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How can I accept my physical limitations?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
You don't have to like your limitations in life, but - for healing to occur - you do have to accept them. You can - and should - continue to try to find solutions for your pain and discomfort. But eventually, you must come to understand your physical struggles in the context of your mental, emotional and spiritual health.

What does this mean? It means that you begin to use your body as a teacher to transform you rather than torment you. For example, if your emotional goal is to achieve a sense of inner peace and balance in your life, then when you experience uncomfortable spasms or pain, you can say to yourself, "Okay. I hate this pain. I'm tired of these spasms, but I want to have emotional peace and balance in my life. Therefore, I'm going to let this pain remind me to be patient with my body and my limitations in this very moment of my life. I'm going to learn 'letting go,' inner strength and tolerance." When you begin to view your symptoms in this context, you can take any symptom or pain you experience and ask yourself, "How can this pain teach me to be more loving and more accepting of myself and others?" This simple exercise may ignite in you a deeper compassion for the pain of others. In this way, your very pain leads you beyond yourself into a state of greater love for others: a spiritually powerful place for healing.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome & the MindBodySpirit Connection: 7 Steps for Living a Healthy Life with a Functional Bowel Disorder, Crohn's Disease, or Colitis (Mind-Body-Spirit Connection Series.)

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