The Wisdom Of The Body

Even after all the work I've done and things I've seen, I always find myself in awe when I am witness to the power of the mind/body connection.

This morning I woke up with a pounding headache, and by the time I arrived at work two hours later, it was a full blown migraine-- the intense sensitivity to light and sound had me wanting to curl up in a ball and cry. I was just starting an 11 hour shift and found my mind spiraling into fear-based thoughts of, "Oh my god, this is going to be the worst day ever!" and "Ughhh I hate being in pain! Go away!"

Then I remembered a Truth the plants in Peru taught me: pain is a messenger and it is always here to teach us something.

So, I decided to switch to more positively affirming thoughts such as, "Thank you body for all the work you do. Thank you for this lesson you are trying to teach me. Please help me to understand. I am healthy, I am strong."

When I shifted my thought patterns to those that recognize that everything is happening not TO me, but FOR me and I took the time to tune into the messages that were waiting to be heard, I almost instantly received the insight:

"You are dehydrated and you're holding tension from X area of your life in your neck. Focus on relaxing your neck and shoulders. Breathe light into this area of your life. Go drink some water. This is an opportunity for you to trust in the healing power of your body. Are you willing to surrender?"

I breathed a deep sigh of relief and gave gratitude for the opportunity being presented to me-- the chance to let go of the old belief that I have no control over my body and the space to witness the ever-present healing power that my body holds.

Moments later, I felt the tension moving up from my neck and out through the top of my head and later I realized that without pain, there would be no opportunity to experience the magic of relief.