Oh my goodness, we are almost at the end of January! Where did that time go? It feels like yesterday where we were seeing in the New Year… So my visions of spending days mooching on the beach have been slightly delayed with this weather that we have been having. But in saying that it’s been great to catch up on some reading and I guess to some extent to mooch around the house.
Part of my reading has been re-connecting with a favourite book of mine ‘The secret language of your body’ by Inna Segal. This book looks at the emotional aspect to physical symptoms or disease in your body. I love it as its simple straight forward information with some fantastic healing meditations to do, that are not hours long. As part of this read I was going over the principles to healing section, which resonated with me, especially with the naturopathic principles of healing that I follow, and I thought these are so relatable to us all, as we all tend to rush our bodies to heal, so I have chosen to share them with you.
1.Commit to making your health a priority; believe you are a valuable human being who deserves brilliant health and well-being. Making your health a priority gives you the opportunity to examine your thinking. Are you open-minded and willing to explore the root cause of your dis-ease or discomfort, are you prepared to work on releasing negativity that may have contributed to your condition? Is your definition of healing taking a pill and perhaps shutting down your body? True healing means listening to the messages your body is trying to give you and then making changes, which creates ease and flow – rather than dis-ease and stuckness in your body and your life.
2. Feel your emotions, instead of keeping them buried. Many people spend much time thinking rather than feeling, because they find the experience of ‘feeling’ uncomfortable. When unwelcome feelings come up, they try to shut them down by being distracted, watching television, eating junk food, talking on the phone, reading a book, listening to music, smoking, taking drugs and so on. Your feelings hold the key to your well-being. They tell you what is honouring you and what is not; if your life is flowing the way it is meant to ; and if you are moving in the wrong direction. Your feelings give you the opportunity to expand, release pain, achieve your ideal weight, crate change and break down the armor that prevents you from experiencing health, peace and joy.
3. Breathe consciously. Many people breath shallowly, thus keeping the body tight, stagnant, and working harder. When you breathe slowly, deeply, and consciously, you feel your body, tune into your intuition, relax your mind, and purify the blood. You alos experience an increase in energy and well-being as the breath circulates energy around your body.
4. Eat healthfully and consciously. Most people know what makes a healthy diet. Yet in our stressed and busy lives, its so easy to go for fast food, which usually contains lots of fat, sugars and unhealthy chemicals. Often people eat quickly and on the go, without being aware of what they are eating, or truely tasting or enjoying your food, which leads to eating more than your body requires. Being healthy means eating healthy foods that nourishes your body and gives you energy, vitality and well-being. Take the time to create healthy food, eat it slowly and chew consciously, this gives your body the opportunity to heal and regenerate quickly and easily.
5. Move your body. Many people complain about feeling stagnant, depressed, uninspired, and overweight. However each person has the ability to create an exercise programme which creates and maintains a desired weight, and helps one become strong, healthy, lean and fit. Regular exercise can help you feel better about yourself, to enjoy your body, to have more energy, to detoxify and to heal. Plan an exercise programme you will enjoy such as walking, swimming, going to the gym, dancing, yoga, martial arts, tai chi etc.
6. Listen to your body. Recognise when you need to rest, play, have fun and work. What are your cycles? When are you at your best? What can you do to make your life more productive? It is when people don’t listen to their bodies that stress, tension, fear, frustration, anxiety and dis-ease set in. Take a break for a few minutes every couple of hours. Stretching, deep breathing or even a short meditation can make the difference between feeling tired, stagnant, and stressed or feeling healthy, creative, and relaxed.
7. Be Creative. Creativity allows you to relax, have fun and explore. It gives you opportunities to learn, expand, and discover your talents. When people are creative, they are often more inspired, imaginative and resourceful. Fun and creativity prolong your life, find activities you can participate in to express yourself creatively.
8. Colour, add more to your life. Colours can make people feel heavy, depressed, and fatigued or light, vibrant and joyful. Become aware of the colours that make you feel great and the qualities they have, and then add these colours to your life. This could mean painting your walls green, because green makes you feel relaxed and tranquil, wearing bright orange dress or shirt to feel vibrant, or bringing more flowers into your home for added renewal during winter, whatever it is make it colourful.
9. Make gratitude your attitude. Focus on all the great things you have in your life instead of thinking about what you don’t have. Complaining about your lack and limitation. Remember what you focus on grows; if you choose to focus on what you are unhappy about, it will multiply.
10. Make Laughter a priority. For a long time, people believed that they needed a reason to laugh. The benefits of laughter are so great that laughing for laughters sake has become the motto for countless people. There are things like laughter clubs, laughter yoga which teaches specific laughter exercises. Looking at life from a more humorous angle allows you to let go of stress and heal faster.
Principles by Inna Segal
I hope these principles resonate with you, and you can adapt your state of being for the better by making a few simple adjustments. If you need help or what to explore in more depth what is going on for you, drop us a line we are here to help. Have a fab week all!
Me ( your mobile naturopath).. more on that soon! Xx
Segal, I. (2010). The secret language of your body: The essential guide to health and wellness. Australia: Blue Angel Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9802865-5-7.