In a recent post I discussed how our emotions are stored within our bodies, and how those emotions manifest as physical ailments <CLICK HERE TO READ>.
As you begin to listen more closely to your body talk, it is not unusual to notice that where your body is hurting, where tightness or soreness settles in, or where injuries occur, is primarily on one side of your body.
As I have begun to journey deeper into my healing process I have become increasingly aware that the left side of my body is quite literally tied up in knots. Every massage I have ends with the therapist commenting on just how many knots and tension lie in the left side of my neck, in my left shoulder, in my left lower back–significantly more than my right side.
The left side of the body holds feminine aspects, “the ability to ask for help, to receive, to surrender.” The left side is the emotional home of nurturing, healing, gentleness, and where feelings about expressions of femininity (e.g. pregnancy) lie.
Perhaps today is a day to take time out of your busy day to check in with your body. Are you holding tension in your right side? Are you knotted up in your left? And if so, how can you take steps to bring your body back into balance.
Healing our fertility means listening to our bodies, noticing where we are out of balance, and taking steps to heal those aspects of our lives–and consequently our bodies.
For anyone who might be interested in better understanding the differences between the left and right side of the body, below is an excerpt from Deb Shapiro’s book Your Body Speaks Your Mind: Decoding the Emotional, Psychological, and Spiritual Messages That Underlie Illness.
Left and Right Sides of the Body
by Debbie Shapiro
The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa – the nerves cross over between the head and the body. The left side of the brain is the logical, rational side, involved with daily work, assertiveness and decision-making, whereas the right brain is the creative and intuitive side, involved with home life, relationships, feeling and insight. This applies to the body, and particularly if one side of the body tends to get hurt more than the other side.
The right side of the body represents the masculine principle in both men and women. It is to do with the ability to give and to be dominant or assertive; it is the authoritative and intellectual part of our being; involved with the world and work, our job or function in society, finance and business, politics and power. It reflects the feelings you may have about being a man and functioning in a competitive world or maintaining the breadwinning role: or about being a woman and having to work or be assertive at the same time as being a nurturing mother. This side reflects your feelings towards your own masculinity or masculine qualities, as well as your relationships with men such as father, brother, husband or son, and any conflicts you may be experiencing in those relationships, or towards men in general.
The left side of the body represents the feminine principle in both men and women. It indicates the ability to ask for help, to receive, or to surrender; to nourish and care for others; to be tender and caring; to be creative and artistic; to listen to and trust our own wisdom. It is the inner world of the home and family, of healing and gentleness and nurturing. This includes how you feel about being a woman or expressing you feminine energy, especially in a male-dominated environment; or how you feel as a man connecting with the ability to be tender and loving, able to show more caring qualities. It also reflects your feelings about the females in your life, such as mother, sister, wife or daughter. Any conflict in these relationships, or towards women in general, may manifest on the left side.
Finding the right balance between these two energies is not easy. In the last fifty years we have seen a shift from women being the principal care-givers and men being the principal money-makers to women making up a major part of the workforce and men spending more time at home. A woman making the change from mother to careerperson may feel that she is going against her essential nature – having to work late when her child is coming home early from school, or dealing with hormonal changes while giving a presentation at a business meeting. The resulting stress isn’t just due to overwork. The same applies to men. As their role is changing they are confronting the problem of how to get in touch with their inner feelings. How can men find the tender, caring, nurturing part of their nature when society says they are meant to be assertive and aggressive? These issues touch on deep questions of how to define our essential nature, and how to develop differing sides of our personalities.