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  • Jolene Roehlkepartain

Whispers & Shouts

Updated: Apr 14, 2019

What’s your body saying to you—right now?

It’s too easy to push our bodies beyond where they can go. We need to rest and nourish our bodies as well as our souls.

Now I know—and highly respect—how my body has limits. If I’m going in detrimental directions, my body objects first—not my soul. I now pay close attention to what my body says, even when it says something I vehemently disagree with.

My bodywork therapist says she has a client with a left arm that acts up. When she first asked this woman what the arm was about, the woman said, “Oh, that. That’s the unhealed mother part of me.”

The therapist—who has a very difficult relationship with her mother—said, “You just have your mother in your arm? My mother gets me here, here, and here” as she pointed to her shoulders, her stomach, and her knees.

Not everyone has a tense relationship with a parent, but this example illustrates how the unhealed parts of our soul can show up in the unhealed parts of our bodies. Sometimes our bodies shout. Sometimes they whisper.

But our bodies are always saying something. Something important.

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