Ep. 64: Dr. Maya Novak – How to Heal Completely From Any Type of Injury

We need to be our own best cheerleader.

Sure, we all have down moments and sometimes it’s hard to do that. But constantly only relying on others to tell you what to do, how to think, where to go, what to choose, how to do things, can leave you in confusion, fear, and disappointment. I truly believe that each and every one of us already possesses all the answers that we need in any kind of situation and with any kind of challenge. The problem is that many forget how to listen to that tiny voice within, or can’t hear it because they fill their minds with external stuff from social media, TV, newspapers, magazines – and to hear it, it’s necessary to have some quiet time.

Because we all have the capacity to heal – but we need to get in touch with it.

And through my own healing journey and through working with other injured people, I’ve developed my Mindful Injury Recovery Method, but I’ve also learned that to apply it in the best way, you have to ask the right questions.

These are things that I ask people when working with them one on one, but you should definitely be asking them yourself whenever you’re faced with an injury, even if it seems something unimportant.

In this solo episode where I explain these details, you’ll discover:

  • What is your inner healing power and how to release it.
  • About Dr. Maya’s unique approach to healing and why it works so well.
  • What is The Mindful Injury Recovery Method and how to use it to your advantage.
  • The 5 questions to explore that will help you turn things around fast.

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The show notes are written in chronological order

00:00 – excerpt from the episode
01:01 – intro (listen to discover a little more about your host. Martin will tell you a new lesser-known fact about Dr. Maya)

Dr. Maya Novak:
We need to be our own best cheerleader. Sure, we all have down moments and sometimes it’s hard to do that. But constantly only relying on others to tell you what to do, how to think, where to go, what to choose, how to do things, can leave you in confusion, fear, and disappointment. I truly believe that each and every one of us already possesses all the answers that we need in any kind of situation and with any kind of challenge. The problem is that many forget how to listen to that tiny voice within, or can’t hear it because they fill their minds with external stuff from social media, TV, newspapers, magazines – and to hear it, it’s necessary to have some quiet time. In 2020 I hosted my second Mindful Injury Recovery World Summit where I brought together the world’s top healing experts, asked them thought-provoking questions, and got answers for my listeners that started changing their healing and lives. And each year I also did a bonus presentation – shared things from my perspective, knowledge, and experience. What you’ll hear is the bonus presentation from the second year and I’m excited to hear how this lecture and also the 5 questions will help you on this journey. Please enjoy.

Dr. Maya Novak:
So, this is a bonus presentation. I am not going to be joined by anyone. However, I am going to share with you my unique approach to healing – what my mindful injury recovery is, how it was created, and how to use it your advantage. I am going to also share with you how to turn things around really fast, but most importantly, I’m going to talk about how to heal completely from any type of injury. Excited? I know that I am!
Before I go into all of this, I would like to share with you a bit about myself, my story, especially if this is the first time that we meet. As you already know, I am Dr. Dr. Maya Novak:. I’m the host of this Summit, and I’m a mindful healing expert. My life completely changed a few years ago when, in October 2012, I went rock-climbing with girlfriends, and I slipped and broke and dislocated my right ankle. It was a long journey. A long 12 weeks of non-weight bearing, six months of using crutches, almost a year of not being able to walk faster than a snail. Even though the recovery was long, there was something different. I was recovering differently than most people do. Because what I heard from the doctors when I was in the hospital was that I would have problems walking on uneven surfaces for the rest of my life. That I would be limping for the rest of my life, and be in pain for the rest of my life. There was also a really big possibility of my talus bone dying off, which would then mean more surgeries that could be successful or not. But my reality was different, and during my whole recovery journey, there was basically no swelling, no pain, no complications, no nothing. Two years and four months after the accident, I also completed and finished my first long-distance triathlon race, which was something that should be pretty much impossible after this type of injury. I asked myself many times how come things are different with me. How come people don’t have the same or at least a similar experience that I did? And why are my doctors and physiotherapists so surprised every time they see me, every they see my ankle? The answer to these questions came a few years later when I analyzed in depth, step by step, what I was actually doing and focusing on, on a daily basis. I discovered the missing link and this changed everything. This is how my Mindful Injury Recovery Method was born.

Now, before I go into my method and explain more about what this is about, I want to talk about the healing power we all possess, we all carry within, because the thing is, your body is an amazing system. Something it does really well is that it can heal itself perfectly or with ease or in the best possible way. It has everything that it needs to put itself back together after it’s been hurt or damaged. But the thing with how we live is that we are not fully aware of this healing power that we possess. The body is broken and its capacity – it is built to heal itself, to repair any damage, and most importantly, to thrive. So, the way we live, we are not fully aware of that. And the thing is also, that we think that we need something from the outside – someone or something from the outside – to heal us or that we need someone else’s permission to use this healing power. So, we are actually consciously or unconsciously giving this healing power away – going from doctor to doctor, to a physiotherapist, to a chiropractor, and so on. What you actually need to do, how to release this healing power within you, and how to tap into this is that you resolve what is happening with you internally. You resolve anything that is in the way of its release. When I’m also talking about the healing power, I’m not just talking about physically supporting the body. For example, doing the exercises, and food, hydration and sleep and so on, so physically, something that is more from the outside, even though this is also something very important. I’m not talking just about the physical aspect because physically you can also support your body by putting a cast on a broken leg. This is physically supporting the body in the healing process, but I’m not talking just about that. It is important, but it’s a small part of it. The part that most people are not aware of, and also the part that mainstream medical approach is pretty much not aware of or it doesn’t work enough with, is the connection between the mind and the body. The conventional approach to treating injuries is that they see injuries as a separate component or like mechanical damage that only requires mechanical treatment, mechanical repair. But that’s not the case. This is not how things work because the mind and the body cannot be separated. They are one. They cannot be separated. Everything that is happening with you internally, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, has a direct effect on your body, on your physical body because everything is connected. Ignoring or not dealing with what is happening with you internally, on the conscious and subconscious level, is what prevents your healing power to work at its full capacity. Using the power of your mind – your conscious and subconscious mind, using the power of your emotions is how you truly tap into this healing potential and help the body to recover quickly and effortlessly.

This is what the Mindful Injury Recovery Method is all about. The principle of my Mindful Injury Recovery Method is going beyond just the physical parts that are, of course, needed and important to support the healing body. However, they are not enough. The Mindful Injury Recovery Method holistically takes approaches of healing and combines all aspects needed for the body to truly heal and start thriving. That means that we are going deep into the conscious and subconscious mind and resolving what is happening internally, and what actually prevents the body from healing in the best possible way, this principle of going beyond just the physical. Don’t get me wrong, getting professional support from a doctor, from a surgeon, or a PT is needed, and it is important, yes. Doing the exercises is important, yes. Eating food and correctly nourishing your body is important. Staying hydrated and drinking enough liquids, preferably water is important. But if you don’t take care of the emotional and mental aspects of healing, if you don’t deal with what is happening with you internally, if you focus mostly or only on the physical aspect of recovery, if you also ignore the signs that your body giving you. If you rely only on medical advice that neglects all of what I just shared with you, in my experience, this can cost you – weeks, months, years or sometimes even decades of time that otherwise you could be living pain-free and to the fullest. That’s also the reason why this Summit has been created in the way that it’s created, why specifically these healing experts are here – to talk about a lot of the times, and mostly, going beyond just the physical because this is the missing link. The missing link is resolving what is happening with you – internally what is happening with you emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The thing that you need to know, and perhaps you already know, is that you are way more than just the physical body, and your state matters. So, just a really simple example that will show how your emotional state affects your body. Think about it. Think about when you are stressed out. Where do you feel tension? Some people feel it in their shoulders and neck. Some people feel it in the stomach. Is this you? Do you feel the tension in your stomach? Do you get cramps when you are stressed out? This is me, definitely. I get cramps when I’m stressed out. Some people feel it in the chest area. So, perhaps the tension is there, or they experience headaches. When you are stressed out, where do you feel the tension? This is just a simple example, and we all have these experiences. We know that our emotional state matters and yet when we are injured, physically injured, what do we focus on? What is our focus about? Finding solutions outside of us, especially if you are on this journey for long or longer periods of time. Going from one doctor to another doctor to a physiotherapist, to an osteopath, to a chiropractor, to a massage therapist, to an acupuncturist – you name it, and so on, and so on. I know how it is. I’ve been there. I was doing that as well, but it doesn’t work. Because what it does, when you are looking for the solution outside of you, and focusing mostly on that, you are basically giving your healing power away. As I said, yes, doctors, surgeons, physiotherapists, people who help you physically are extremely important. And yes, you do need that as well. However, focusing mostly or only on just that is what can cost you weeks, months, years, decades, perhaps your whole life.

Now, I would like to talk about how to turn things around fast. So, I’m going to share with you five questions that will help you turn things around fast. Why is it important to turn things around fast? Because the faster your body can relax, the faster it can heal itself in the best possible way. Right now, this situation, this is a great opportunity. You are just gifted with a great opportunity to not only discover how incredibly powerful you are, but to also deal with things that you’ve been pushing aside or perhaps saying that you’re going to deal with that, you know, when you have time somewhere in the future. Or also trying to make a decision and you’ve been sitting, and should I go that way, should I go that way? Right now, what happened, it was almost like something has said to you, hey honey, we cannot postpone it anymore, it’s time, we need to do this. So, right now, especially if you have a more serious injury, and you are sitting there or lying down, then you have a lot of time to think about it, right. These five questions will help you release the mental and emotional stuckness –and will be the stepping-stones in your efforts. Before I go into the questions, I just remembered something. One thing that I very often hear from people is that the recovery is one of the hardest things that they have done in their life. And not so much because of the physical challenges, even though they are real, absolutely, but because of the internal struggles. These may be negative thoughts about healing, the ‘what if’ scenarios, the worst case, what if scenarios. Feeling overwhelmed and frustration and fear and worry, and sadness, and everything that actually comes along with all of that. If you feel that this is one of the hardest things that you’ve ever done in your life, I get it, because it’s not easy. First, of course, it’s physically challenging, but then everything that comes along is just that cherry on the top. So, resolving that will help your body to heal quickly and effortlessly. As I said, we’re going to resolve, you’re going to start resolving the emotional turmoil and the mental stuckness because when you do that, this then creates the opportunity to truly tap into your natural healing power. This is natural to you. It’s not something you get from the outside, as we talked about before.

Dr. Maya Novak:
We'll continue in just a moment. I wanted to quickly jump in for two things. First, thank you for tuning in. And second, I’m sure you have at least one friend, colleague, or family member who would very much appreciate this episode. So share it with them and help us spread the word. Now let’s continue…

Dr. Maya Novak:
So, question number one is ‘Where does this come from?’ Often people think that sadness or fear or worry or whatever is happening is a result of that very specific situation that they are in. Let’s say that you have a broken ankle or a broken back or something like that, and you are experiencing a lot of those emotions and you think, well, you know what, if I were not here in this situation, I would be completely okay. Well, that’s not the case because the emotions you are experiencing right now are most likely connected to something from your past, something that happened months, years, decades ago, perhaps even early in your childhood, and right now, it’s just coming to the surface. So, there was a great opportunity for those things to come to the surface. Yes, perhaps, if you weren’t injured you might not be experiencing those emotions in such a big way. They wouldn’t be so big, but they would still be there because we don’t feel those bursts of anger or sadness or fear or any other emotion because that particular event is so great, but because the mind, by its nature, has access to every single experience in our lives. Your mind has access to every single experience in your life, and the negative emotions that are not resolved and that are not released are stored in the body and down the road, they can cause physical problems. And very often, they do cause them. That’s also why one of the first things that I do when I start working with a client privately is that I guide him or her through a process of releasing those negative emotions that are just lingering around. Because when we do that, the body kind of relaxes and it can do what it knows best, and this is to heal, right. So, where does this come from? Where is this coming from for you? This is the question. What you do think could be an unresolved emotion, an unresolved situation, or event from your past that is right now coming to the surface? I can give you just an example. I once worked with a client who, a few years prior to her ankle injury, had a miscarriage. She actually never really dealt with her emotions. So, once she released that, something truly magical happened in her body. Within a few days, her otherwise really stiff ankle loosened up. You might say, well, maybe she started doing a different kind of exercises. No. Actually, it was just that she was not doing any extra exercises or any different exercises, but she was resolving and releasing those stored emotions and the body responded in a positive way. I’ve been experiencing this over and over and over again with my clients. Because unprocessed emotions are stored in the body, linger around, and create problems.

So, the first question is where does this come from? The second question is “Is this mine?” Sometimes we react in the way that we react not because this type of behavior is ours, but because we react how we think people around would want us to react. Or we mimic them. Or perhaps we just mimic what we’ve witnessed in the past. The thing here is really to ask your self is this really mine? How I am reacting right now, is this mine? Perhaps it is, but perhaps it’s not. Also, it’s not necessarily that your reaction is how your family member, or members, or friends are reacting. Perhaps in the past, you watched a movie and now you are also mimicking how the actors were reacting in that particular movie. It’s a very important to quest to ask and to explore.

Question number three is ‘What can I do to feel better?’ It doesn’t matter what was happening a minute ago or this morning or yesterday or a week ago or whatever. The most important thing is what’s going to happen in the next moment – so, a moment from here. It doesn’t matter what was happening in the past. What can you do to feel better right now? And the most important thing is when you get the answer, you allow yourself to experience that – dancing, journaling, singing, reading, visualizing, meditating – whatever it is. What is it that can help you feel better in this moment? I can give you an example. At the beginning of 2017, I experienced a really deep depression. One of the things that I remember so clearly was when I asked myself, so what can I do to feel better right now, is that I knew what I could do, but I didn’t do it because I thought that I don’t deserve it, that I don’t deserve to feel better, that I need to be punished. Eventually, I did allow myself to get out of that darkness and start choosing a different reality. A very important thing is when you get the answer, act on it because you can have all the theory, everything, but until you start doing that, until you start practicing that, until you embody that, nothing can change. So, allow yourself to experience that, whatever it is. Another thing, if, for example, right now you cannot do something. Let’s say that you cannot move out of your house and the beach is I don’t know how many hours away, and you cannot go to the beach but you really think that walking on the beach or just being on the beach would help you to feel better. A really great thing that you do, is actually you can visualize. You can close your eyes and really imagine you being there doing what you think would help you. Turn on all of your senses – so smell and touch and hear what you are hearing, and see, and really be there. Because the magic thing about our minds and about visualization is that it turns on the same parts of the brain that otherwise would be turned on if you would be doing that right now. This is something that I use very often when I get the answer, well, it would really be nice – or would really help me to do xyz, but I am physically perhaps unable to do that in that moment. I close my eyes and I visualize it. This is something that I share with clients all the time, and it works. It’s just incredible. So, what can you do to feel better right now?

Question number four is ‘Who can I reach out to that will help me turn the needle into the positive direction or a positive way?’ What I suggest here is to create a list of people that you can reach out to. This list should include also health professionals that your resonate with, and who can help you in this healing journey. And, yes, shameless promotion, this can be me as well! But having someone who can listen is important. So, having a support system within your family and friends is very important, someone who can listen. But it’s also very important that that person truly understands what you are going through, and that they can offer you healing tools that will turn things around for you, that will help your body, that will help you to heal quickly and effortlessly. Often what I hear from my clients, sometimes I start working with them, and the injury or accident happened a week prior and then we are already working together. But sometimes they found me a bit later or they reach out a bit later, and so often I hear, well, no one wants to listen to me anymore because I’m sharing, I need to share this, but everybody is just so sick of it. That’s why it’s beneficial if you actually reach out to someone who is professionally doing this, and listening and offering you the healing tools. Now, I’m a huge fan of positive lists and I help clients create those. For example, lists that you can create for yourself are people to reach out to, or what I can do when I feel blue, or what I can do when I feel anxious – these types of lists. For example, the last one that I mentioned, what can I do when I feel anxious? It’s really good that you create this type of list when you feel good, when you are in a positive vibration because it’s very, very hard to have incredible, amazing ideas when we are down, when we feel down and when we are in darkness. So, for many lists, it is good that you create them upfront when you feel good, okay.

Question number five is ‘What is this situation teaching me, what’s the opportunity here?’ To get out the darkness, it really helps if you look for the positive learnings. Could it be that there is more to this injury than is visible to the naked eye? Think about this. Could there actually be a reason that goes way beyond that just, you know, I injured myself because I was not paying attention to what was going on around me. Or I didn’t pay attention to those steps going down the stairs, slipped, and fractured a knee, ankle, or femur or whatever it is. Could there actually be a reason that goes beyond that? This is something that I work with pretty often with clients, uncovering what the injury symbolizes and what needs to be attended to in their life? In my experience, this can also have multiple layers. It’s not necessarily that there is just one reason. Or perhaps if you already have something, and you’re like, oh yeah, perhaps that’s that, perhaps this is the only thing, but perhaps there is more than just that. It’s almost like peeling an onion. The more you peel it, the deeper you go. So, from the top of your head, would you know what this injury metaphorically represents for you - what it metaphorically represents in your life? Does anything ring a bell? What do you think that it’s connected to? One thing while you are thinking, it’s not really a coincidence that you injured exactly that part of the body and not something else. Now, if you are thinking in regards to this question what is this connect to and if you got nothing, it’s completely okay. It’s okay. This just means that we would need to go into it from a different aspect or ask you a bit differently, so no worries, if you did not get any answer. But metaphorically, your injury represents something. I can share with you that I learned this a really time ago, and I think that I consciously became aware of noticing these types of metaphors in my teens. What I consciously started noticing was that when I not listening or paying attention to what needed my attention, and what needed to be resolved, I was getting more signs, little signs. And not necessarily the same thing or the same situation. The situation might be different. I might be connected in that particular situation with different people, but the core message was always the same. It’s like this. Have you ever observed a really good communicator or perhaps this is you. They express something, and then they observe how the person or a group interacts or how they respond. Now, if a person they talk to doesn’t really get it, like, oh, what? They explain it or ask it in a different kind of way. It’s the same with this. It’s similar with your injury. It’s similar how your body communicates with you about things that need your attention. You can also say that your body communicates with you through all these experiences. Or you can also say that life, the universe, god, communicates to you through your body. Makes sense? My experience, something that happened recently – well, basically at the beginning of this year. I injured myself three times and even though they were minor injuries, the scary thing was that each next injury was bigger and more severe. So, what was happening at the beginning of January? Well, basically the whole of January because of all this was happening during three weeks. The first injury that I got was that I cut my right foot on a really sharp stone on the beach. Nothing really serious, but it was still there. One of the things that I was thinking that day, and also the next day, was is there a sign to this? Is there any reason why this happened? And let me tell you what I did. I was like you know what Maya? Not everything is a sign in this life. Sometimes things just happen. Perhaps this is just that. Things happen. Move on. And I did. It was okay. It just happened. The next week, a week later, I slipped and fell on our motorbike and I dropped it on my right ankle, on my right leg. Nothing was injured accept a few bruises on my knee and arm, but mostly it was just the right side – again, the right side. I started thinking, so is there a reason for that? I was like, well, maybe. Maybe it’s not, you know. But I did start taking more care of myself. So, I was like maybe I should take care of myself more. Maybe I should start creating some boundaries or something like that. The third injury that I had again a week later, I got a jaw spasm. I’ve had it a few times in my life in the past, and every time that this happened it took me a few days or up to a week for the muscles to really relax and that I was able to use my mouth as normal. So, just able to chew food where consistency is different than just a boiled potato. But, even though in the past it took me a few days, up to a week for the muscles to relax, not this time. This time it was different because I did something differently. For me, that was like you know what, this is one, two, three injuries. I really do need to look into it. So, first, I took out the book that I use when I am connecting the dots and what is actually happening, and I opened it on the jaw problems. What it said, was that this is connected to resentment, anger and desire for revenge. The right side, I also know – and just for you to know as well – the right side is connected to masculine energy. Either your masculine energy or things related to men that we interact with, that you interact with. I opened the book, there was resentment, anger, and desire for revenge and it literally took me four seconds to realize what that was connected to. There was an incident with some guy and a friend on Christmas Eve. We had a Christmas dinner and there was some incident and I was hurt by the reactions of people involved, and even though on the outside it looked completely okay, everything is fine, internally, it wasn’t. I was angry. I was really angry. That resentment was lingering around. So, I knew I had to address this, and I had to resolve it. What I did is that pulled out my healing ‘toolbox’ and I took a few techniques. This healing ‘toolbox’, you could say, consists of all the healing techniques that I share and teach. And I was really committed to resolve this because it was obvious that there is something from this situation that is holding me back, and my body communicates with me through different kinds of injuries. A few things that I started on were releasing anger, forgiveness, letting go, change of my perception, and the fifth thing that I also did, was I started choosing a different kind of thoughts. It’s not necessarily that something takes you like days or hours and hours and hours to work on. Sometimes things can be changed like really in a moment. When you know all of these kinds of techniques, you can use them for basically almost anything that creates this emotional turmoil and mental stuckness.
Back to the story, what happened is that the jaw spasm that would otherwise take me days to resolve, it was resolved within a couple of hours. It just showed me again how extremely important the state is, resolving things internally it also resolved. My body relaxed and the spasm was gone. So, the emotional and mental aspect is what really matters when we talk about physical healing, healing of the body. Yes, I became free of this injury or injuries because I became free mentally and emotionally. The question here is, is it possible that there’s more to what’s happening with you right now? And is it possible that the answers, like well, you know, I injured myself because I was in a hurry and I wasn’t paying attention to what was happening around me. Or I injured myself because I drank or I was drunk. I injured myself because I was not concentrating or paying attention to what I was doing. I injured myself because I was wearing tennis shoes in snow. I injured myself because I not paying attention to those steps going down the stairs. I should hold into the rail but I didn’t, so that’s the reason why injured myself. So, is it possible that there is more to do than just what meets the naked eye?

Talking about my ankle injury, for example, and what I mentioned before that it’s like peeling an onion. My ankle injury definitely had more layers as well. The biggest thing, I would say, was that I needed to really deal with sexual abuse that I experienced as a child, as a little girl. But it was also an opportunity to learn how to trust men, to learn how to ask for help and then receive it, to learn how to put myself first and create boundaries, how to express myself. There were so many amazing opportunities for me to deal with, to practice, and to embody. Also, one of the things was how to love my body no matter what. Because often what happens is when you seriously injury yourself, your body starts to change, especially if you were super active before and you had really nice muscle tone, for example, and right now it’s gone, right. If you haven’t been using your arm or leg, it’s gone. This really taught me. I also learned how to love my body no matter what. And, another example, a few years after this ankle injury I developed chronic pain in my hips and my lower back. The main reason for this was fear, especially fear of an unknown future. And until I resolved that, the pain persisted. So now, of course, I am pain free, but for a couple of years it really felt like that there is no solution. And the pain persisted that long also because I was looking for the solution outside of me. I was giving my healing power away. I was going from doctor to doctor, to a physiotherapist, to a chiropractor, to an osteopath, to a massage therapist – looking for the solution outside of me. And until I resolved the emotional aspect, until I resolved fear, the pain persisted.
I would love to talk more about fear right now because it’s a very common topic of this Summit, but it’s also really relevant right now, even if you are not injured. So, how can fear after an injury become a serious problem? Fear is natural. It’s a natural response to a dangerous situation, and thank goodness we have that response because otherwise if we wouldn’t be afraid of anything, we wouldn’t survive. Also, in regards to the fight in flight response, how we usually describe it is with a bear in a forest or a tiger in a jungle that is chasing you. This is how we normally explain the fight or flight response.
Your body gets all flooded with stress hormones and so on, but when this is over everything goes back to normal. Also, if you got hurt, if you got injured, this is the time when you start healing. Because here’s the thing, you cannot sit on two seats at the same time. Either you are stressed out and your body is in a stress mode or your body’s relaxed and you are in the healing mode. So, you cannot be on two seats. Either you are here, or you are there. The thing is that dangerous external situations are one thing, however, the thoughts we think, the emotions that we feel, have the same effect as a dangerous external situation. So even if there is there no bear or no tiger, what you’re thinking, what you’re feeling can have the same or very, very similar effect on your body. This can then negatively affect your healing. It affects it in a negative way. Going back to fear, if you don’t resolve it at the beginning or as soon as possible, then it can really become a serious problem down the road. I’ve seen it many, many times. That fear of stepping awkwardly or a fear of walking without the crutches even though it’s time to ditch them, you don’t need them anymore, but you’re still walking around with the crutches. Fear of, for example, a slippery floor. Or fear of pain – and by the way, a fear of pain can also be one of the reasons for limping. So, if you are limping and it’s way over that time – let’s just leave it there, it’s not the time to talk about this right now, we are talking about fear and going into a different route. These types of fears, if you don’t resolve them, these can bit by bit translate into other areas of your life as well. Your injury might be the first thing, the first step, but then because you are afraid of ____ fill in the blank, whatever it is that you are afraid of, you don’t do the same activities with your family and friends anymore. Or you don’t go out when it’s raining. Or you don’t do things anymore that you once loved. Or you stop playing with your children; you don’t play as much with your children anymore because you are afraid of pain. So, you start actually shrinking. Instead of expanding, you start shrinking, and you can become trapped.
So yes, it started with your injury, but unresolved fear can then translate to other areas of your life. And unresolved emotions, like I shared before, also get trapped in the body and they linger there and cause physical problems. So, it is very important. This is one of the things why now when I start working with a client privately, the first thing that we do is that I guide them through the process of releasing negative emotions such as fear and sadness and hurt and anger and guilt and so on because that then creates the healing space for the body. The body then relaxes and it can do what it knows best, which is to heal.
So, the question is, how do you actually heal completely from any type of injury?
You heal completely by resolving what is happening internally – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, by doing that you become free of this physical trauma. Being completely healed, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your body is completely as it was before the accident. So, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are 100 percent, but you at peace – free and at peace from what happened, how it happened, and healing old wounds. This brings you to being completely healed and being free. Being free of this trauma also means that it doesn’t matter anymore if your body is 100 percent, 70 percent, 88 percent, whatever percentage it is. You are happy and you are grateful, and you are in a better place than you were before the accident.
This is the essence of the Mindful Injury Recovery Method. Going deep into the conscious and subconscious mind and releasing negative emotions, changing thoughts, perception, dealing with forgiveness, fear and so on. This is the essence.
This is also for your recovery to continue in the best possible way. Using that is how you actually continue with your injury recovery, even if the doctor said, well, this is as good as it’s going to get. I’ve heard this so many times. But even if you’ve heard that, it doesn’t mean that it ends there. I can say it with full confidence because I experienced it myself. I’ve experienced that with my clients, and I’m seeing this over and over and over again.
Here at this Summit, like I said, it is also created in this way because it’s really important to go beyond just the physical. This outline with these five questions and everything that I talked about and shared with you is how you can start doing more. So, how you can continue healing even if you heard that something is impossible. If you’ve heard that, that doesn’t mean that this is the ultimate truth. It’s an opinion of that person. You do have an incredible power within you. Take it back and release it. This is how you heal completely from any type of injury.
Of course, if you would like to go deeper into the Mindful Injury Recovery Method, or if you would like to work with me privately, you can get all the information on my website mayanovak.com. You can also schedule a call with me if you go to mayanovak.com/discovery.

Dr. Maya Novak
Thank you for tuning into today’s episode with yours truly, Dr. Maya Novak. If you haven’t done it yet, subscribe to the podcast on whatever platform you’re using to tune in, and as mentioned before, please feel free to share this episode and podcast with your loved ones and help them out. To access show notes, links, and transcript of today’s episode go to mayanovak.com/podcast. To learn more about The Mindful Injury Recovery Method visit my website mayanovak.com and find my book Heal Beyond Expectations on Amazon. Until next time – keep evolving, blooming, and healing.

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Dr. Maya

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