The Body Can Heal Itself

The Body Can Heal Itself

For years, my children and I have played a game whenever we see a FedEx truck. Imbedded in the letters of the logo there is an arrow. To see it, you have to look at the letters in a different way—soften your gaze and see past the letters to find the arrow resting inside. My kids could spot it right away, and they’d laugh, “Aw come on, Mom—you can’t see it?!” And then one day, sitting in a line of going-nowhere traffic, a FedEx truck pulled up next to me. Having nothing else to claim my attention, I relaxed and looked into the logo. The arrow emerged clear as day. Now that I know how to look, I see the arrow right away; I just had to “get it”.

See our self with gentle eyes It is the same with our health and happiness: children are more aware of their innate healing ability than we are. When we step back and see our body and its relationship to ourselves, to others and to our world with gentle eyes—seeing our true self, our true wellbeing—more energy, clarity, strength and joy come forward. It is always there, we just don’t always see it: our body’s own ability to self-heal, to stay in balance and create health and happiness from the inside out.

As a mother I knew this was unacceptable My initial journey in discovering the body’s ability to self-heal began with a sick baby when my family was living in London. My son Sam developed severe allergies that led me to search for a deeper understanding of the roots of disease. Top medical experts told me that Sam’s condition was unfixable, that the only treatment was to try and ease the symptoms and keep him comfortable. As a nurse, I understood the language of conventional medicine; as a mother, I knew this answer was unacceptable.

New possibilities in caring for his body and my own Over the years, Sam and I learned a more natural way of living—simple but powerful tools of food, yoga, relaxation, and myriad other ways of allowing the body to self-heal. Today, Sam is not only more comfortable, he lives virtually symptom free of his allergies. Through Sam’s recovery, I learned to walk a new, gray line, accepting both conventional medicine and complementary medicine as helpful and necessary. My son’s challenge became my portal to a new way of seeing, a place of new possibilities and the discovery of a new way of caring for his little body, and my own.

Do you feel you are at your best—plenty of energy, clarity and joy? Feeling this way is your natural state. When we allow our bodies to do what they do best, it is completely possible for us to feel good–for no special reason–every day.

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Elizabeth Irvine

Through her experience as an ICU nurse, mother of three, yoga instructor and author, Elizabeth believes we can create a healthier, happier way of being from the inside out and raise families who care—about themselves, about each other, and about the world around them.

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