Speaking Without Words

Lately I’ve been especially noticing babies and toddlers. It’s likely because I am new grandmother – and if there’s anything that reawakens a joy for life and sharpening one’s observation skills, it is a little one. 

What is so special about little people – energetically speaking – is that they truly feel vibes. They are sensitive in every way: Sounds, scents, touch, tastes and the ability to hone in on what others around them are feeling.  Babies mirror the emotions felt by their parents and even from their in-utero development they are interacting with and establishing ways to respond to stimulii.

So patterns of response are established very early in our lives, whether they are formed from a one-time occurrence or over time by repetition. What I have learned is that the body and brain keep record of events, particularly if the events were particularly emotional. 

A terrific book that opens the door to understanding this type of memory is, “When the Body Says No” by Dr. Gabor Maté. This is an enlightening read, highlighting how most human stress is emotional in origin and when emotions are suppressed or unprocessed there can be physical consequences resulting in ill health. As Dr. Mate says, “When we have been prevented from learning how to say no, our bodies may end up saying it for us.” 

If you want to better understand the interplay between emotion and health I strongly recommend you read this book. Your overall health depends upon addressing more than just your physical self!