There is a pearl of wisdom that says, “Well over 90% of all our dis-ease comes from performing crimes against wisdom.” What could a crime against wisdom be? The answer is quite simple. A crime against wisdom happens when you know you should not do something, but you do it anyway. In other words it is not heeding our inner voice of wisdom, also called heart knowing or our gut reaction.
We say, “Gosh, I’m tired. I should go to bed.” We stay up anyway.
We say, “I’m full. I should stop eating.” We clean our plate anyway.
All of us fail to listen to our inner voice of wisdom at times. Often, this is because our mind and our gut have different opinions about what to do. Our mind wants to get its own way, so it argues like crazy. Our mind creates excuses, talks us in circles, and often manipulates us with our own desires. It does this in order to convince you to go ahead with what it, the mind, wants. Our gut comes to conclusions a different way. Our gut can’t argue the way our minds can. Our gut’s voice doesn’t explain itself with rational thought or wordy explanations. Our gut just knows.
The difference between the voice of the gut and the voice of the mind can be explained in short by saying that knowledge isn’t wisdom. Our mind is a complicated thing. It has great power, but its knowledge is limited. Wisdom is deeper. It is intuited. Wisdom from the gut isn’t clouded by the opinions of the mind and is therefore very honest. This is important when it comes to wellness. Your gut says, “I’m full.” Your mind says, “I must keep eating until everyone else is done, too. I don’t want them to think I don’t like the food.”
Wellness Practice: By making a conscious effort to listen to what your gut is saying, you will strengthen your connection to that level of internal wisdom. Start simply with two food based practices. The first opportunity to connect occurs when you choose to make a meal. Stop, close your eyes and ask yourself what you want to eat. Start listening to your responses and try to make the meal your gut is telling you it wants to eat. The second opportunity happens as you end your meal. Listen and watch. When your body tells you it is full, do you stop eating? What stories do you tell yourself that complicate the simple impulse of, “I’m full?” What are the parts of the conversation that conflict with the voice telling you to stop? Are you conscious about your end of meal habits? Do you nibble and don’t know it? Is the fork back in your hand? Stay with these two awareness building practices. Eventually you will learn more about yourself and hopefully be able to perform a few less crimes against wisdom each week.
Caution: By continuously suppressing our internal voice of wisdom we end up constantly pushing the boundaries of our health. By eating too much, we stress our system. By neglecting rest and sleep, we stress our system. We stress ourselves by little bits again, and again, and again. What happens to a body after 30 years of extra little stresses again, and again, and again?
Remember: All stress caused by crimes against wisdom is avoidable. Train yourself to heed your internal voice of wisdom.