Our body’s talk: But do we listen?
Do you ever find it difficult to listen to your body? I do.
My dog is a barker. So to limit her barking in the apartment building, I’ve been picking her up when I take her in and out of the building. That in itself isn’t necessarily bad, but I was carrying her on my right side and I have an old injury on that side of my body so I need to be careful. Was I? No. And now I’m suffering for it.
Yesterday I needed to go to Costco and get my monthly supplies, and as I was waiting for the bus (that was 20 minutes late) I was in a lot of pain. And I cursed myself for not paying attention to the warning signs my body had been giving me earlier in the week. Luckily I’d taken a pain reliever before I’d gone to the bus stop so the aching subsided, eventually.
I am finishing up my groceries today at Walmart and then I’m going to really take it easy this weekend. I’m closer to 50 than 40 (by one year), and though I’ve been strength training for a couple years now, I still need to honour what my body is telling me.
I realized as I was standing there suffering while I waited for the bus that I was putting my neighbours, and even my dog, before my own health. That comes directly from the belief that I can’t take my own space. That I need to earn people’s love and respect before I love and respect myself. I was even willing to put my dog ahead of my own health.
I realized how “crazy” that was and decided not to behave that way anymore. I do want to get along with my neighbours as well as I can, but not at the expense of my health. Also this is an animal-friendly apartment building, so they likely expect, well, some animals.
I looked up in Christiane Northrup‘s book, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, hip and joint problems and sciatica and they originate in the first chakra, the root chakra, and that is an area in our bodies that deals with independence and dependence. And that is exactly why I’m here living alone, to prove to myself that I can live completely independently and not only survive, but flourish.
So it’s no surprise that I’m having issues with my root chakra. I have had some skin problems on my face that come from root chakra issues, so I am obviously firmly dealing with some old, very significant patterns in my life.
Though it isn’t easy, and is painful not only emotionally but physically, it is helping me realize that I’m really making some great progress in facing my fears.
And today I’m going to continue my gratitude journal by being thankful for my clients.
I am grateful for my wonderful writing and editing clients.
Over the 17 plus years I’ve been working freelance through my business The way is love,I have met and worked with some very amazing clients. Many of whom have become my good friends as well. I have had the privilege to work on novels, screenplays, self-help books, websites, alternative medicine books, and many children’s books too.
My work is part of who I am, and I can’t separate it from myself as a writer and editor. I really love what I do, and feel extremely thankful that I can work at a career that I love getting up in the morning to do. I know not everyone can say that and I’m very thankful I can.
The pain my body has been bombarding me with is yet another example of how wise our bodies are, and how important it is to pay attention to them. And I will do my best to take it easy and help my body heal because in doing so I will be healing my issues with independence as well.
From the series, Because I’m a woman and because I can! by Jacqueline Snider, writer and editor
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