Do our bodies really do listen to us? They do, more than we know.
Many years ago, someone very close to me was hit by a car. She was walking to her mailbox in the late winter up North. The car came speeding up the winding road and she turned to face it and froze. She ended up in the snow bank with bad breaks to both legs below her knees.
A few days later, after they stabilized her legs with external fixators, we (meaning I) decided she needed a mantra that she could repeat to her legs to encourage her healing. (Mantra is a group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power. Thank you Wikipedia) She needed to come up with a phrase that had meaning to her, to help her heal. Because she broke ‘long bones’ in her legs, she chose the phrase, ‘long, strong and straight.”
Many times during the day, as she was lying in bed recovering, she would place her hands on her legs and recite her mantra; long, strong and straight. The doctors were very concerned with her left leg in particular as this had more bone to grow to repair the break. So my friend focused more on her left leg assuming the right would hear it and do its healing job too.
Well, two weeks went by and her legs were x-rayed again. When the doctors came in to update her, they were a little perplexed. Turns out, her left leg was healing almost twice as fast as her right leg.
From that point on, my friend took to chatting up both legs, full on. And in record time she was back walking and getting back to living life again. I’m happy to say her legs are 98% recovered and still are ‘long, strong and straight.’
Several months after she was back on her feet again, she was chatting on line with someone with a broken leg that was not healing well. She suggested that she talk to her leg and see it ‘long, strong and straight.’ And in three weeks, she had healed enough to cancel the surgery the doctors had suggested.
The moral of the story … talk nice to yourself. You are listening!