isn't just from your sleep position

But did you ask what was going on in your life at the time?  Did you question what your dominant thoughts and resulting feelings were?  Did you consider that perhaps your pillow, sleep posture, computer use, or “spectatorship” were just the proverbial “straw”?

Let’s look at the naked truth of your anatomy.

Above your neck is your head, which is generally considered to be the area in which your intellect resides.  It is the “thought center”, where the brains behind your operation reside.  Right?

And, below your neck is your heart (among other things, but bear with me here).  Can you relate to your heart as the more “feeling” center?  A part of you that guides your decisions from a more love-based, passion-driven, feeling oriented place?

Do your head and your heart always agree when there is a decision to be made?  Is your heart always in it?  Does your head always yield to your heart’s desires?  Or, is there a tug-of-war going on?

What might it be like to be your neck living in between the two? Is it caught in that debate?  Isn’t your neck the proverbial rope?

And, what if you have been sticking your neck out for others, or struggling to hold your head up high? What takes the brunt of those “efforts”?

Doesn’t pondering those questions take you in a very different direction than simply changing out your bothersome pillow when you get to it – again and again?

Are you listening to the wisdom of your heart, now? Is your head objecting?

Many people tell me they hold their stress in their neck.  Asking the deep, tough questions can reveal much.  But, being TRULY willing to listen to, and honor the answers, is how you resolve those cycles in terms of how you deal with your life.

Bodywork that supports resolving the physical patterns at the root will help more directly with the physical effects of stress.

What does the wisdom of your mind and body say? What opportunities are there for you to approach your life differently so that you not just feel better, but are actually BEING better?

Are you ready to tune in to the wisdom of your mind and body?

Tuning in helps you get to the roots of what ails you to create lasting change.  It is a first big step toward re-writing those programs in your mind that are holding you where you are.  It also is a huge step toward releasing those patterns as they play out in your body.  Furthermore, the wisdom of your mind and body IS within you – a gift from nature awaiting your attention.

the wisdom of your mind and body can help you get to the roots of what ails you for lasting change

There are various resources and experts on the mind-body connection, each with their own expertise.  They may talk of chakras, energy medicine, your intuition, etc.   I have drawn from several perspectives over the years myself.  Carolyn Myss, Barbara Brennan, Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, Dr. Christine Page, Anodea Judith, and Louise Hay to name a few.

It is a matter of deciding its important, learning to listen, heightening your awareness, and learning to decode all of the wisdom, signs, and signals along the way.  It is a process, which works for me, and many others just like you.

Your inner wisdom, the wisdom of your mind and body, is aware of what lies in all aspects of your mind, even beyond your conscious awareness.  It can help you to resolve those unresolved emotional issues, and create new patterns of believing, thinking, and BEING.

You have the POWER within you to create your life and health.

You have the wisdom of your mind and body guiding you in doing that.  And, all you have to do is….. Listen.

If you’d like a refresher on the role your mind plays in your health, please refer to my earlier posts.

If you’d like to go beyond that to a more in-depth resource on the power within your mind, and the roles its various aspects play in running you, you may want to check out: http://themindunleashed.org/2014/03/conscious-subconscious-unconscious-mind-work.html

And, if you’d like more individual guidance on harvesting the pearls of wisdom in your mind and body, contact me today for a complimentary consultation:

 

 

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