Our Emotional – Physical Connection
There is a clear connection between our emotional health and our physical health that we often dismiss, because acknowledgment would require we deal with ourselves differently.
Let’s face it… We don’t treat ourselves well all the time. In fact, it can be said that all of us have beat ourselves down at some point in our lives. And there is a direct connection between our emotional health, or lack thereof, and our physical health (or lack thereof). And frankly, we mostly do not acknowledge this direct link because if we did, we’d have to acknowledge something that threatens one of our highest values in this society…
Healing threatens our value of hard work.
Because it calls for us to say, there’s a chink in the armor – the protective guise we often wear in the name of success, “getting ahead” and “having it all together.” Healing calls for us to be kinder to us and being kinder can easily require redefining how we relate to “work” and being “hard” on ourselves.
Our way of living is so intertwined with the ideal of hard work that those that have come before us have instilled in us, as normal, treating ourselves unkindly as a way to uphold this value. The thought of breaking that habit then sounds, in this context, ridiculous and completely ludicrous; downright laughable. Breaking the habit becomes pure invalidation of the ideals and principles that are close companions to this value we hold so highly, that has become the very fabric of our society – and how each of us define ourselves by it.
We are either hard workers, or lazy bumpkins. But not much in between. In fact, we even have sayings that reinforce how emphatic we are about the role hard work plays in a life of value.
“Hard work” validates who we are and breaking this fabric threatens who we are, who we’ve become and how we see ourselves.
So why would we?
Why would we invalidate our self-worth? Why would we treat ourselves any way that could interrupt the values we hold as important?
These are the very questions we must deal with if we are to heal and find out who we are in a new space of wholeness, vitality, health and well-being.
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