Read your Body Like a Book – Part 3
Now that it’s all spelled out, what is the deeper meaning?
You’re learning to read your body like a book. You’ve learned a few letters and are reading at Dr. Seuss Early Books level. Congrats!!! If you want to move into move exciting material (think Green Eggs and Ham), then join me for the ride.
If your poop was hard you may have started to drink more water and eat foods with higher water content. This will have long-term implications for every tissue of your body. If we’re slightly dehydrated, every cell is working harder to absorb nutrients and release waste. If you’re dehydrated, there is simply less flow. Less flow physically will also mean less flow mentally and emotionally, so your nerves will be more reactive. More reactive nerves becomes more anxious behavior. Less flow also means stagnation, which blocks channels. In this case the blocked channel creates a trampoline effect – pushing energy up into the head. This creates more thoughts, which also creates more anxiety.
Now, notice if your poop is hard, are your lips also dry or chapped?
That is a sign that there isn’t enough oily(snehana) quality in the tissues of your body. Add more ghee to your foods and do the daily oily massage.
If we start to see the qualities (gunas) of the body as a spectrum with opposite polarities then we have a way to measure and move towards balance.
Here are a few of the spectrums: oily-dry spectrum, hot-cold spectrum, heavy-light spectrum, subtle-dense spectrum, etc. There are 10 main spectrums we use to diagnose so that we can shift into a deeper expression of ecstatic living.
The most basic rule of thumb in Ayurveda is “Like increases Like; Opposites reduce each other.” Duh, I know. But if you know how to read the opposites, the “duh” becomes a “do” – a call to action.
Notice how a great bowel movement affects your moods. If you have a great bowel movement do you feel relieved? That is the feeling of flow in your nervous system I alluded to above.
Does is take time to read your body like a book? No, not at all – you’re just training yourself to notice.Now that you know what to notice and know a little bit about what you are noticing. The call to action is to notice the subtle nature of the changes. Great poop = great mood. Not so great poop = not so great mood. Call to action: eat/drink something to improve your poop! Now!
½ bunch kale
½ head celery
1 inch ginger root
½ lemon (skin and all)
Push through a juicer. Enjoy the effects!
Other tips for dry bowels – add flax oil or ghee to your foods. If you’re more into supplements than you are into food, take a few flax oil capsules after meals.
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