So I got Strep Throat over the weekend. My son had it six weeks ago – and had a bonus of an allergic reaction to the antibiotic. Soooo…I decided to take the natural route in fighting it myself. Now, I could spend the next 10 minutes extolling the virtues of “the gargle,” but I’m not going to. (I basically gargled with warm salt water, then bee propolis spray, then apple cider vinegar and took lots of vitamin A and D.)
What’s more interesting to me is the question of whether or not physical ailments are linked to mental and emotional states. Like, specific ones. I mean it makes sense, right? For what seems like before my time, people accepted that you could get an upset stomach when you were emotionally upset. Or stress and tension could cause a headache. So why wouldn’t this mind/body connection be true for other ailments?
I’ve been a long-time admirer and “wonderer” of Louise Hay. Maybe you have too. If you don’t know her work, you must pause and investigate right now.
Dubbed “the closest thing to a living saint” by the Australian media, Louise Hay is also known as one of the founders of the self-help movement. Her first book, Heal Your Body, was published in 1976, long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body…Louise compiled a reference guide detailing the mental causes of physical ailments, and developed positive thought patterns for reversing illness and creating health. This compilation was the basis for Heal Your Body, also known affectionately as “the little blue book.”
So, in following Heal Your Body, throat problems are linked to stifled creativity and not speaking up.
Wouldn’t you know THAT IS TRUE! I am two weeks in to not talking about something (as I shared in Let’s Talk About Not Talking). Did I do myself in by shutting my own mouth? Quite possibly. I’m not sure.
I also had been feeling a bit stifled creatively because I’d been sorting out my next career venture, sitting in the “don’t know” hot seat.
All of this to say…hey, REFLECTION is key! Even if you think that Louise Hay’s work is hokey, when isn’t it a good idea to reflect?
And during all that reflection, I invite you to take a moment to give a big THANK YOU and HUG to your own body. It endures. It pushes through. It deserves a break today. Thanks, beautiful bod!
Funny mom moment: When my son came down with Strep Throat, I kept asking him, “Is there something that you want to tell me? Is there something that you’re NOT telling me?” He just kept looking at me suspiciously.
But I’m reminded that my mom used to ask me those questions fairly often…and I also had Strep Throat fairly often as a child. Interesting…maybe she had an early edition of Heal Your Body!