Sometimes in an effort to heal we focus on the wrong thing. Actually a lot of times we do. We often focus on getting rid of symptoms instead of fixing the actual issue.
It's not completely our fault. This is how marketers have trained us to think. Quick fixes instead of prevention or root causes.
Food and nutrition are essential parts of the healing process. Especially a healing process that gets beyond the surface symptoms.
Unfortunately hyper focusing on our food sometimes is really just another way of focusing on the wrong thing. Distracting us from another deeper issue.
It’s often more simple to micro manage food choices, follow meal plans and take the advice of experts. Digging any deeper beyond food can cause us to freeze and maybe even poo poo it, saying it isn’t that important.
There’s more to the healing equation for a great many of us though. We are the ones you don’t hear about. The people not plastered all over the inter webs and used on ad campaigns. We skulk in the background feeling lost and hopeless because all the promises just don’t seem to be working.
We are the unheard. Out of shame and embarrassment we keep quiet thinking it’s us, something is wrong with us.
What I have found is often ‘wrong’ is that we aren’t paying attention to the right things. The more difficult things.
On my own journey, and that of several of my colleagues and good friends, there has been a time when manipulating diet or nutrition just wasn't doing anything. We are all health nerds and so eat fairly impeccably, but then there is a point when we plateau. No matter what healing diet, macronutrient ratio or how little imperfect moments we have...nada. Of course we've had all the tests: blood, stool, urine, breath. Tried protocols to go with the results and zilch.
I want it to be about food because that's what I know most about. I can control that fairly easily.
When you feel like you have tried everything…usually we have to look deeper. Into our emotional self, beliefs, lifestyle and habits.
It's time to get real honest with ourselves, and ask questions like:
How much am I sleeping?
Do I enjoy my work?
Is my work environment a positive one?
What habits am I trying to lie to myself about? The amount I drink, or smoke? Amount of exercise?
Do I need help from a professional?
Am I truly motivated to get better?
And the really hard ones:
Is there something in my past I haven't yet dealt with? Hurt, anger, resentment, guilt?
Do I value my own worth?
Do I ever consider my own wants and needs?
Am I following someone else's path for my life?
How do I speak to myself? Is it constantly negative?
Very often our emotional well being affects of physical health. These feelings will fester in the body until it becomes an ailment.
Getting into these thoughts can be like pulling teeth. We store them deep down, in the dark nooks and crannies of ourself. The emotions hide from us no matter how hard we try to catch them to throw them out once and for all. We think we are ready to deal with all the darkness and hard truths but it's like it's coated in butter and it keeps slipping through our fingers.
One way I've found to tackle this hard part of healing is through yoga.
A yoga practice coaxes these deep feelings and thoughts out of the body through posture, breath and meditation. There is no where for it to go. Caught red handed it spills out onto the mat and sometimes we can be surprised by the tears that flow onto our cheeks and the sobs that come from our chest.
In yoga we confront ourselves and surrender to the release.
When our nutrition is on point, and we've gone down dozens of healing avenues, tried several modalities and still haven't found solace. It may be time to face ourselves on the mat.
PS. Have you ever had an emotional experience during yoga? I know I have and sometimes I don't even know what it's about! Tell me about your experience in the comments below.