No, I’m not pretending to be a transformer. But my body, like yours, self-corrects.
The human body is an amazing machine. It self-regulates, self-repairs, and self-corrects.
I’ve had first-hand experience of this recently. I’ve had bits cut off, repaired, and sewn up, and it’s fascinating to see how the body heals. I’ve watched bruises bloom and fade, wounds get smaller, and swellings recede.
Without any help from me. Just as I don’t grow the flowers in my garden, I don’t heal my body.
You know that if you have a cut, you don’t have to meditate to heal it or chant incantations for the cut to get better. You wash it, cover it and leave it alone.
The same with broken bones. If you break your leg, you will probably go to the hospital to have the bone set. The doctor will cover the leg with a plaster cast to hold the bone in place so that the leg can heal. And that’s it. Your body will do the rest; your bones will knit together and will be as strong as they were before the break.
Your immune system will kick in as a defense against invaders to restore you to health when you’re ill. Your body is designed for health; your cells are designed to be healthy. And, if you have an infection, your body creates a fever to kick start your immune system and kill the virus or infection, and vomiting is the body’s way to get rid of toxins.
Your digestive system digests your food, your heart beats and your lungs breath. Your body does all this without any input from you and regulates when it needs to. You digestive system expels poison, if you run and your heart beats fast, it naturally slows back down, and your lungs know when to take a deep breath.
Your body self regulates
When you’re exercising and getting too hot, your body sweats as sweating helps keep your internal temperature at a comfortable 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. You don’t worry about where this water is suddenly coming from; you know that your body is doing what it needs to do to self-regulate.
Or have you ever been in a hurry to dry your hair and get out of the door and then half way through drying your hair, you have to answer the phone, and so you put the hairdryer down without turning it off so that you can restart the drying as quickly as possible.
But, when you pick up the hairdryer, it cuts out. Now you don’t immediately assume that the machine is broken; you know that it’s overheated, and it doesn’t matter how long you shake the hairdryer trying to restart it; it’s cut out as a safety mechanism. So you wait for the machine to self regulate.
Your mind self regulates
Remember, your mind is self-correcting too. You have a psychological immune system that allows you to reset. When you get off the mental hamster wheel and allow your mind to quieten, you come back to clarity and peace.
Think of yourself as a computer or laptop. I don’t know about you, but I often try to open too many programmes at once and get the spinning ball of doom on my laptop. Now I know that I don’t need to do anything about this; I don’t need to get on the phone with Apple support and ask for help or immediately google answers. I know that I just need to let the machine do what it needs to do, to catch up with itself and regulate. The computer is built to self-regulate just as you are when you have too much going on and get a mental spinning ball of doom.
I remember times in the past when I’d been cross about something; the feeling consumed me until I had to let go to do something else. And then later, when I thought about whatever had made me so mad, the anger wasn’t there. Yes, I could wind myself up into a head of steam again if I wanted, but when I’d let go of the thoughts, my mind had self-regulated back to peace. Since working with the principles, I’m happy to say that I never get that cross, but it’s still reassuring to know that whatever is going on in my head, my mind will naturally regulate if I let go.
In moments of overwhelm, anger, anxiety, or anything else that clogs up the mechanism, it’s easy to forget that, in this moment, you’re in the mistaken belief that you’re feeling something other than thought in the moment. So what do you do to hurry the process of self-regulating along?
I often think that this understanding is an example of how well you self-correct. Many years ago, there was a children’s toy called Weeble. These were roly-poly egg-shaped toys with a weight at their base, which meant that when you tipped the toy, it would wobble before coming back to the original position. When I’m in a misunderstanding about where my experience comes from, I’m having a weeble wobble moment but know I’ll come back to the present moment.
I don’t need to do anything to get back to being present. Trying to think your way out of a muddy pond constantly churns up the mud so let go and let your mind and body do what it knows to do.
Allowing the body to do what it knows to do
And the best way you can help your body self-correct is to allow your mind to self-correct.
When you allow thought to flow through you rather than getting bent out of shape and stressed, you’re helping your body do its job. Stress suppresses the immune system, whereas a quiet mind allows everything to work as it should.
If you speed in your car, slam the brakes and take sharp turns, you can stress your car engine. The machine is designed to work in a particular way, and stressing the engine can result in failure.
Your body is much the same. Too much stress affects your machinery so let go and allow your mind and body to self-correct.