Healing Begins when You Trust Your Experience

I teach a course once a week at my local community college about health and how all the systems in our bodies are related to one another.

My course includes segments I call “101 of Gut Health” or “101 of Liver Health” and so on. Each segment contains little exercises and recommendations for cleanses, as well as tips on troubleshooting specific health issues.

In spite of my in depth knowledge on the subject, I advise my students to always listen to their own bodies first.

Here’s why:  When I was young and just starting on this path of self-discovery, I would listen to every health recommendation that was offered and follow through with it, regardless of the results.

Even when a recommendation made me feel sick, I stuck with it. I remember vividly a liver cleanse I endured about 6 years ago. I didn’t trust the recipe, so I doubled it.

Take my advice: Don’t do that.

The result? I experienced skin eruptions that cover my body, a kidney infection, a high fever, and bladder infections  on and off for almost 6 months.

A small, wise voice in the back of my head would whisper to me that it was time to stop the regime. I was too stubborn to listen, and chose instead to suffer through it by  forcing my body beyond its capabilities.

They say when you know better, you do better. I know better now.

I listen to my body. It’s wise and knows what it needs to be healthy.

No teacher, guru, coach or expert knows your body and your truth better than you do. You know when something feels right and when it doesn’t.

Through working closely with clients, I’ve learned that no single diet works for everyone. Nor is there a one-size-fits-all exercise regime or cleanse.

The secret is, you must trust your experience and discover what works for YOU.

The same can be said about the healing journey. As a doctor, I can guide you, based on my knowledge and experience; however, at some point, you have to trust your own wisdom.

My goal is to help you see and free yourself from what the world says you should do.

I don’t believe in “shoulds.”

If I do my work right, you will begin to trust your experience and walk on your own.

Learning to trust yourself is what it comes down to.

 

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  • adrienne boullianne
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    i take a feldenkrais class once a week, and the teacher just told me that very thing…”take your authority back, do what is right for you, and don’t be feel obligated to take advice you hear that may not benefit you. only you would know that.”
    i am now hearing the same from you…i guess i’m getting this powerful message. the problem is, i dont always know what’s good, and i am always looking for answers.

    • Dr. Tiny Jaentsch
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      hi adrienne, yes, i know what you mean. sometimes it’s just trial and error and other times you know deep inside that it is not for you and yet you keep going hoping for miracles that never happen. i’ve been burned and paid dearly for my mistake.
      tiny

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