Listen to your body Part 2
My Dear Friend and Fitness Enthusiast, I certainly hope you are feeling spectacular and looking as spectacular as you feel! However if you are experiencing anything less than spectacular like pain, excess pounds, or any form of illness, then I encourage you to read the story of what recently happened to me. The sole purpose [...]
My Dear Friend and Fitness Enthusiast,
I certainly hope you are feeling spectacular and looking as spectacular as you feel!
However if you are experiencing anything less than spectacular like pain, excess pounds, or any form of illness, then I encourage you to read the story of what recently happened to me. The sole purpose of sharing my story is so you can “hear” and understand the message your body is trying to convey.
I’m not gonna lie- it’s a little longer than I usually write, but so worth reading because, well, YOU and your body are so worth it!
Listen to Your Body Part 1 Continued…
After a good 30 min of curling up into a ball because I was in so much pain, about to faint after my 9 sprints (cause I physically couldn’t do my 10th one) saying the words “Oh my god please help me” over and over, thinking I may need to call an ambulance, but also trying to figure out what the cost of this would be since I just had cancelled my health insurance. (kinda funny the way the mind works) I was just praying that this would go away. I knew in the past when this had occurred it did go away so I was hoping the same would happen. Thank Goodness it did! But I did not need to let it get to this extremity.
Ok, a little background…
A year and a half ago I discovered I had ovarian cysts thanks to the pain I was feeling after I did some high intensity exercise or while having sex (not meaning to be explicit, but if you are a woman and experiencing pain down there you should get checked, it’s not normal) The doc said it could go away on its own or by taking a birth control pills. I truly didn’t want to take birth control pills because I know all their negative harmful effects so I thought I would wait about a month for my next check up and see if they went away on its own. They didn’t so I took them to find relief and they went away. I gained about 10 lbs. that month from the pills. It really messes up your system on so many other levels (hence all the warning labels on them), but that’s a whole other topic I can write a newsletter about some other time.
And Now, I knew they were (are) back
You see, the birth control pills took care of the symptoms and pain, but the root problem was not dealt with. Let me explain.
When I first got the cysts it was at a time in my life where I was working a ton. Actually, my body was also experiencing lots of injuries too. I remember, all the sudden my knee swelled up and I had to walk with a walker for 3 days- out of nowhere, so I thought! Ha. Of-course it stemmed from somewhere, but it wasn’t anything I did to officially hurt myself on a physical level. In retrospect, I know that it came from thoughts which create emotion in which I suppressed. These emotions have to go somewhere, so in the body they go and turn into dis-ease. (By the way there is actual research that supports this mind body connection, I’ll share with you at the end) As for me, uniquely, it created cysts and injuries. All the pressure I put on myself to do well career wise, created stress, which then created dis harmony and dis-ease.
This similar situation is also happening now. As you may know I moved to LA recently (4 months now) in pursuit of my dreams, all purely based on my intuition. I know -like I know- I am meant to do great things in the world and Los Angeles, California is where I felt I was meant to be in this phase of my life. For me, I know when an idea is born out of nowhere that is when I “listen” most. (Side note: preconceived Ideas on exactly what great things I’m going to do out here in LA is where the disconnect is and it can lead in the wrong direction because it can created false expectations)
I left my life back home in Florida including my family, friends, and my boyfriend. I came all by myself knowing no one really and in fact, for the first 2 weeks I lived with someone I hadn’t planned on. So it started off with stress, even though I always do my best to align myself with what feels joyful and happy. But, it doesn’t take away from the reality I was experiencing. I realize I have these high expectations of myself and have ended up putting a load of pressure and overdoing to achieve what I set out for. I TRULY believe this is where the ovarian cyst pain that knocked me to my knees came from (haven’t checked just yet, but it’s an educated guess based on my history).
The Message was loud and clear. I actually heard it as I lay flat on the floor sweaty and breathing kinda’ heavy after the menacing 30 minutes of pure pain that radiated throughout my entire body in the form of goosebumps. Even my face turned white while having a California tan.
This time, with a slight smile on my face, I said “Thank You so much dear God for giving me this Pain. Thank you for this message and this gift” Sounds a little crazy, but I am totally thankful that this happened; It could have been worse. More importantly I got the message of what I needed to remember to do: Slow down, open up, trust the process, allow, be more loving and kind to myself, rest, and know that I am safe.
My body had been trying to tell me with the sprained ankle, but I didn’t listen. It tried to tell me with my hip/glute and hamstring pain that literally felt it was going to snap, and again I ignored it. So my body had to tell me in a more aggressive way that would surely call my attention like that of the Highest Ranked, and most respected Army drill Sergeant… And I the soldier instantly said “Sir, Yes Sir”. Or even more symbolic, I surrendered on my knees and bowed before God. I became vulnerable and naked like a newborn baby.
This entire week I decided to do Yoga. Yoga opens, expands, relaxes, and gracefully contains energy- something I desperately needed. I hadn’t practiced Yoga in about two months which explains the imbalance I was experiencing. In addition, I got body work done by a good friend of mine and an excellent 35 year therapist Peter Michael.
I’m an intense, strong, go getter person in most aspects of my life and doing something opposite of that is necessary for me to be balanced. This is when I can be of BEST service to you and others since I would be at my fullest potential. Already coming back to what I know is my ideal happiest self and this allows me to stand in my power and own it.
So, I would love for you to take this moment and assess.
Do you feel as though you are feeling pain anywhere? A bit of a cold? Achy? A weird skin rash? Overweight? Not in the greatest shape you’d like to be? There is a reason. This means it’s time to take care of you! Do whatever it takes to love and nurture yourself. I don’t care if it’s a bubble bath, a massage, sitting in meditation (although doing this daily is best), getting back to prayer, going out to dance, buying foods that are healthy and nutrient dense as opposed to processed or fast foods, or getting on a workout program with me! (P.S. next Gfin6 Extreme transformation program is July 9th) Bottom line is to not neglect the clear signs your body is giving you and DO something about it.
Do you feel resistance anywhere? Is there fear? Anger? Someone in your life you have not forgiven? Let it go my friend, it no longer serves you! Put your energy towards things that are healing and show love for yourself.
Last thing, Two Great Books I would recommend to help are Louise L. Hay’s “You can Heal Your Life” and If you are more of a I need science to prove it type of individual, than get this one Dr. John Sarno’s “Healing Back Pain: The mind Body Connection” -Although I would actually buy the DVD for this one instead, so much easier to understand than the book and is very practical to use the information instantly.
With most love and dedication,
P.S. Look out for a very special interview I did on The topic of Healing your Creative Center by using a specific breathing method based on Mayan wisdom which can help you in the areas of weight loss, relationships, sex, and money!