What is your body telling you?

“You need to listen to your body because your body is listening to you."
Phillip McGraw

Don't you just love the pendulum of life?

Last week, I announced Shift Bars got funded and are finally on their way to you. Talk about a high!! I've been waiting to make that announcement for two years!!!

Well, right after I did, my body swung me back in the opposite direction. Within 1 week, I threw my neck out twice and was rear-ended on the freeway, resulting in whiplash.

For those of you who know my history, this was an especially profound wake-up call.

You see, a week after graduating from law school in 2001, I flipped my head back and something snapped. What began as whiplash progressed into full blown fibromyalgia - chronic pain that engulfed my entire body for over 7 years.

Needless to say, I don't take neck injuries lightly.

When it happened the first time recently, I brushed it off. But when it kept happening, I knew my body was trying to tell me something. And there was no way I was going to let another 7 years pass before I figured out what it was.

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It was then that I remembered what Dr. John Waterhouse taught me a few years ago. He said we are constantly growing and expanding, like an upward spiral.

When we experience something, we're at a certain level in our growth or consciousness and we deal with it accordingly. In the future, we may very well have the same or similar experiences. But since we've moved up the spiral, we're hopefully at a higher level of awareness, so we handle things in a better, more evolved way.

The biggest example of this in my life has been with romantic relationships. When my ex-husband and I decided to divorce, it was the most painful, gut-wrenching experience of my life.

Fast forward several years (and lots of personal growth!) to when Lucas and I separated last year. In both cases, we still loved each other, but wanted different things in life. This time, I was able to go through it in love, knowing things were working out for both of us even if I didn't know how. Was it still sad? Of course. But it was a much smoother, easier transition because I was coming at it from a better place myself.

It went so much better, in fact, that the separation didn't last long and we are back together!

Looking at my neck the same way allowed me to see how far I've come since my fibro days. My pain didn't last 7 years this time. I took care of myself. I got massages and chiropractic adjustments, and rested more than usual.

More importantly, I asked what my body was trying to tell me. As Lauren Luquin says, "Physical pain is not always only from just a physical injury. It is often also due to an accumulation of emotional, spiritual, and psychic energy that is being held in a part of the body."

I got real with myself and owned up to the fact that the launch of this company will transform my life in many ways - and part of me is scared of that change.  

So I consulted one of my favorite books, "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay. She wrote that neck problems often times mean that a person is "[r]efusing to see other sides of a question. Stubbornness, inflexibility." So she advises to counter those feelings with the mantra: "It is with flexibility and ease that I see all sides of an issue. There are endless ways to doing things and seeing things. I am safe."

That definitely hit the nail on the head for me, so I've been repeating that mantra and am slowly but surely feeling better.

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We all experience fear, anger, and heartache. But we also all have these wonderful partners called "bodies" to help us know when something is off. CLICK TO TWEET

Have you ever really tuned into your body when it hurt? What was its message to you, and how did listening to that help you heal? Please share your experience on the Shift Bars Facebook page. It's a great habit to get into...

Always listening to you,
Emily