A Recent Insight About Physical Health
Since December 2018, I’ve had a bad back.
It's very sore, at times painful - and gets in the way of me living my life how I want to. I've been to all sorts of people for help, including taking medication. Yesterday, I saw someone new, (my usual person was away) who examined me fresh and new, rather than looking at the notes. He looked me in the eye and said 'You don’t have a back problem, your back is really healthy; you have a glute problem'.
Well! Months of relief washed over me, I can tell you, just from that one comment.
Now here's the interesting thing: my symptoms have not changed dramatically between yesterday and today, but I am no way near as bothered about it as I was prior to being told that news. Why? Because 'it’s not my back!’ and as I got really curious about that this morning, and as I write this post, I realise that somewhere in the filing cabinet or software of my mind, I had a file or code that read 'hmm a bad back is a very serious thing to have and something you must worry about (and tell anyone who will listen).'
Time and time again, I'm reminded (usually from everyday life stuff we encounter) that our experience of our situation is not coming to us directly from the situation, it goes via thought first - and if we have stressful thoughts running through us at the time, this is how we will experience the situation - and innocently we create a belief in that moment, that the situation makes us feel stressed.
There's no doubt, given the choice, I'd much rather not have any soreness at all, but it's a relief to know that my experience of it is variable and not fixed, as proven to me in my response to the Osteopath's assessment.
In fact, if I'm really honest with myself, when I'm watching an episode of Billions, I guess I don't feel it at all. I'm not saying it's not there, but my awareness of it is not there, because I'm not thinking about it.
Isn't that interesting?
So the way the mind works, it’s not what’s going on for us in life which matters, it’s what’s going through your mind at any point which matters. That is what we will experience.
Time and time again this gets revealed to us, not through having to work hard on ourselves but through insightfully seeing it. As humans, we are built to have insights and realisations from the moment we're born to the moment we die - and those insights are personalised to each of us.
What's an insight?
Insight is really just another word for a fresh, new thought that comes to us, and helps us to see life in a helpful new way, regardless of our circumstances. What's really cool is the capacity for insight is built into the human design of the system. That's a given. What's not so reliable however is when the insight will come!
So if insights come, but not on our timeframe, what do we do until then?
Get up, have a shower, do some work, make dinner, watch some TV, talk to a friend, go for a walk...
Do whatever it is you usually do, and when a fresh new insight comes, you'll know.
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