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When Your Body Needs You

October 27th, 2005

Posted by: Olakunbi (Kunbi) Korostensky ND

Even though I am quite aware of the importance of taking care of your body and health, after all I have spent the last 20 something years getting people to listen to their body and following its wisdom. Still, I was quite taken aback by what happened to me recently.

Our Foundation “Attitudinal Healing” is preparing for its autumn public function. This year, we are holding an art exhibition with music at my own gallery. As president of the Foundation, naturally, I need to co-ordinate a number of things. One of these is organizing transportation for the paintings and the artists.

Well, due to circumstances I’d rather not go into here, I freed up my time, organized a small bus owned by a friend and together with my car, off we went to go pick up the paintings and the artists. Everything went smoothly and together with five other people we got paintings, artists and bus all in one piece back to my gallery.

We spent the rest of the day doing what most other galleries do in the event of an upcoming showing. Hanging up the paintings, labeling them, adjusting the lights, cleaning up, getting things together and thoroughly feeling great about our work. In the past I’d left most of this initial work to the Artists and their friends.

When I got back home that night, the exhaustion kicked in. My body ached, my feet burned from running up and down the stairs and in circles, my head hummed and I felt completely drained.

I realised that there was no way I was going to go through a mentoring class I had coming up at 3:00 AM in the morning! Here was my body telling me very clearly that it needs me. so I flopped down unto the coach in the living room and dosed off for a while. When I got up half an hour later, my body felt like lead which I barely managed to drag along.

That was it! I knew I had to do something fast. I dragged myself down to the bathroom, turned on the tap water and ran the bath. I soaked away my entire weariness and tiredness in that bath tub, feeling with every passing minute the relief and the lightness of being again.

After the bath, I curled up into bed with a cup of hot soothing holicks for my nerves and went to sleep.

When I got up the next morning, I felt rejuvenated and free of all aches and pains. Really, even after all these years, the soothing effect of water still never stops to amaze me.

 

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