When you are stressed, where do you feel it in your body? Place one hand on that area.
Chances are, answering that question took you less time than reading this sentence. Perhaps you put your hand on your neck (i.e. muscle tension), head (i.e. headaches), or gut (i.e. digestive discomfort)…the list is as long as the stressors responsible for them.
If I were to ask you what’s causing the stress, my guess is that those of you with neck tension would not reply, “interaction of actin and myosin filaments,” just as those with headaches wouldn’t say “problems with pain-sensitive structures in my head.” Even though these physical realities exist, it is more likely that you’d mention a fight with a loved one, financial concerns, or feeling burned-out at work. In short: unresolved thoughts and/or emotions.
Which means that to fully address your physical ache, you need to connect to the non-physical realities that come with it. How to do this? The first step is to understand what the stress is telling you. Step outside of its discomfort, put your objective goggles on, and start listening to why your body, mind, and/or emotions are yelling so loudly. They are not yelling for the heck of it. Rather, they are telling you that something’s out of whack—that there’s a part of you that has been neglected and requires your attention. For instance, work pressures resulting in neck tension might be asking you to investigate stifled self-expression. Family dynamics causing digestive discomfort might highlight deep concerns around self-worth. There’s always a greater story being told. So, perhaps it’s time to quiet the mind and start listening to the wisdom of your body…
Fortunately, we live in a time when there are many ways to do so. Here are just a couple of ways that I can help you:
- Private health sessions online and at The Ash Center. If you sense that you are being called to live the next phase of “you” but don’t really know what that means or how to go about doing it…send me an email 🙂
- The Wisdom of Your Body book. This Dr. Steph classic is still here to help you decipher the greater meaning underlying your body regions in a simple, clear, user-friendly format.
- Your Body and The Stars (YBATS). The zodiac is an ancient lens into your modern body. Want to learn about it live? Then come to Namaste Bookshop on Oct 4th for an intimate book talk with me and renowned astrologer Rebecca Gordon…or, if you live in Boston, I’d love to see you at an afternoon workshop at Borealis Community Yoga in Boston on Oct 22, where we’ll talk about the signs in relationship to your health.
Whether you opt for my offerings or otherwise, the kicker is to choose the one(s) that works for you. Not because it sounds good, or appears in popular magazines, or is what you’re used to doing, but because it gives you the experience you need to step into your best version of you.