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What Can Physical Pain Tell Us About Our Thoughts?

Mind Body Connection

What Can Physical Pain Tell Us About Our Thoughts?

One of the biggest benefits I’ve gained from understanding the mind body connection is the ability to read what my physical pain is telling me and address the thought behind it before it escalates into something much bigger and painful.

We have a tendency to ignore our mental health and ‘push through’ for a number of reasons, be it stigma or lack of tangibility, but we do tend to pay attention to our physical wellbeing.

There is a lot of research however which suggests that many of our physical issues are manifested because of our mindset and that by addressing the thoughts behind the pain, we can heal the physical problem.

Before you stop reading, let me just say I wasn’t convinced either to begin with! Sounds a bit happyish right?! I thought so too but please bear with me!

Let me give you an example…

I had always accepted that there is a connection between the mind and body but the first time I was made aware of it being to this level was during a retreat I went to last October.

During the three days we were there, I was spoilt rotten! My every need, want and desire was met in abundance, I don’t think I’ve ever been so spoilt in my life and I felt amazing when I left. But I had a weird pain and weakness in my right ankle. The reason it was weird is that I have never had any problems with ankle pain before, ever!

As we’d been discussing the mind body connection at the retreat, I’d downloaded an app called ‘Heal Your Body A-Z’ which gives a breakdown of the physical problems and the probable mental cause behind it. So I thought I’d give it a go!

When I looked up ankle problems, this was the probable cause:

‘inflexibility and guilt. Ankles represent the ability to receive pleasure.’

This freaked me out because I had been feeling quite guilty about being so spoilt! It’s not often that you are spoilt on the level that we were over those three days and being a person that tends to look after others, I felt a certain amount of guilt around it.

The app also suggests a new thought pattern which was:

‘I deserve to rejoice in life. I accept all the pleasure life has to offer.’

So I gave it a go for the rest of the day and the pain in my ankle had gone by the same evening, never to return! Pretty awesome right?!

Now I’m slightly obsessed…!

After this, I started to use the app more and did much more research into it. As soon as anything starts to feel a bit off, I look it up straight away and can honestly say that every time I’ve done it, it’s been spot on and I can link it back to something which is happening in my life at that moment.

Granted, it might not be an immediate realisation but within 24 hours I will have it figured out – another sign that we’re often not aware of our subconscious thoughts!

The most common feelings for people (myself included) are tension in the shoulders, chest and stomach which relates to frustration, sadness and fear respectively.

I can remember when I was a child being physically sick on a Sunday night and the first question my mum would ask me was ‘what are you worried about at school?’.

We’ve all experienced ‘butterflies’ in our stomach when we’re nervous, or an upset stomach before an exam and all of these things are great examples of how fear manifests in our stomach.

We all know that the mind body connection exists, it’s not a new concept, we’ve just lost touch with how powerful it is and how deep it goes.

What should you take away from this?

The mind body connection is amazing and your body doesn’t lie. If any of the above resonates with you, check out my ‘Mind Body Connection’ post where I go into more detail and the steps I take to work through the thought patterns behind my physical pain.

If you would like further reading (it really is fascinating!) I would definitely recommend checking out Louise Hay as she has written a number of books on this. The app I use is based on her book called ‘Heal Your Body’.

I’d love to hear your take on this, please share in the comments below!

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