I have come to believe that sometimes we don’t listen to our own needs and wants. Therefore, our bodies find ways to “show” us what’s going on. And as we reach middle age, these messages tend to show up in new and unexpected ways.
Here’s an example – at one point, I was working in an increasingly toxic work environment. A few months later I noticed that I had a sharp pain around one of my shoulder blades. I was reading Dr. Caroline Myss’s book, Anatomy of the Spirt, at the time. One morning as I got out of my car to head into the office, I had one of those a-ha moments. My shoulder pain was my body’s way of telling me that I was being stabbed in the back. Once I had that realization and started taking steps to finding new employment, the pain started to abate. And once I had a new job, that pain went away.
So I found it interesting when I heard Dr. Christiane Northrup recently talk about something similar happening in relation to menopause. She noted that heart palpitations at menopause are related to changing hormones and our body’s increasing sensitivity to things that may overstimulate our hearts, such as refined carbohydrates, aspartame, caffeine, monosodium glutamate and alcohol.
However, Dr. Northrup also suggests that these palpitations may be triggere