Elizabeth Mulvey Aromatherapist
Communication is a two-way process and our body is communicating with us in every instance of the day. In every moment, there are complex reactions and actions beings processed by our cells to sustain life. Our bodies communicate in a variety of ways with us, in the inspiration of an idea, the shifting of our posture, the signals of hunger and thirst, sleep and rest, pain and numerous other signals. Over time in our personal physical, mental and spiritual development we are conditioned to discipline or ignore messages from our body, yet our body continues to try to get our attention and in extreme circumstances this can manifest in chronic stress related metabolic and psychological malfunction....
An example of this is our self-indulgent way of consuming sugary foods. As children we are introduced to euphoric foods that tantalize our tastebuds, and we experience the rush of energy and happiness and we want more and more- who can stop at one Easter egg or one small piece of chocolate? Our body communicates to us via our behaviours the responses to the increased sugar in our chemistry. We see this in our children by their inability to sit still and concentrate as the body is trying to get rid of excess energy which has been produced and the following low as fatigue sets in. The body is tired after its intense workout to process excess sugar and now it seeks nutrition again and so begins another cycle.
Over years of this cycle the body stops communicating with increased energy, it needs other ways to handle this on its own as we are not listening. It begins to store energy as fat and so begins weight gain and other inflammatory processes in the body.
When we stay up past our sleep time to work, watch a movie etc we again signal our refusal to listen. What do you think happens when we stop listening to our bodies signals of hunger, sleep, stress, etc. How is our body forced to manifest its voice? It creates circumstances that make us STOP and LISTEN.