24 May The body’s power
During the entire holy month of Ramadan, it is a question of resistance to deprival so as to reach closeness to God, but also to oneself. Let your body reveal its unsuspected powers…
Ramadan or the reappropriation of the body
The experience of fasting offers the opportunity to learn to listen, to listen to this body that suddenly reminds us that it exists. Under the effect of privation from water and food, the mind is forced to reconnect with its plinth to help it bear hunger and thirst. What if we took advantage of this precious month to take good resolutions for the rest of the year?
This body that we denigrate
Often limited to the purpose of appearance, the body has long been denigrated and relegated to the rank of superficiality. The individual who worshiped their body was necessarily someone with little concern for the matters of the mind.
This was denying the very strong bond between body and mind, and therefore the need to take care of both to be in good health. As proof that a healthy mind in a healthy body is the condition for well-being, psychological disorders often have a physical impact: stomach aches caused by distressing thoughts, a knot in the throat when one is afraid… Even more serious psychosomatic disorders that require consulting a professional.
Good news, times change, and the body is being increasingly recognized for what it is: a part of a whole, and especially the ground of powerful emotions. Knowing how to listen to these emotions helps in preventing any recovery by the mind, where said ailments are likely to anchor themselves psychologically.
To prevent pain, you just need to listen and take care of yourself. Do not wait for your body to scream to take care of it!
The ailment has said…
A transient headache will not mean much, although recurrent symptoms or unusual intensity can hide pent-up emotions. Here are some examples that recall the power of the body, including the ability to alert us when something is wrong:
|Shoulder pains||Conflict with authority or when one takes too much upon themself (burden)|
|Cervical pains, stiff neck||Intransigence, rigidity|
|Urinary infections||Difficulty in finding ones place|
|Knee pains||Refusal to obey, to submit|
Taking care of yourself is not a crime
Have you been led to believe that neglecting your own needs and taking care of others led to happiness and fulfillment?
That if you take care of others, they will then take care of you?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, here’s a last one: Is it working?
It is often thought that to be a “good person”, one must turn away from themself to take better care of others. Error. Your personal well-being is paramount and decisive in regards to your relationship with others. Because when you constantly give priority to others, you can feel lonely, depressed and full of resentment.
Taking care of yourself, is hence the opposite of being selfish. It’s about being responsible and caring for those you love. This well-being that invades you when you take time for yourself, this good energy that overflows you will eventually spread and inspire your entourage. Isn’t it said that we must love ourselves to truly love? And that there is no love, only proofs of love? Give yourself proofs of love every day! Those who really love you will applaud your desire to make yourself your priority.
It takes courage to change your intention to take care of others at your expense (which also often involves a desire to control others) for your personal fulfillment. Yet only then will you be able to share true love with people who will also be willing to accept it.