On a daily basis, we interact with the world in a way that relinquishes our power and a part of who we are. Are you aware of how often you give away your natural ability to lead a happier, healthier, more balanced and authentic life? Every time you question yourself or ignore that voice inside, you are doing yourself a disservice.
We have all been there. Changing how we parent our children to avoid nasty looks, buying into the latest trends in hopes of determining our self-worth, relying solely on a doctor's brief assessment to determine how we actually feel.
We live in a world where we are constantly told WHO we should be! We all want to be the best versions of ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally, but through all of this, are we even BEING OURSELVES?
Every living thing has an innate desire to be loved. From the moment we take our first breath, we crave the closeness and love of our parents. We NEED love and acceptance. It is what drives us at our very core. But somewhere along the way, we have slowly surrendered pieces of ourselves in hopes of something in return. We don’t recognize our own value anymore. We have lost so much of who we truly are that we doubt our own ability to thrive as happy, healthy human beings.
The first time I really remember taking my innate power and ownership of my health and life back was when I had recently moved to Switzerland from New York City and started having daily headaches that quickly transformed into full blown daily migraines. I worked endlessly with my family doctor trying all we could to resolve the problem or at the very least, reduce the pain. I was referred to an endless list of traditional and alternative medicine doctors.
After suffering daily for over six months, I was given a bleak diagnosis that I would forever live with migraines. I left my neurologist's office with a bottle of pills in hand dragging my hope for a normal, pain-free life behind me. After two different medications that had worse side effects than the migraines themselves, I had had enough. I decided I needed to take ownership of my situation and reclaim my power to be healthy and happy once and for all! I refused to be on medication for the rest of my life.
I changed my diet, woke up at 5 am everyday to exercise, meditated every evening and starting weekly acupuncture appointments at the insistence of a work colleague. I had had some acupuncture at a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor's office before, but this acupuncturist was different. Instead of taking over the outcome of my health, he helped me to see my role and ownership of it!
It was admittedly a slow process. I saw him once a week for almost 10 months. I would feel better and have days without much pain, but the migraines never went away. He helped me to see that not only was my physical well-being (the exercise and dietary changes) important, but so were the mental and emotional changes that I needed to make. I had to make changes in my life that were almost more painful than the migraines themselves. But in the end the migraines dissipated and I have not had another migraine to this day!
Through the pain, I realized that my body has a natural ability to heal itself, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. That if I give my power to someone else to heal me, my symptoms might momentarily fade, but I will never be truly healed. Taking ownership of my body, my mind, my emotions and my life gives me back my power. Being honest with myself wasn't easy, but in the end it was the road that leaded to where I wanted to be.