If you have thyroid disease, you likely have been at odds with your body at some point. Perhaps the body gains too much weight, or loses too much. Perhaps you’re too hot, or too cold. Maybe your skin is dry, or your hair is thin, or your brain is fogged…or you suffer from any other of the myriad symptoms of thyroid disease. As much as we may rail against the disease, we need to learn to love our body.
Resistance causes stress, and stress is one of the biggest factors in thyroid disease. Increased stress is such a hidden danger, that few talk about it in light of all the other contributing factors. But, the reality is that when we feel resistance, we falter. When we release resistance, we thrive.
The more we try to exert control over something, anything (including our thyroid), the more we actually lose control. The more energy we spend fighting against ourselves, the more we miss the opportunity to release the stress, let go of the struggle and thrive.
Thriving is possible. And, of course, thyroid disease requires daily maintenance and attention including a good diet, healthy lifestyle, limiting toxins and other such healing protocols. But the piece we often miss as we’re trying to control every aspect of our lives is that in order to heal, we must first accept ourselves exactly as we are.
I know how hard this is. For more than a decade, I actively fought against my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. As a result, I increased my stress, ignored my growing symptoms and was in denial about my disease. The worst of it? I hated my body.
The reality is our body does amazing things!
While the symptoms often feel like a prison, they are actually a helpful reaction, just like a fever helps to kill a virus. If we learn to listen to our body and honor its messages, we create our greatest ally in healing.
Because, we are the only one going all the way with ourselves.
We have to live in our bodies every single day. It is completely up to us if we will live in conflict, or in peace.
Here are three tips to help you learn to Love your Body:
1). Engage in daily self care. Taking care of yourself puts your attention on your own needs and places them first. When you listen to your needs, you also learn what makes you feel good and what makes you feel bad. Paying attention to these subtle shifts can make all the difference between eating a triggering food because you’re in a rush and opting for the nourishing choice that sustains you. Caring for your body is like caring for a pet or a child – it is through that care that a relationship of love is formed.
2). Develop a meditation practice. Meditation is a powerful stress-relieving tool that helps you to connect to the inner wisdom of the body. Our own body has so much to teach us, but in order to learn it, we must take the time to listen. Meditation gives us the opportunity to release negative thoughts, build a relationship with our body and actually receive messages of healing from it! When you learn to communicate with your body, you build a partnership, rather than an adversary.
3). Say ‘I love you’. To yourself. Seriously. First of all, you deserve it. Second of all, those three little words have a powerful energy and reverberate throughout your body. If you’d like to get really direct, place your hands on the parts of your body that need love, and say, “I love you,” directly to them…especially your thyroid. It’s under siege and has been through a lot. It could use your support and acceptance. “I love you” goes a long way toward creating a strong alliance between your and your body!
Healing arises from inner peace. The more of it we create within ourselves, the more we optimize our ability to heal and thrive.
Even as we enlist doctors, naturopaths, nutritionists and other health professionals to help us with our disease, our first and most important helper must be ourselves! We can help ourselves by developing a peaceful relationship with our bodies and learning to love it for its ups and downs, gains and losses, struggles and triumphs.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D. – What initially propelled Alanna into her first yoga class was the diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (a combination of hypothyroidism and an autoimmune disorder). Over the years Alanna has explored and studied many modalities of healing from diet, to energy work, to therapeutic practices, to physical movement, and even traditional Western medicine. Of all the things she tried, she came to know this: The body can only express the truth that it carries inside. Over the past 15 years, Alanna has written three books on yoga (Myths of the Asanas, Sacred Sound and Yoga Beyond the Mat), launched the world’s first and most comprehensive online 500 hour teacher certification program, and earned her doctorate in Mythology and Depth Psychology. Find out more about her at alannak.com.
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