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Unorthodox Idea #6
Befriend Your Body.
“You mean, you’ll put down your rock and I’ll put down my sword and we’ll try and kill each other like civilized people?” – from The Princess Bride
When I was first diagnosed with Lupus, I was lucky enough to receive superb medical care and getting the right cocktail of prescription drugs shifted my experience from one of utterly painful paralysis to taking a long jog in the park within a matter of days. In the short-term, western medicine saved my life and I am grateful for it. In the long-term, though, I knew I’d need to save my own, especially with a label like “incurable” tagging along behind me everywhere I went.
Befriending my body meant realizing my body is 1)all of me, and therefore, 2)not against me, and 3)not some separate thing I can “hand over to the experts to fix.” I knew I needed to forge a loving relationship with the very thing that seemed to be betraying me and my life plans.
One easy and totally accessible way to start to befriend our bodies is to put down our swords. We can embrace that in order to move towards true, lasting health, a holistic approach is not only preferable, it is necessary. To start, we’ve got to see that our minds and bodies are constantly sending messages to each other, and that how we do that matters. Modern medicine approaches (particularly when utilized solely) have a tendency to engender an antagonistic relationship between our minds and our bodies, and you can hear it in the very language we use. Visit any conventional cancer ward, and you’ll hear words and phrases like “kill the cancer cells”; “get rid of”; “destroy”; “eliminate”; “infested”; “battle”; “fight”; etc. Sure, the idea is to get whatever is toxic and poisonous out, but in the meanwhile, these are our bodies we are talking about.
We all know that sticks and stones can break our bones…but words hurt the worst. The last thing our bodies need when they are sick is more violence — particularly coming from us! We simply can’t wage a war against our own lifeblood and expect to heal from the inside out. What we can do is change our language. We can nurture the delicate processes of healing with a delicacy of speech, thought, and belief. Doing so instantly shifts our relationship both to our disease and to our bodies.
So, put down your sword, and instead, send some loving messages to the systems in your body that are working to right things. Write yourself a letter. Talk about your journey with others using the kind of language you would use with a toddler. And, thank your body for all that it’s doing to move you along towards another day. After all, we all work better with a little encouragement.
I’ll see you tomorrow for Unorthodox Idea #7.