Disclaimer: I had another topic I was working on this week but this kept coming up in my conversations recently so I HAVE to share. This will probably be unedited so apologies for the grammar police out there!
I’m a firm believer that our mental state influences our physical body. When our health is failing, it’s because we allow it to…consciously or unconsciously. No one wants to take ownership in the fact they caused their ailments but it’s true.
“What we think, we become.” -Buddha
For the past 6ish weeks I’ve been battling with on and off again plugged ducts from breastfeeding my son. Initially I tried explaining why they were happening because of a suspected tounge/lip tie or improper latch. Either one of these conditions could very well contribute to the situation but it wasn’t until I started addressing myself that I began to feel some relief.
Louise Hay wrote a fantastic book called “You Can Heal Your Life” (“Heal Your Body” is a condensed version with the metaphysical ways to overcome illness) and I refer to it often within my personal life as well as professional. Here is what she attribute breast issues to…
Condition: Breast Problems (Cysts, Lumps, Soreness, Mastitis, etc.)
Probable Cause: A refusal to nourish the self. Putting everyone else first. Overmothering. Overprotection. Overbearing attitude.
New thought Pattern: I am important. I count. I now care for and nourish myself with love and with joy. I allow others the freedom to be who they are. We are all safe and free.
DING! I have been struggling with these certain attributes in my life. Taking time to focus on my needs really helped balance this and guess what…My plugged ducts went away!
What a cool way to approach our health. Instead of only addressing the physical symptoms that present themselves, take responsibility for the underlying cause. Our mental, physical, and spiritual bodies are all in checks and balances with one another. If there is discord in one of the bodies then there must be discord in the others as well. Hmmm…interesting…
When was the last time you were in unconditional service to another human? Truly in a place with no judgement or expectation. As a healer, it’s in my nature to easily integrate this concept into daily interactions but it also allows me to witness the selfish tendencies of others. It’s also shocking to realize that those who are in a “service” roll for others and are truly not in service of that particular individual. Corporate agendas, monetary compensation, quotas, and so much more can influence one’s ability to honestly and openly serve another.
This automatically makes me think of the current western medical community…I mean doctors are often referred to as “service providers” but who are they actually serving? Now, I am making some generalizations and I am not anti-western medicine. I have met some doctors/nurses/staff that genuinely think the overwhelming number of patients dissatisfied with their medical stories speaks volumes. Everyone wants to feel heard, especially when it comes to their health, but increasingly this is not the case.
I was just visiting with a friend who just recently welcomed her first child in a hospital setting. As she was sharing her birth experience she kept mentioning that certain healthcare professionals were not listening to her during her labor process. She felt intimidated and scared because of their lack of empathy, or more so, their judgement of “I know better because I see this everyday…” It echoed with much of the dissatisfaction I experienced in my own hospital birth. This breaks my heart as a woman, a healer, and as a human. When did experience suddenly trump the present moment? When did we stop listening to laboring mothers because “science knows better”?
Any pain, illness, or disease ultimately is manifested by our own will (conscious or not). Western medicine has removed the personal aspect of their service. Therefore it is up to us to advocate for ourselves, stand firm in our beliefs, and take responsibility for the quality of care we deserve. By making informed and educated decisions, we will all live happier, healthier, and hopefully hopeful:)