That teacher is you! When you're trying to get healthy and support your body and mind better, your inner teacher is key toward achieving what you want.
Health involves learning.
You learn about your body and which lifestyle habits foster balanced
health, versus which habits derail health. But you also learn something
else. You learn about yourself as a person, how you face challenges, and
which obstacles are blocking your road to health. The journey toward
health involves more than regimens for diet, exercise, and sleep. The
journey is unique to who you are and where you're at in life too.
out your inner teacher to learn about your health isn't always easy.
Everyone wants to believe they are perfectly healthy, and sometimes
facing the reality that your health needs more support can be
challenging. It means admitting that you're not perfect and that you
still have more to learn. It takes knowing that supplements,
medications, or doctor's visits alone can't keep you healthy. You as a
person are an essential part of your health, and acknowledging this fact
takes honesty and courage.
When you call forth your inner teacher
in an open and honest way, you can explore your physical and
mental-emotional health through a unique lens. You can ask yourself if
there are societal and personal expectations that are burdening you and
blocking your health. You can explore whether some part of your past
unfairly has a hold on your health and who you are today. You can
explore your relationships with yourself and other people to see whether
they are supporting or hindering health. You can also notice how you
manage stress and emotions and whether your current approach could use
some adjustment for better health.
Good teachers both challenge you out of your comfort zone and patiently support you through the discomfort that can result. Getting healthier can feel strange and uncomfortable at times.
The body and mind are used to doing what they always do---in other
words, homeostasis or equilibrium. They will maintain states of health,
but they also maintain states of unbalanced health. To get healthy, your
inner teacher has to push you beyond comfortably unhealthy habits. On
the other hand, your inner teacher also has to patiently help you
through these potentially awkward transition periods and regularly
remind you: "I can do this!"
What steps have you taken
lately to bring out your inner teacher on the road to better health? If
you feel that it's been a while since you've listened to your inner
teacher, that's okay. He or she is always there and you can turn to that
side of yourself when your health feels neglected or stuck. Remember to
give your inner teacher the same respect that you would any other great
teacher in your life.
As you head into the autumn season, a
period of time that is infused with transition in the air around you,
encourage your inner teacher by asking yourself the following
1) What are current strengths in my health?
2) What are some weaker points of my health that require more attention and learning?
3) Without focusing too much on the past or the future, what steps can I take today toward better health?
4) What are my obstacles to health in the present moment?
5) How can I create space in my life for my inner teacher to express itself and help me with health?
you ask yourself these questions, you'll find that your body and mind
naturally know which direction to go in---if you listen to them. By
paying attention to your inner teacher, you'll learn new things about
your health and how better to support it. And you'll enter your own hall
of fame of great teachers.