4 Rules To A Healthier Life
A little headache now and then, some lower back pain, a sore throat, an upset stomach…who hasn’t experienced these in their life? We all go through some aches and pains every once in a while. The question is HOW aware are you of the deeper meaning of the pain(s) your body expresses?
As Yoga is the path of Self-Discovery, it is of great importance to look at the root cause of discomfort in our bodies. Our current society accepts living in stress as a “normal” reaction to our fast-paced lifestyles. Neurosis, according to the Collins English Dictionary is “a mental condition which causes people to have unreasonable fears and worries over a long period of time.” Ummm….sounds pretty normal to me. Fears and worries? Don’t we all have them? To some degree or another, we are a little neurotic…or, a lot. How we deal with neurosis is where the key to success lies.Here are four rules to remember, in order to live a healthier life:
1. The body remembersAll living being are made up of energetic centers, called “chakras”. We have 7 of them. Through these, energy flows. Blocked energy in our seven chakras can often lead to illness, therefore, we must understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. Unresolved traumatic instances create blockages in our energetic field. The body remembers, even from early childhood, the occurrences in which we felt sad, scared, trapped, misunderstood, under appreciated, etc. Awakening to conscious living means listening to our bodies and resolving these past issues with awareness and loving kindness. Yoga asanas are great to move stagnant energy. Through breath and movement, we sublimate energies and, much like brushing our teeth daily, we keep a clean body and peaceful mind.
2. Pain isn’t shallowThere is a plethora of literature out there on metaphysics and the causes of illness in our bodies. Louise Hay is one of my favorite authors on the matter. In her book, “You Can Heal Your Life”, she depicts the underlying, deeper causes for a vast range of common maladies such as migraines, back pain, and even more dramatic, severe illnesses such as cancer. The key premise of the book is the connection of mind and body and how through affirmations, we truly come to shape our reality. A sore throat for example, might have its underlying cause in the inability to express your needs and emotions. Difficulty breathing might mean there’s a blockage on the level of trust and openness to forgiveness, or deep seated sadness in your heart. Frequent headaches might be trying to inform you of increased levels of stress you need to look at in your life, in order to set yourself free.
3. Medicine just muffles the messengerBut instead of listening to our body – which is always the perfect messenger, we swallow pills galore and avoid the responsibility over our health of mind, body and soul. Isn’t it easier to give in to the industry, close our eyes and take a couple more paracetamol, expecting for the pain to go away? Well, you might be able to muffle it for a few hours, or even a few days. However, until deeper changes at the level of consciousness are made, the symptoms will come back, most likely, even stronger than before. Our soul always seeks balance, peace, health and wellbeing. It seeks to be content, at ease. Rather than shooting the messenger, may I suggest asking deeper questions and sitting in silence to receive the answers?
4. Living mindfully is a dedicated practiceHow aware are you of your thought patterns? Are you able to catch yourself when you’re having a negative thought or when you give your power away? The old adage “You make me happy”, as romantic as it sounds, it absolute bullsh*t. NO ONE can MAKE you happy, the same way as no one can make you unhappy. Happiness is a choice. And you are the only one who can choose for yourself. Meditation is a great tool to dive deep into the seat of the soul and start to live more mindfully. If you’ve never tried it before, you might want to start with guided meditations, where you train yourself to relax, from the gross to the subtle, in order to release stress and tensions and reconnect with your inner sense of peace. The heart always knows the way back home. Listen to your body, it’s wise beyond words.
Stay grounded, drink more water and twerk on!