Our demanding lives and IBS


our demanding lives

We all feel deep down that we have demanding lives.

Originally, survival was our sole purpose of living. Our days were spent entirely looking for food, resting, keeping warm, protecting ourselves from predators, continuing the species by having children and looking after them.

Life was simple and difficult.

Things have changed, or have they?

We no longer need to live in that kind of survival mode.

We have a roof over our heads. Food is plentiful and easily accessible.

We do have to earn some money to get our basics needs met, but our real challenge is to fill up our otherwise empty lives.

So we have invented new needs, like status and possessions, and the need to think, analyze to solve our new problems. We learned to do this at school, and continue to do this at work.

The one muscle we are constantly cultivating is our brain. And this is where things have gone wrong for us. We think non-stop. And without us noticing it, we get used to blocking out our physical selves and letting our minds take over.

Even as a society, we reward thinking, doing and “achieving”, not feeling, being and living.

We are encouraged to be ultra-individualist and competitive, instead of simply and sincerely working together towards common goals.

And we have started a love-hate relationship with money. It is no longer a simple means of exchanging with others. Money has become laced with need, greed, power and suspicion.

Our demanding lives

What are we filling up our lives with?

The quest for success, money and social recognition. This all looks great from the outside, but this is not what we were designed for – and not what makes us truly happy either.

We are meant to be active, to eat nourishing food, to work together, and to enjoy life now, not tomorrow.

Instead we are stuck on our computers, ticking off lists, competing with coworkers and stuffing something quick and cheap to eat, and dreaming of a brighter future.

Where is the enjoyment, the fulfillment?

Instead of living for today, we are seeing how much money we can make today. Afraid that we won’t have enough. Our decisions come from a space of fear and lack. We have been taught this attitude, and the economic crisis reinforced this “truth”.

And this is leading us to deep chronic imbalance.

IBS is a sign of that imbalance is taking its toll. It’s an early warning siren that our demanding lives are becoming … too demanding.

So the big question is, how can you create more balance in your life today?

What small or big things need to change to put you back on an even keel?

What little things can you notice or take part in that you get fun out of? 

The answers may not easy to find, but your health depends on it.