Are You Numbing Your Pain Or Tuning Into It?By Megan Taylor
Numbing the pain receptors you feel when you place your hand on a hot stove, so you can keep it there, does not change the truth your God Designed physiology is trying to tell you: your flesh will burn if you do not take action + remove it.
There is a reason we have receptors for pain, they keep us safe. When you touch something hot, they say, "hey! that is dangerous, take your hand off or your hand is going to burn!"
In rare cases, people can be born without them + it can lead to a lack of awareness the pain provides when it comes to keeping our bodies safe.
Pain receptors are God designed to perceive our environment and warn us internally about danger. But so often, we rush to turn them off or silence them.
What if we leaned into that truth for a moment and explored our spiritual + emotional pain receptors.
You know the ones.
They may keep you up at night with thoughts like:
"What is my purpose?"
"Why am I here?"
" I feel so down..."
"Why did I get so defensive in that conversation?"
"Why have I been so short tempered + irritable towards my husband lately?"
Instead of leaning into these for a moment and paying attention to the potential cues, the world says, "hey, those thoughts are not normal, maybe you need a diagnosis for that and another medication."
Or, "those thoughts are normal, and you actually need to leave your husband because he is holding you back in life, get more self care, and find your highest self. Your energy is blocked right now." "Here, have some wine, take the edge off.. Binge Netflix, you deserve to eat an entire carton of ice cream + flaming hot Cheetos because life is hard.
Or, on the other end of the spectrum:
"You actually need to sell all your things and move away from society, everyone in charge is corrupt + this world is falling apart."
or "Wait, it is because your hormones need to be perfectly balanced + your house needs to be rid of all toxins + your diet needs to be pristine, then you will feel better. Or Maybe it is your yoga pants, you know they have microplastics in them now? I bet that is why you have those thoughts. Oh, and hey, your fascial is out of whack now, take care of that immediately too."
Or even, "You are not doing enough in your side hustle, you need to be a #bossbabe and join my team."
Hey sister, listen and please here me...
Sometimes those actions may be needed, there is some truth in each statement there. Burn out is real and our mind, body, and spirit needs rest and sometimes that looks like watching TV, or eating food that brings us joy. Some people get to a place where they need medication for a season, to even have capacity to start tuning in.