I’M GOING TO TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT MY OWN LIFE. I’M A HEALTH COACH, I WANT PEOPLE TO THINK OF ME AS A HEALTHY GUY.
But the fact is, the reason people become health coaches is usually because they have problems and they’re looking for solutions. I became a health coach mainly because I have had lower back pain since I was a teenager. When I threw my back out in a very embarrassing way. I sneezed so hard that I fell to the ground and I could not get up. It took me 30-45 minutes, I can’t remember exactly. It took me a while to maneuver myself to be able to get out of the bathroom. From that point on, I had serious misalignment problems in my lower back. I had pretty constant pain.
For example, sometimes I would throw my back out like that and I’d be afraid to move because of the pain. Nobody wants to inflict pain on themselves. If you twist or try to get up, or stand up and it’s painful, DONT DO IT! You go to bed and you stay in bed for three weeks.
Well, that’s what happened to me.
THERE’S NOT ALWAYS A CHIROPRACTOR AROUND
My progression in learning about my body, the physiology of how the nerves, the bones, the structure of the spine, all that, I was introduced to chiropractic. I’m sure you’ve heard of that. It was a great boon to me, it was a great help. They could manipulate the lower back and create space for those nerves not to be ganged up on each other and being pressed upon by the bone, so that was really wonderful.
There’s not always a chiropractor around. For example, when I was in China, they’ve never heard of chiropractic in China, but they do have acupuncturists which I was also not really willing to try because I thought the sanitation wasn’t quite up to standards. But having been informed by a Chinese person that this Chinese doctor who comes once a week to the complex, he’s really good, so I went to see him. He felt around, manipulated me, put me on my side, did a twist, and popped my back into perfect alignment, and he charged me $2. That was really amazing.
EMOTIONAL HEALTH VS. PHYSICAL HEALTH
The next step in my journey was learning about yoga. One of these days, I’m going to interview my first yoga teacher and see what a beautiful woman she is and how passionate she is about yoga.
Yoga as a means of keeping the body what? Healthy?
I started doing yoga and I found that it was an amazing benefit that I didn’t even have to go to the chiropractor anymore. I could do those manipulations on myself by loosening up with a few yoga postures.
Finally, the incidents didn’t abate entirely. Another time I had joined a gym and I didn’t show up for two or three months. The trainer who had signed me up said, “Where you been,” when I did get back. I told him I had thrown my back out and it was a problem, I couldn’t exercise.
He asked, “Have you ever read any books by Dr. John Sarno?” S-A-R-N-O.
I said, “No, I’ve never heard of him.” He was the chair of the pain department at New York Presbyterian Hospital for 40 years, knows everything about backs, and 80% of patients he would cure without laying a finger on them; Without doing any surgery and without medication.
Do you know what he did?
He sent them to therapy to talk about their childhood.
It’s a fact that our mental faculties are so designed as to tell you that we want to stay away from pain. Well, the subconscious mind knows that, and it will distract us from serious emotional pain by giving us physiological pain in our body. The person who has the back surgery, a year later they come back for the knee surgery. A year later they’re back for the hip surgery, and then they need to do the neck. The pain just keeps cycling around, cycling around, and a lot of it, I’m not saying all of it, a lot of it has to do with our mental ability, our mental faculties in assessing where we’re at emotionally and spiritually.
INCREASE MENTAL CLARITY
You’ve heard of people holding onto pain, holding onto grudges. This is self-poisoning, that’s what that is. If you don’t increase your mental clarity or improve your mental attitude, in a correct state where you are at peace in your heart, you are going to have pain in your back, in your knee, wherever the weak spot is in your body. That’s the first place that distracting pain comes from in order to keep you distracted from the real issue.
Once you solve the real issue of, “You know what? My father was pretty bad, and I’m not going to take after him. I love you Dad, but I’m going to go my own way and I’m going to be my own man,” you make peace in your heart and increase mental clarity, then you’re going to enjoy a really much healthier life.
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