Your self awareness is in a state of constant growth.
My body reminded me just how much everything is connected this week.
Have you ever realised that you have a habit, a symptom or something going on in your life that you were not aware of previously - even though it was always there?
I realised that I have a habit of chewing my lips and the inside of my cheeks. It's a symptom of anxiety that has been with me for as long as I can remember.
It goes like this: my tongue searches around for rough parts in my mouth or on my lips, when it finds some my teeth get to work on them, biting off the rough parts in an attempt to make them smooth. It doesn't work. In fact it makes them worse.
Other anxiety symptoms that I had as a child were pulling at my hair and sucking it. I became aware of this background habit a few months ago and I set the intention to stop doing it. I rarely do it now, unless sometimes when I'm reading a book or watching a film I'll catch myself doing it again.
I've known for a few years that I have a very tight jaw, especially on the left hand side. I knew that this was due to anxiety. But I hadn't linked the chewing of my lips and cheeks until now.
I searched for solutions other than the usual solutions of relaxation etc. because these habits never happen when we're relaxing, they happen when we are focused on something else and therefore they escape our awareness.
I found a great solution, which apart from being funny, also worked very well for me to remain conscious about the habit. I talked to my mouth like this "Lips and cheeks, I'm going to start taking better care of you. I'm sorry that I let tongue and teeth abuse you for so long. It has really been getting to jaw too, sorry jaw. Tongue, stop searching around for rough bits, lips and cheeks are going to be rough sometimes and that's ok, they're perfect just as they are. Please stop telling teeth to do something about them. Teeth, stop it! Lips and cheeks aren't food. Your job is chewing food. Leave lips and cheeks alone now please. I'm also going to start taking better care of you too. Jaw, I'm sorry that this has been affecting you for so long. We're all going to help you to release that."
I continue the conversation with my mouth whenever I catch myself chewing again. Yes, I'm that crazy woman talking to her mouth.
I also went for a Chinese neck, shoulder and head massage to help alleviate the tightness in my jaw. It was divine, it was also emotional in parts.
The massage had me searching online for acupressure points to help with the release of anxiety. When I started to massage my own acupressure points, they were sore on the side that my jaw is the most sore and not on the other side. So my left side is holding the anxiety.
The most painful acupressure point was also very close to my wrist that is weak and has an injury. My wrist starts hurting when I don't feel worthy.
This led me to give myself a reading on it for clarity of what this anxiety/tightness/habit is all about. My higher self told me that it is a reflection of my not forgiving myself for the past, and it is showing up now for release because I need to be ready to travel for my work and I have been blocking this travel by not forgiving myself.
I hadn't thought of it in that way before, but it makes so much sense. I want to travel but I've also been quite glad that I haven't been able to, because I feel that I SHOULD go visit my children if I can travel, but that option isn't possible, and so I have been stuck in this state of blocking myself from all travel as a result.
Our body gives us all kinds of clues as to what is going on in our energy.
When you start to become aware of symptoms it means that it's time to release them, it's a sign of healing.
The more you focus your awareness on the symptoms with an intention to finding a solution, the quicker the universe will put a solution. The solution requires you to act on whims, like searching online for solutions, going for a massage, searching online for acupressure points to relieve anxiety,...
Action is required when you have the inspiration, and when you have that inspiration it is essential that you allow yourself to take those steps to heal. Go for those massages or whatever else is calling you, get that reading to get more information about it, follow up on ideas that pop into your mind.
What have you become aware of in your body lately?
Are you seeking solutions for it?
What leads have you been given?
Have you acted on them?
Let me know in the comments below.
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26/4/2018 01:45:52 am
Fellow cheek biter here. My higher self says it's blocking forgiveness of the past as well. Thank you for sharing!
3/1/2021 01:18:52 am
I have had an on going issue with bitting & tearing up my inside cheeks. This morning I woke up bleeding.
15/4/2021 03:30:13 pm
Feeling so enlightened after reading this. I too am a cheek and lip biter. Have been for years. Good to know I’m not in this alone. I am curious to know the acupressure points you used to get some tension relief. My kid is sore as well, mostly on the left side.
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