I am still re-posting old Mindful Monday posts as when I write this we are still in the process of moving and I have not the mind (:-) ) to write new posts. However, be warned 😉 there are some ideas brewing in my subconsciousness.
For now thought some thoughts I posted in May on my now retired blog “A Spirit of Healing”.
Welcome to Mindful Monday a blogging event that has been created by Colleen over atSilverthreading but for a while is hosted here at “A Spirit of Healing”. Colleen follows her call to tell the fairies stories, so her blog follows other paths.
Therefore, I have stepped in as I believe Mindful Monday is important, and it is important to have it as a weekly feature. Thanks Colleen for letting me be the host for the time being!
Mindful Monday is a blog feature to support each other on our mindful and healthy journeys. It is not a challenge but a community of bloggers who post insightful posts on Mondays which make us think, change and hopefully act too.
Please feel free to leave your link to your Mindful Monday post in the comments, so the Mindful Monday community has the chance to head over to your place and give and get support.
I am looking forward to reading your insights for this week!
I ponder my body a lot lately
A few weeks ago Helen over at “This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time” wrote about how we should listen to our bodies no matter what doctors tell us. After all, we live with our bodies and not the doctors not matter how good their medical degree is.
I am pondering my body a lot lately. First of all, I have never really been aware of my body. It was a source of terrible pain, carrying the memories of past abuse and one way of surviving my childhood was not be too aware of my body.
Of course, you can’t hide from having your period or when you break your leg, you do feel it no matter how much apart you feel from yourself. However, I was never interested in doing it some good. I did as little exercise as possible (I entirely believe in Churchill’s directive: First of all no sports!), ate at times near to nothing and a beauty regime is a foreign word to me. Still.
I stumbled across a book that explores the relationship of body and trauma
However, I stumbled across a book at Goodreads, which examined the relationship of body and sexual abuse. It is called “The Body Remembers” by Babette Rothschild. I haven’t read the book yet but it made me think about my relationship with my body and how doing my body some good might help my healing process. On top of that, I suffer from a lot of body pain that has no apparent reason. I have been to my GP’s on many occasions and they have been so good to check on the obvious things like cancer however they didn’t find anything.
I drew the conclusion that these pains are psychosomatic
So what am I to do? I draw the conclusion that these pains in my body are psychosomatic and dealing with them with medication won’t change anything. And experience shows me that it doesn’t. I felt though like I needed to do something so I read up on the uses of essential oils and have started a routine of oiling my body with different mixes of carrier oil and essential oils depending on the problem.
I do not care about the placebo effect: If it helps me I am fine with it!
No, this is not a wonder cure. The pain is often still there but I feel more in control of it. And it feels like it is less. Some of you might think: “Well, that is the placebo effect“. And I suspect it might as well be. But why should I care? It increases my well being enormously; it is cost effective with hardly any side effects if you know about the uses of oils. Placebo effect, in my opinion, means that something heals without the pharmaceutical industry making any profits and that in my opinion is a good thing. I do not care how you call what is helping me as long as it helps me.
A mix of allopathic and holistic healing is the best way in my opinion
Of course, if I get strange or new symptoms I will go and let my GP check out what might be wrong. I believe that working with both allopathic and holistic healing is the best way to get to a healthier and better me.
And I believe being aware of my body and giving it what it needs is part of mindfulness. Being a whole a person and not just mind and soul, but mind, soul AND body that is what Mindfulness teaches us. It might be a painful experience because we need to acknowledge what pains us and work on it on many levels. But overall it will give us a much better wellbeing.
What do you believe? Does doing your body something good helping your mental health?