The words we choose in our thinking, our speech and our writing, have an impact on how we feel and our ability to heal.
Have you ever noticed how a word can bring up a certain feeling inside of you? A sensation, a thought or an emotion?
Choosing a word that connects with your heart and soul can be not only uplifting, but also brings physical well being.
If you have a few moments, let’s explore.
Take your time as you connect to each of the words below. Go slowly. You can say them out loud:
Pause here and close your eyes. What is alive in you in this moment? Is there a warmth, softening, a feeling of tenderness or love perhaps? How is your breathing? Are you smiling? (me too!) Notice how these words manifest themselves in your mind body and spirit.
Now take a deep breath and take the same time connecting to each of these words:
Pause here and close your eyes. What is alive in you in this moment? Is there tension or constriction or heaviness perhaps? How is your breathing? Notice how these words manifest themselves in your mind body and spirit.
In general when it is a word associate with lack, dis-ease, suffering or violence, our body responds by becoming tense, our breath shallows and there is resistance. In western medicine when there is resistance in our body it leads to inflammation, and increases our level of stress. These are both proven factors for disease.
I believe in western medicine, but I also believe that when there is constriction and tension our life energy contracts as well and a part of inner state becomes blocked. This impacts our emotional and physical wellness.
In yoga, when the life energy (prana) is blocked it can be released with postures, breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation. In Chinese medicine these blockages in Chi can be released through acupuncture.
No matter what we believe in our minds, our body has its own kind of intelligence.
Listen to your body’s wisdom.
Be mindful of your thoughts and your words. Your body is always listening!