Gout! I remember studying about it in university for my Kinesiology degree when I was in my early 20s. I chalked it up as an “Old Man’s Arthritis”. The type of crippling pain that inflicts underactive, beer drinking, middle aged men who eat a fat saturated diet. To my surprise, now my husband fits into this category that I once judged and turned my young, immature nose up at!
Luckily, when my husband has a flare up of this debilitating type of arthritis, he has a little blue pill that he can take to decrease the inflammation and lower the uric acid level in his blood. This little pill isn’t all he has to do to make this painful experience go away as quickly as possible. If my hubby wants this to clear up for good, then he really has to make some lifestyle changes, or it can cause erosion and destruction at the joint. Taking this little blue pill is not fixing the problem it is just alleviates the pain temporarily until the individual can make some changes in their lives to make this go away.
Gout is something that can be fixed with a few changes in one’s lifestyle. Making conscious changes in your diet, body composition, and alcohol intake. Think of it like a broken leg. If you had a broken leg that needed pins and plates to fix the problem, would you like for the doctor to perform the surgery and fix this problem at the root, or would you prefer to take Oxytocin and just numb the pain? I’m assuming your answer is fix it with surgery.
The same holds true with any other pain that you are feeling. Gout, broken bone or whether it is emotional pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, etc. You can find a medication for all of these aliments, but it isn’t putting pins and plates in where they are needed. You are just taking the Oxytocin to numb the pain and not fix the problem.
As I am learning more and more on meditation and the importance of spending this alone time with your consciousness, I am realizing that the pains that we go through are really just ’emotional gout’ with an unbalanced level of acid in our hearts. We don’t even realize that we have these pains because they are buried in our subconscious. Things that we ignored and never dealt with. Things we took personally that we probably shouldn’t have. Things that we made bigger than we probably should have due to our own insecurities.
Eventually these emotional problems resurface in our lives as pains in our bodies. Sure we can go to psychologist or psychiatrist and have them perform their surgery on our broken brain parts, but after the cast comes off we also should be going to a physiotherapist to help the broken part become just like new again. That is the part that meditation plays. Meditation is the physiotherapist of the broken psyche world. We all need this form of rehabilitation for our broken, acid filled or inflamed brains.
I love the quote that I heard from Panche Desai on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday pod cast. He said, “Life is happening for us, not to us!” How many of us wallow in self-pity when life doesn’t go the way we planned it, or something happened to us that we feel is unfair or unjust? How many times have I heard that old cliché saying, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Because even good people can learn and become even better people!
He also has another great quote that says, “That which we do not bring into the light of day controls us.” Truer words could have never been spoken! We have to deal with our ’emotional gout’! We have to take control of our emotional diet and make some emotional lifestyle changes, by taking time in meditation to deal with our problems. Taking medication only masks the problem, it doesn’t fix the problem. I promise with every inch of my soul that if you make the decision to change your daily routine to just sit silently for ten minutes a day, you will see incredible transformations happening in your life.
Once your ’emotional gout’ is under control make the life changes necessary to get off the pills and have control back in your world! It will be life changing!!