I was reading about “paying attention” in the context of being attentive to what and where our thoughts and feelings are focusing on, and what kinds of stories we tell ourselves. It is being mindful. I think it is important to develop and practice this skill of paying attention.
There is another way that we can use this expression of “paying attention”. It can be used when talking about a physical ailment, an emotional state, a mental state, or a situation. We may not say that we are “paying attention” to these health concerns, but often, it is all that we are thinking about. It has taken over our lives.
A friend of mine has suffered from plantar fascia for many years, maybe over 20 years. She says walking and sitting are much better than standing, or moving slowly, such as when shopping. The other day, she needed to buy a shower curtain, and was successful in the purchase, but it was uncomfortable to stand, and to move slowly between the aisles as she was looking at the merchandise. She uses a scale from 1 – 10 to rate her discomfort and pain. Two is very manageable, and even acceptable. Ten is equivalent to child birth. She has had a MRI, and there is no pathological tissue damage, nor any nerve damage. Surgery then is not needed. That is good, yet, she still has the pain and the discomfort, almost always. This is an example of a chronic illness: always there; with flare ups, at times; better at other times; never goes away; acceptance and just living with it. My friend, unfortunately has not come to see a homeopath.
A chronic state is always saying: Pay attention to me? I am affecting your day. You need to think about me, when you do something. When you make your plans, you need to think how that activity will affect me. And how will I affect your experience of this activity?
I know this sounds funny.
But it is true, the chronic state has taken over. This can be with anxiety, with depression, with anger, with fear, with any ongoing physical complaint, with sleeping difficulties, with behavior concerns, I could go on. In a way it is as if everything is just one way – a restriction, a pain, a reaction, a particular thought or feeling, a symptom, a health concern. And, as if, the only color there is, is orange. And we know there are other colors – blues, reds, greens, purples, yellows, magentas, pinks, and other beautiful colors – but all we see is orange. (I think orange is a beautiful color too.) This is all we are paying attention to. We don’t see anything else. This is not health.
What Are You Paying Attention To?
What is it that you are constantly paying attention to? Is it a particular symptom, a thought, a feeling, a gut feeling, a health concern, plantar fascia? This is what homeopathy heals so well – what we are paying SO much attention to. With a homeopathic healing, the symptoms and health concerns become less and less and ease off. We are then able to be involved in living, not being restricted by this health concern. We see all the colors.
I am happy to talk further about how homeopathy can be of help for what health concern you or a loved one are paying attention to. I see people of all ages. Either leave a comment below or contact me through my website, http://www.homeopathytoheal.com I offer a 15 complimentary phone consultation.