by Leigh Matson, London, UK
In life, we are always presented with opportunities to test ourselves and to learn from the results of these experiments. The quality of the experiments will vary, depending on how willing we are to be aware of what we are feeling.
For example, finding out if we have a food intolerance can be quite simple.
If we eat a certain food – we may get a reaction.
If we don’t eat that certain food – there is no reaction.
It simply requires us to stop for a moment to clock our body’s communication in response or reaction to this food.
If we were to eliminate the foods we react to for a period of time, we could then see and feel the results by feeling the effects in our bodies.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where we are taught to override and ignore these reactions, or messages from our bodies. So even though we may have a bodily reaction, we have been taught how to override these messages, so we can eat ‘normally’ and appear to be normal.
When I was young I could not eat gluten, because it caused various reactions such as a reddening of my face and a number of mood and behavioral disorders and 20 years ago gluten free food was not as readily available as it is now. So over time I learnt how to override and ‘grow out of’ being gluten intolerant. But what if we don’t ‘grow out of’ being intolerant, we just get better at masking the reaction?
Since I have eliminated gluten (and also dairy and sugar) from my diet, I have found that my energy levels, general health and wellbeing have increased.
So then what if we could apply this method of experimenting with ourselves to other areas of life?