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Read Your Body’s Symptoms

Read Your Body’s Symptoms

Our bodies send us messages every moment, if only we know how to listen, but most of us drown out or ignore those messages with a barrage of To Do lists, head-voices, and endless work.

But our bodies are invaluable sources of information about our lives. Try this simple way to become aware of what your body may be telling you with the symptoms it manifests. They often tell us something very real and true. Read the simple exercise here:

Take a few moments when you will not be disturbed. Think back over the last six months. What symptoms have you experienced? Headache? Backache? Nausea? Give some real thought to this and write down anything you remember.

Now look at your list. Begin to think of these symptoms as metaphors. (For instance, if you’ve had digestive trouble, ask yourself what in your life you may be having a hard time digesting. If you have neck pain, ask yourself what in your life is giving you a pain in the neck.) Write down how the symptoms may relate to your life.

Have any of your symptoms disappeared over the course of the last 6 months? If so, what changed in your life around the time that the symptom vanished? Write this down, too.

You now have an important logbook about your life and how your body tells you things about it. If you keep track of the physical symptoms as they come and go, you will begin a dialogue with the body that can lead to greater health and wholeness.

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Inspired by How to Read Signs and Omens in Everyday Life, by Sarvananda Bluestone (Inner Traditions, 2002).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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5:00AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Thank you

4:38AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

We do need to listen to our body

9:38PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Good article

4:49AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012


1:16PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Thank you so much :)

11:41AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

interesting, thanks for sharing this great information

3:23AM PDT on Oct 9, 2011


3:00PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Thank you

3:28AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

interesting article, thanks annie

6:06AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Thanks for the info.

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