“Disease is a reminder – like getting hit with a two-by-four – to change our ways and to correct the direction of our journey toward wholeness, which is where healing takes us.” – Amit Goswami, PhD, The Quantum Doctor: A physicist's guide to health and healing.
It is unfortunate that we can have the tendency to wait until we receive that (often, not so gentle) reminder. What if, perhaps, we could instead learn to listen to the gentler whispers and nudges that we receive from our bodies? Whispers expressed in the form of skin changes, fatigue, irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, aches and pains, heartburn, mild abdominal pain etc. Whispers that are trying to tell us that we need to slow down, eat differently, move more, take more time to relax, re-examine our priorities, spend time with loved ones, better manage stressors, take a vacation, sleep more, get out in nature, or a variety of other important messages. We should listen before the body gets fed up and expresses itself in a way that is sure to make us listen. And express itself it will. Louder and louder until we get the message.