A few days ago, I woke up with a couple killer pimples along my jawline. For the most part, my skin is pretty good, so I knew that these suckers were telling me something. And how do you tap into what your body is telling you? You google the shit out of it, of course.
Yup. Those couple pimples led me down a thirty-minute internet quest of face-mapping, pimple causes, and ayurvedic diet recipes. Luckily, this is where I got off the internet crazy train. Given my history of food and body issues, I know that when I start researching (and considering) a prescribed diet of any kind, I’ve let my power go.
I closed my laptop, made some tea, and let the urge to figure-it-all-out-this-very-minute go. Instead of reading up on how my body needs detoxing or how I’m broken and need fixing, I spent some time journaling.
While writing, the idea of wisdom came to the surface. Specifically, I reminded myself that the answers are already inside me. Why was my face breaking out? My inner wise woman knew that it was from stress, hormones, and probably too much sugar. Did that mean I needed to quit sugar for 21 days or immediately go on a cleanse? No. It meant that I need to forgive myself, focus on relaxing, and check in with my body when it comes to food choices.
Here’s the bottom line: we are all far more wise than we realize or give ourselves credit for. As women, we have especially strong ties to our intuition. The problem is that we often silence this intuitive knowing through relying on the expertise and opinions of others.
This is not to say that we never need outside advice (I kinda love personal development books), but just remember that no other person on the planet is in your body, feeling what you feel, living the life you live.
For me, I’ve learned from years of experience that the diet rabbit-hole is my warning sign. I’m strongly anti-diet, so when I feel myself getting sucked into the wishing well of “if I just do this then it will all be better” that is my red flag that something is wrong.
Do you have a warning sign? An indicator that you need to slow down and figure out what’s really wrong? If you don’t know, I urge you to spend some time with that question. You don’t need to look any further than to the wise woman within.