The power that made the body is the power that heals the body.

Have you ever pondered the Wonderful Gift of Pain?

As we know, pain is a part of life, but have you ever pondered that beyond the typical annoyance that we experience with pain—be it physical or emotional—that there might actually be a gift?

Now you might be thinking, what could possibly be the gift of pain? Well, let’s face it, nothing calls our attention quite like pain. Am I right? Whether it’s just a dull ache that cramps our style, or it’s actually downright intolerable, either way, it asks us to listen. In a way, pain is our body and soul saying, “hey… I hate to bother you, but we’re out of balance here and we need to address some things. Let’s discuss…”

I often tell my clients that we abandon our body long before our body abandons us.  I also tell them that our head often lies and tells various untrue stories about ourselves—and each other, if we want to be honest—but the body never lies to us. It always tells us the truth about who we are and what is happening within. And if we are in pain of some kind, it’s just the body trying to get our attention…  trying to communicate so that we can heal… to bring ourselves back into balance and back into wholeness. But the question is, do we really listen?

I will never forget my awakening to this powerful truth back in 2002… I was strong, healthy and in my early 30’s when my back “went out”…  suddenly and what seemed from out of nowhere.

What?! That wasn’t supposed to happen to me! And yet, the truth is, my back had been trying to get my attention for several months; I kept feeling this tightness, but ignored it because, you know… a little lower back tension wasn’t going to bring Lisa down. But I admit I was annoyed because I didn’t have time to be bothered by my back. I had $hit to do. Who has time to be sick or be bothered by aches and pains? I certainly didn’t so of course, I just powered through. Typical.

Well, my body finally got tired of my “push-through-it” mentality and decided to literally sit my a$$ down (actually in my case, put me on the floor) as though to say, “Do I have your attention NOW? Can we talk? Are you ready to listen?”

Who is to argue when you literally can’t move because you’re in so much pain? And not just for a day… but weeks that grew into months. I began to feel scared. What was wrong? I couldn’t believe this was happening to me! I mean, I was an exercise physiologist, fitness instructor and coach; I teach people how to be healthy and fit. This wasn’t supposed to be happening to me! Yes… there was a little bit of shame and embarrassment involved, as you can imagine. People looked to me, after all, to be the model of good health! Not someone walking hunched over in excruciating back pain… at the age of 33. Needless to say, my ego was a bit bruised.

As painful as it was not just physically, but emotionally as well, I learned an invaluable gift and insight that has been the cornerstone of my teaching/coaching clients for all of these years since and that is to help others understand the miracle that IS our body and how it and our pain is only trying to help us see where we are not paying attention… where we need to take better care of ourselves… where we need to examine the thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve and therefore are getting in the way of our health, our joy and experiencing balance in our life… where any old suppressed emotions are creating dis-ease within our being.

In other words, our body is not trying to be an annoyance! Quite the contrary. In truth, our body is our messenger, and most importantly, our friend. And whether we realize it or not, it is always giving us the subtle signs in the form of stress, fatigue, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, low back pain, etc., etc., to let us know where we need to “correct”… to let us know where our thinking is not in alignment with our soul. It is profound.

When we tune in and honor those signs, the body also lets us know what we need to heal… on all levels—physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. But if we ignore those (and we often do), that’s when our problems begin. Then the pain and dis-ease within our body grows more intense until… until the body, via the form of debilitating back pain, an accident, a heart attack, or various other ailments trigger the emergency alarm system… meaning NO MORE IGNORING! TIME TO ADDRESS NOW! And if we don’t…  well… it won’t be pretty. I know it firsthand.

But here’s the good news! The body wants to heal. In fact, it is designed to heal.

As the quote goes:

The power that made the body, is the power that heals the body.

–BJ Palmer, Founder of Chiropractic

I believe this to be absolutely true. Healing (to become “whole” again) is possible when we open our mind and hearts to the infinite and divine intelligence in every one of our cells, as well as being open to our thoughts, beliefs and suppressed emotions from our past that may be getting in the way. Hence, our pain, and oh, the wonderful gift of our pain.

For me, it took awhile of suffering as well as stubbornness (which most definitely contributed to my suffering) as I was determined to “figure it all out.” Yet, normal ways of “pushing through,” wasn’t helping, rather it was now hindering and my body was pushing back. It had the upper hand as I laid there on the floor crying. Eventually I surrendered… I was finally humbled to let down my guard of resistance and was open to getting out of my own head, and instead listening from my heart… and that’s finally when I could hear my body saying, “I’m sorry I had to take you down, Lisa, but I needed you to hear me. I am willing to carry you as I have our entire life, but I need us to be a team working together… in harmony. I need you to take care of me… to honor me, to love me and to respect me… a true partnership. You may not have the typical addictions that are common in society, but you do have your addiction… and that is the addiction of overdoing. I can’t do ‘overdoing’ any longer. I’m exhausted. WE are exhausted. WE need balance… WE…  Now, can we please do this together?”

Wow. Needless to say, that experience and that particular moment when my body finally quieted my head enough to listen, I couldn’t believe what I was “hearing,” and yet I knew it was the truth. And with that, an incredible peace came over me. From that moment on, our rehab was slow… literally one slow step at a time as I was learning to love myself and my body in a way I never knew before. My body didn’t need anything else other than my full and undivided attention, so together we could heal.

Ever since that time, I listen closely to my body. And when I feel my back tense up or any part of my body give me any sort of pain, I immediately stop and listen… I check in. What is my body—my ultimate partner in this life—needing so that I can be my best and healthiest self? It always knows. I just need to pay attention and listen.

So, what is your pain showing you? What is its gift? Instead of being annoyed… be curious. Chances are you will be amazed at the insights your pain has into who you are. The wonderful gift of pain is your body simply saying, “Hello… can we get to know each other a little better? I would really love that.”

Note: if you’d like to learn more about the deeper meanings of pain or any other physical ailments, I recommend an amazing book by Louise Hay called, “You Can Heal Your Life.” OMG… one of the best books ever! It’s one of my bibles. Click HERE

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Click HERE for a quick guide to the deeper meaning of physical ailments.

Click HERE  for other amazing articles on healing with Louise Hay.