I have a new companion, a bed companion. These days I seem to wake up 2-3 times a night and on most occasions, it’s actually due to needing to go to the loo (too much tea) or being slightly uncomfortable in the position I’m lying in. In any case, my new companion manages to put me to sleep within a few minutes. His voice is soothing, calm, with a beautiful accent and the content of his messages helpful and positive. Here’s one of my favourite episodes.
Deepak Chopra, ‘Perfect Health’
Your body is an intelligent vehicle for the mind and spirit, always naturally and effortlessly working towards healing. Operating optimally and restoring balance.
In Ayurveda , the science of life, the goal is always to return the body to the level of perfect balance that lies within each person. No matter how ill. Conventional wisdom tells us that if we want to find this balance and be healthy, we must take care of ourselves. However, the real secret to lifelong good health, is actually the opposite.
We must allow our bodies to take care of us.
The human body consists of 50 trillion cells that function perfectly under the same guiding principle and the organ that governs and regulates that intelligence, is the brain. The entire physical system has been designed to maintain life indefinitely. Our cells have perfected specialised functions for each organ and tissue. They’ve learnt to cooperate with one another, staying in constant communication. Modern medicine for all its advances, knows less than 10% of what your body knows instinctively. In reality, doctors don’t heal their patients, they facilitate the body’s healing system – adding whatever is lacking when self-healing falters.
By the same logic, everything we do to take care of our bodies, is just an adjunct to letting our bodies take care of us. The brain and central nervous system send a constant stream of messages, creating a feedback loop of information. One side of the feedback loop runs automatically, the other side is affected by free will and choice. This is important to remember. Our perception of experiences and day-to-day choices enter our body’s feedback loop, sending a chemical signal from the brain to our cells. The entire feedback loop runs on that mechanisms and as far as the cell is concerned, there is no difference between a message that began as an emotion or one that began as estrogen or adrenaline.
While exercising, getting proper nutrition, avoiding toxins and other physical measures play roles in overall good health, more important are the messages our cells receive. The body is an intelligent mechanism, governed by a brain that will take care of us for life if we minimise negative messages and maximise those that are positive.
Today’s centering thought: I trust the wisdom of my body