Learn my simple, yet powerful secret to achieve total health and wellness!
It has been over a year since I have felt physically ill. I am calm and confident on a daily basis and I have reached goals in the past year that I never thought were possible. Not too long ago I was a young mother struggling with anxiety, severe health challenges and trying to grow a business. Today, I am happy, healthy and successful. How did I do it?
I attribute my wellness to eating right, regular foot zone sessions and the use of natural products, like essential oils to help keep my body in balance, but there is an additional tool that is simple, yet very powerful. This miraculous tool will help magnify the benefits of all of those wonderful things I am already doing to take care of my body. And although it is miraculous, it is not an expensive miracle drug. This method requires no money or travel and only a small investment of time. In fact, you already posses everything you need. So, what is this powerful tool that helped me to achieve greater health and happiness?
Before I tell about this amazing secret, I want you to think of a toddler you know. We are going to dive into the 2-year old psyche. What would happen if you ignored this toddler for a long period of time? Or, what might happen if that small child really wanted something, but didn’t get it? One word comes to mind. Tantrum! Why throw a fit? Because a tantrum demands attention. It is almost impossible to ignore a screaming two-year old. All you parents know what I mean!
Now, think of a picture of yourself when you were younger. You were probably cute, and if you are anywhere close to my age, you might be wearing a yarn bow in your hair or an old-school Lacoste sweater with a pair of plaid pants. It was so long ago, you might not even recognize yourself. Perhaps you feel disconnected from this little being and can’t believe that was you at one time in your life.
Well, believe it or not, that little being is still a part of you. For example, when I was younger, I used to stamp my foot if things didn’t go my way. Still, to this day, I feel like a good stomp when I don’t get what I want.
So now that we have brushed up on our child psychology and reconnected with our past, what does all this have to do with health and happiness?
That younger version of yourself lives within you. Often times in yoga, we refer to that part of ourself as our inner child. Just like a two-year old, our inner child throws a fit when we ignore her, or she is not getting what she wants. What does that tantrum look like? It can be illness, depression, anxiety or a number of other unpleasantries. Just like a toddler throwing a fit, these “tantrums” serve a purpose. They are impossible to ignore and force us to start paying attention to ourselves. So, how do we avoid these “fits”?
That is my big secret, the powerful tool I mentioned. Learn to listen to your inner child. If you give her the attention she needs, she will not throw tantrums. You will find that you get ill less often and that you are more content and happy with your life.
How do we listen to this little girl or boy that lives inside us? I like to think of that picture of when I was younger and imagine having a conversation with that little girl. “Allison,” I say, “how are you doing?” If I tune in, she will let me know. So often as adults, we get stuck in the trap of pretending everything is okay even when it is not. The thing I admire about toddlers and young children is their honesty, and my inner child is always honest with me.
Okay, at this point , if you are still reading and don’t think I am a total nut, congratulations! This means that you really are ready for this amazing tool. Taking it to the next level, you can “ask” your inner child during this imaginary conversation what she needs and even what she wants. If you take the time to follow through on what you have heard, your inner child will be happy and content, no need to throw a fit.
If you struggle with visualizations, try writing a letter to your inner child. Pull up that picture of when you were younger and put your pen to paper. Ask her how she is doing and what she needs or wants. Then, reply! Tap into that little girl or boy and write a response. It is so fun to see what you have to say to yourself. Psalms 8:2 says “Out of the mouth of babes has thou ordained strength…” You will find that you are strengthened as you learn to listen to that inner child.
She is the founder and co-owner of Sole Source Reflexology, mother of 4 children, author and international speaker.