I often hear it when clients sign up for health coaching. They’ll say, “I know I need to eat better, I know I need daily exercise, I know I need to quit my job, I know I need to end my dead-end relationship, I know I need to relax…”
Most of us know exactly what we need to do to help ourselves, but we don’t take action on it.
Why the heck not?
I believe it’s because we haven’t been taught to make our self and our health our number one priority.
Self-care is not on the agenda at our schools and it’s not taught in our homes or workplace. So where are we supposed to learn this valuable information?
For me, experience was the best teacher. I learned about self-care and the body’s natural ability to heal through my own sickness. I was dysfunctionally programmed, like many other humans on this planet, to wait until disease came and knocked me to the floor before I made an effort to do something.
The “something” I did was not recommended by my doctors. What I did was considered radical and unconventional.
Instead of taking radioactive iodine to destroy my thyroid and then be on synthroid for the rest of my life, I chose to take full responsibility for the disease I manifested; the disease living inside my body, being fed by my poor diet and lifestyle choices. You can read that full story here: Radiate My Thyroid? What?! No Freakin’ Way!
Within fourteen days of taking responsibility for my health and incorporating self-care, I noticed improvements; clear skin, better sleep, regular bowel movements, and increased energy.
Very quickly, I made the connection that within me lives an innate healing power. All I had to do was nourish it with the proper physical, emotional and spiritual food it needed to thrive.
It’s been almost twenty years since making that initial commitment to self-care, and today my vibrant health (as well as the health of many clients and students) is proof that Thyroid disease, and many other diseases, is curable.
The ability to heal an imbalanced or diseased condition takes patience, persistence and hard work, and you are worth it. It’s time that we learned how to put our health first and incorporate self-care as an option for our health-care.
Here are some simple steps to activating your body’s innate healing wisdom:
STEP ONE – Take responsibility for your illness. This may sound harsh, but whatever the condition is, own it. It is yours.
STEP TWO – Become aware of your physical body and notice how it “feels” on a daily basis:
- Is it aching?
- Is your skin irritated?
- Do you have vibrant energy?
- Are you struggling to get through the day?
- Are you sleeping well?
- Is your digestive system functioning properly?
If your body is not functioning properly it’s time for some serious self-care. Hire a health coach for gosh sakes!
STEP THREE – Eat clean and get off the crap! Our daily food becomes our cells, our blood, our organs, our body, and our mind. We are what we eat. And, I mean that literally! If we eat food filled with indigestible chemical substances that impair the immune system, we cannot create vibrant health. Put your money where your mouth is and purchase local, seasonal food that is naturally grown and lovingly prepared. It’s as simple, and as hard, as that.
STEP FOUR – After getting “clean” dig deeper into the emotional body (the chakras). It’s here you can begin recognizing behavior patterns that may or may not be health-supportive. It’s time to discover who you are and what is your relationship to yourself and to the world around you. If I had simply changed my diet and my lifestyle without working on my emotional body, self-healing may not have been quite as effective.
STEP FIVE – Incorporate ancient healing techniques or use any modern healing practice that works with the body/mind/spirit, and not against it. Some healing methods I use include acupuncture, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, chiropractic, shamanic drumming, chanting, chakra healing, meditation, herbalism, and many others.
Of course, there are many more steps to healing, but the above are the basics.
Always remember, that as long as you are alive and breathing you can improve any condition. When we become aware of our situation and take full responsibility for what we have created, we can flip the switch from disease-promoting to self-healing at any time.
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