Notes From the Inner Coast: consciousness raising in the river of life…
Think of the colon as the banks of the River of Life. Not just the river banks, but also the bank vaults housing trillions of microbial flora living in the banks because of the river flowing thru and around this remarkably revealing, living river delta we call colon. It contains 6 square feet of surface area, snugly tucked into folds, pockets and loops overlying the first chakra, or physical body, and curled up around the second chakra, or emotional body, just like a sleeping baby. This extraordinary end organ holds tremendous amounts of unconscious data via its local nervous system reflex arcs to underlying organs and systems throughout the entire organism. From head to heel in all of us, the location of these arcs mimics the form, and I suggest the consciousness, of an inner infant–always in your lap. The emotional age of your colon is no older than 18 months, and practically prelingual. I mean it is more susceptible and sensitive to feelings, both physical sensations and emotional feeling experiences, than it is to conscious command. When it gets stuffed up, you get irritable, and worse. Colon demonstrates a mysterious blend of involuntary and voluntary nervous system controls driven largely by the organisms flowing through it and the neurotransmitter cascade that is triggered and released there. That’s how it got the nickname ‘the second brain’. That’s why successful bowel training takes some practical applications of cognitive and behavioral science. Whether it’s a baby being potty trained, or an adult learning normal bowel hygiene for the first time and learning to reprogram their gut in a conscious way, the process is based very much on principles of behavioral psychology. A carefully timed enema (after a bowel movement), can be successfully used to cleanse, strengthen colon and relieve chronic constipation permanently simply by regular practice. In my experience, it generally takes about 3 weeks of mindful focus which includes changes in food choices, purposeful exercise, and water management. The specific prescriptive changes are somewhat unique to each individual. But for everyone, improving bowel hygiene includes regular, especially seasonal practice of cleansing and nourishing ourselves. In other words, follow-up is key! It’s never ‘one and done’! Remember: the road to health is paved with good intestines!
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– Jillian VanNostrand, RN