Once in a while we look at ourselves in the mirror and realize things don’t look quite like they used to. So we decide to embark on a health regime to get us in shape. Usually this consists of working out in the form of cardio and weights training in order to improve fitness, strength and muscle tone. Now that’s all good and well, but what about your ‘inner health’? And I’m not talking probiotics or metamucil. I’m referring to how you feel in your heart, your stress levels, your emotional stability and the health of your organs, bones, muscles, blood cells and entire energetic system?
If you’re shaking your head and thinking you don’t even know where to begin, let me start by telling you that’s exactly where it starts – in your head. Your mind is what affects the way the energy moves in your body and the energy is in everything. Yes, everything . Have you ever stopped to wonder how you get butterflies in you tummy when you’re nervous?How does simply thinking about something transform itself into a physical feeling in your stomach? The answer is that it occurs through the energy system of your body. Your energy is the life force within you that makes everything work, from your heart and stomach, down to the blood cells and tiny atoms. Without it you would die. It’s as simple as that.
It’s been well known for thousands of years that how we feel and think has a direct effect on the health of our physical body, however for those of you who need some scientific proof, you’ll be happy to hear that there is some. Renowned cell biologist Bruce Lipton has scientific evidence to prove that the biochemical effects of the brain’s functioning show that the cells of our body are affected by our thoughts. “Positive thoughts have a profound effect on behaviour and genes but only when they are in harmony with subconscious programming. Negative thoughts have an equally powerful effect….when we recognise how these positive and negative beliefs control our biology, we can use this knowledge to create lives filled with health and happiness,” says Lipton.This means that it takes more than a few affirmations in the morning to make a positive change in your body. It comes down to how you really feel, your underlying attitudes and the way you hold energy in your body. For example, being controlling, angry and grumpy all the time will have a big impact on your liver and gall bladder. Worrying will imbalance your stomach and if you are scared a lot you will upset your bladder, kidneys and bowel. Being sad and holding onto grief can affect the heart, lungs and your circulation.
This really is the missing link when it comes to people’s confusion around seemingly ‘healthy and fit’ people who suddenly fall ill or have a heart attack out of the blue. The truth is, you can be fit without being healthy. And healthy to me encompasses a balance of healthy body, mind and heart. Because we know that if you are super angry all the time – it doesn’t really matter than you can run a marathon – you will certainly have other problems, and most important of all, you will not be happy.So how can you improve your inner health? If you understand that your physical and emotional health is a direct result of how you think, then you have a good starting point right there. How do you think? Do you get angry easily? Do you always blame others? Do you hold onto issues? Do you worry about unnecessary things? Is your mind out of control? If you experience any of these – and let’s be honest, we all do at times – then a good way to start is by stabilising your mind. When the mind is stable, it is less likely to react or run rampant. The best way to stabilise or still the mind is to meditate. Even if you are terrible to begin with, do it every day for at least 15 minutes and you will definitely start to notice a difference. You start to have some awareness around yourself, how you are and when you are being emotional. This makes it easier to choose to be in your heart and let whatever is bothering you go…
After many years of practice I am happy to report that it does work. I am mostly very happy and content in my heart. Yes I get angry from time to time (just ask my husband), but nothing like I used to and I let things go so much faster. When I experience stress, I recognise it in myself, because I feel it in my body and that is an awareness I never had before. This in itself is usually enough to encourage me to calm down a little. I don’t focus so much on the things I cannot control and worry less about what people think. Having a greater awareness of myself and how I am has given me a great sense of understanding and contentment. Of course I’m always learning and that will continue until the day I die, but for now, I’m happy with how I’m travelling….somewhere in the direction of my enlightened self at the end of the rainbow!I find that when the mind is more stable, the emotions will also be more stable. This will affect your whole energetic system in a positive and healing way. Other things we can do to help are to be more in our hearts, not react with anger so quickly, have patience, let things go easily, forgive and don’t blame others. Also be compassionate and kind. Being consistently open hearted and feeling good in yourself is a sign of good inner health.
Like exercise and what we eat and drink, this is not something you want to do for just a few weeks or months of the year. This is something you need to do all the time consistently – in order to maintain balance in your whole body. And don’t worry, your body will let you know when you’re not doing it right!
By Rochelle Taylor
Rochelle is a mum of two little ones and has always been interested in finding ways to live a happy and healthy life while helping others. She has been meditating for 19 years, since she was introduced to the practice in school and found a passion for healing and energy medicine not long after that. Rochelle enjoys the challenges of life, motherhood, family, work, friends and somehow fitting them all in together. Work-wise Rochelle is an AcuEnergetics® Practitioner, Teacher and is also the General Manager of AcuEnergetics®. She has been practicing AcuEnergetics® since 2005 and is fully qualified to teach AcuEnergetics® Level 1 and AcuEnergetics® Level 2. She is currently a co-teacher for AcuEnergetics® Level 3 and the AcuEnergetics® Practitioner Training.