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Are You Out of Touch With Your Body?

Are You Out of Touch With Your Body?

Lately, I have been quite worried. Daily, in the evening, I feel unwell. The soles of my feet burn. My forehead feels warm. My throat is slightly sore. Then I pop a paracetamol, and a few minutes later, there is relief.

However, the discomfort of feeling out of sorts doesnít go away. It is frustrating, because I have so much work to do. Subconsciously, I have been blaming my body for not cooperating with me at this crucial time.

So, this evening, I asked for an extension of deadline, and decided to do some much-needed thinking. Yes, finally,† my weary body compelled me to sit back and pay attention.

Almost immediately, realisation dawned upon me. I have been so out of touch with the needs of my body, for so long! Too busy to listen, to occupied to meet its simple needs. A quick list of what Iíve been doing wrong:

  • I ran out of fresh fruit about a week ago. Havenít had the time to replenish supplies.
  • Iíve been too busy to munch on almonds, raisins and other immunity boosting foods.
  • My schedule does not allow me to plan a daily menu, so I am making do with quick-fix meals, reheated soups and stews, which Ayurveda does not recommend, since leftover food is devoid of prana, or vital energy.
  • I am unwell, so I am not going to the gym. I am not getting any exercise, so I continue to feel unwell. A vicious cycle.
  • On the professional front, Iíve taken on too much more than I can handle. The sheer volume of work and the† resulting stress keeps me awake late into the night, and tossing in bed.

And these are only some of the ways in which I have been neglecting myself.

Who, then, has the right to complain? Meófor not being able to do as much as I need to? Or my body, which isnít getting the respect it deserves to?

Also, any tips on how I can bring my body back on track? Feeling a bit out of ideas right now!


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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6:25AM PDT on May 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:54AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Thanks for the informative article.

11:17PM PST on Jan 21, 2013


4:55PM PST on Dec 15, 2012

take care of your own body!

6:28AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

As my mother in law always says listen to your body , don't neglecting yourself. Eat natural , take your vitamins and go for a walk very day . She 70 + and we are very proud of her .

7:42AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012


10:09AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Oh my, Shubhra. Please take care of yourself and slow your life down and start to eat more healthy. Remember how many people care for you. I absolutely love your articles! Thank you.

5:25PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

I communicate regularly with my body by addressing each organ individually.
I tell each one how grateful I am for the hard work they are doing and how much I love them.
Most often, my liver gets all that plus a sincere apology.Because I make many promises that I don't keep.
Other times I communicate a the cellular level, enven on the atomic level.
I'm 71, and still ticking!

12:08PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Take care of yourself Shubhra! We enjoy your articles so much and would miss you if you were ill!

6:28PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

Hmmm, what is my body saying that I can't seem to hear?

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