In massage school we were taught that only that person truly knows their body. We can make assumptions based on how muscles generally lay out within the body and what techniques to use but only that person can verify for sure if we are getting to the correct spot and bringing relief. I try to apply that to all situations. For example, it is my belief that if I am sick I would rather rest and allow my body to fight off those symptoms on its own. Part of that stems from not enjoying my previous experience with many medicines. Yet for those who choose to take the medicine and help their body fight it that way, that is their experience and their choice and only they can tell if that works better for them.
Last night, as I tried Melatonin for the second time, I was once again hit with the sensation of it "kicking in". I am told that it is a hormone and therefore does not have that effect like medicines do. Despite that fact, I have to honor my experience and trust that I know what I feel in my body. And for me, there is a very distinct moment when I can feel it in my body.
I'm grateful to honor my experiences. I'm grateful to trust that I know my own body and I'm grateful to be so in tune with it. I'm grateful for the people that share their own experiences with me and can still honor if my experience is different. I'm grateful for a fiancé that listens to me and researches certain effects I experience. I'm grateful for those who help me validate my experience but I'm also grateful for those that require me to trust myself with their skepticism. I'm grateful for the flexibility of reality, that we can experience it so many different ways. And I'm grateful to practice honoring those who experience it different from me.
How do you honor your own experience? How do you find trust in yourself? How can you find gratitude in these "quirks" that are different from others' experiences? May today bless you with courage to honor your experience. May you find trust in yourself. Have a beautiful day!