My body knows better

Sometimes we don’t listen to our body’s messages…

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When my body knows things my mind hasn’t realized yet: I always had a huge love for mussels, in any form and shape. I would buy them in 5 kilos bags, come home and clean them one by one, then put them in a large and tall pan, turn on the flame and add a bit of white wine, some garlic and some fine black pepper…and share with my family

Never understood this love for mussels, though. My mum hates them, my dad liked them but with no particular “addiction”, and only recently I found out I have a lack of intrinsic factor which is an enzyme that processes vitamin B12 and makes it available to the body. Guess what mussels are rich in?? I should listen more to my body, it knows best!

What is the signal you tend to ignore? The same way our bodies metabolize food, it also processes emotions and if there any of them that it can’t digest (the death of a loved one, losing your job, a nasty divorce…) that emotion with be sitting in some parts of your body and sooner or later will pop out in various forms, from a simple cold to more serious diseases.

In the same way, there are diseases that the body manifests and sends us signals about way before they are visible to any medical examination or specialized doctor: this is how easter medicine works, especially Ayurveda, in assessing illnesses of some parts of the body based on tiny signals from other parts of the body seemingly unrelated.

What can we do, then? Listen, with attention. Create silence even for a few minutes a day, nothing fancy, just absence of noise. And open your “inner ears” paying attention to hints and clues that would go otherwise unheard until the disease manifests itself.

There is always a reason to pop the Champagne!

Even when it takes a while to find one…

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There is always a reason for champagne…and if there isn’t, go find one!

Certain days I simply forgot to pat on my own shoulder and remind myself that just breathing and being able to smile is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. How many times do we realize we have something just when we are about to lose it? Be it our own health, money, a job, someone we are close to…the list is endless. But we don’t need to wait until we lose someone or something to realize how grateful we are for having them in our lives in the first place.

I would like to remind you to celebrate life, you don’t need champagne (but it helps, and as my friends reminds me all the time, it’s also gluten-free!). Even just a thought, a smile, a nod or tiny acknowledgement: I am lucky to be here, I always have a chance to make things right, or simply they will turn right without any action from me…how liberating.

Cheers!