What do you do when you’ve exhausted the possibilities of Western medicine, and you still feel exhausted, depressed, weakened, and in pain? Listen to the messages of your body, says Dr. Lissa Rankin.
In this article, she describes how she designed a radical new intake form for her patients, where the biggest question was, What does your body need in order to heal? The answers her patients gave were often surprising, direct, and exactly the thing which, as Rankin says, “no amount of kale” can heal. “I need to leave my toxic relationship,” or “I need to forgive my father,” or “I need to write that novel” were among them, and they’re the types of messages we get when we listen to the messages our bodies have for us.
Many clients I’ve seen take good care of themselves. They exercise, they eat right, they try to get enough sleep. But many of them aren’t doing what fulfills them. Or they’re working much too hard. Or they’re in a relationship that makes them miserable. These are the kinds of changes that can only come when a person really listens to his own stress responses, her own heart and gut and sometimes, shoulders or knees or feet – and hears what all of that fatigue and pain and cortisol is really telling him.
Of course, awareness is only the first key to change. But it is critical, and lays the foundation for action.