Is Your Body Speaking To You?
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital
Our brain neurons signal us to do things every day. Some things we do naturally out of habits we’ve formed whether they are good for us or not.
We don’t have to be on automatic pilot, though. We have choices! We can choose to neglect the spiritual food we need, which is reading the word of God, or we can neglect our physical body by ignoring its signs and symptoms.
When we cut off our spiritual food supply, we become disconnected from our physical body as well. Eventually, symptoms of aches and pains begin to develop and our muscles begin to tighten. When that happens, our soul begins to develop symptoms we do not want such as, tiredness and depression.
We are not only responsible to take care of our spiritual needs, but also to honor our bodies by taking good care of it.
“Physical signs and symptoms are ways your body tries to alert you to deeper imbalances,” says Elson M. Haas, MD, a San Rafael, California physician with a natural-medicine approach and author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition (Celestial Arts, 2006).
During the holiday season, sometimes we don’t realize how much we neglect ourselves, because we might get too busy to recognize those early physical symptoms. We must remember that during holiday season, we need to pay attention to our bodies as much as making God first in our daily lives.
Listen to your body! For scripture tells us in 1st Thessalonians 5:23 a. “ Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete.”