Your body is a reflection of you and your world, and perhaps we could argue that it is also a reflection of the world at large. But I find it’s more helpful to focus on how your body is a reflection of you and your world, while mine is a reflection of me and my world.
In today’s video and the accompanying blog post I’m asking you to consider this theory of mine, by looking at what your body is telling you. I use my own circumstances, symptoms, inner and outer environments to demonstrate what I mean.
For example: I recently traveled to Texas to spend Christmas with Stefan’s family. While Stefan and I stayed in a hotel, I spent two days cooking for everyone in Stefan’s parent’s home, and on Christmas night I spent several miserable hours in the hotel bathroom acutely sicker than I’ve ever been in my life. No one else got acutely sick.
Stefan’s mom had told us about a sinus infection she just hadn’t been able to cure, and we asked if there was a chance there was mold in the house. They said no. But recent events have led Stefan’s parents to believe there is in fact mold in their house. My body recognized a toxic poison and did its job of alerting me and eliminating it as fast as possible.
Only days after moving into our new home in Longmont, CO back in summer of 2017 I began experiencing a growing list of symptoms like a racing mind, inability to sleep, digestive disturbances, total lack of motivation, irregular periods and eventually daily nausea, vomiting, 24/7 muscle twitching and more.
Every doctor I’ve seen about those symptoms and the longer term health impacts have sung the same tune: “your body must have such a high toxic load that the slightest exposure tips you over the edge.”
Basically they’re saying: this isn’t exactly your fault, but it comes down to faulty genetics and a defective immune system that reacts too strongly (autoimmune response) and hasn’t learned how to detox effectively.
My theory is the opposite: because I’ve created a “clean” inner environment and the feedback channels between me (my conscious mind) and my body are open, this means that my body can alert me (and through me – my community) to danger, often immediately.
Watch today’s video for my full theory, or find the full blog post here.
Then, share your thoughts below! I’d love to hear your take on my theory, and whether you’ve had any personal experience being a “canary in the coal mine.”
I’ve made a pact with my body to always listen to her and allow her wisdom to alert me to danger. I grew up in a home free of chemicals, my mom fed us mostly organic food, I’ve tested my genetic mercury inheritance from mom and it’s almost zero, and I’ve been obsessed with health since I was 17 – which means I eat and live very clean, and I’ve done just about every cleanse and detox out there. How can I have a higher burden than other people, such as Stefan, who grew up eating, breathing and ingesting chemicals in the food he was fed and the air he breathed (his family uses chemical household products, and he even sprayed pesticides on cotton for a living one summer!) His body had no choice but to adapt and do its best to combat those chemicals, but he is suffering the consequences now with more persistent deeply held patterns that don’t let go as easily as mine.
My body alerts me to dangers in my environment that are real, deserve my attention and threaten not only me but everyone else too, even if those other people aren’t symptomatic.
Stefan, for example, had almost no mercury poisoning symptoms but his levels were even higher than mine.
What’s your version of this?
While I believe we’re all suffering the consequences of our collective human actions (poisoning our food, soil, water and air), we each react differently. Your body is alerting you to the dangers in your environment, which may show up differently than in my body.
My best recommendation is to gather the data, be as objective as possible and let the data paint a picture. Then, start asking questions. Resist the urge to fix, detox, heal anything right away. Often, our attempts to suppress symptoms (by getting rid of them) mean we don’t get the message or learn what our body is trying to tell us.
Sometimes we DO have a genetic toxicity burden; sometimes we DO have to confront something in ourselves; and sometimes, the gift we’re given for doing the work of “cleaning” up our internal and home environments (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) is that our body talks more readily, more directly and we get notified of danger faster.
I believe your intuition lives in your body, and opening these feedback channels means opening your conscious mind to your inner intuitive wisdom.
Thank you so much for reading. Please share your thoughts below!