Here’s a story to illustrate:

I know how to get to my friend’s house. It’s pretty-well etched into my brain.

Over eight years, the trek has pretty much been the same. But, as I do with most well-traveled roads for my car trips, I activate my electronic consultant known as Waze or its sister, Google maps. Technology is a wonderful thing — having eyes on what I cannot.

But what I didn’t realize is that I clicked another address the search queue. I wasn’t present to my error in selection and off I went.

Not being aware had its consequences.

About a mile into my destination, I thought how odd it was that the directions were on a route that I’d never taken in the 8 years I’d traveled to my friend’s home.  I rationalized that there must be a really bad accident. It’s not unusual that I’d abdicated my critical thinking to the technology. The masses of Wazers must know something I don’t (although there was nothing to see on my screen to make this conclusion). A few more miles, with the clock ticking away, the route still felt unusual but I chalked it up to taking the scenic route.

I was going along for the ride, letting my device be in the driver’s seat.

A few more miles passed and I finally pulled over. I was nowhere near my intended destination (insert the sound of hand smack to the forehead). Laughing, I had ignored my own internal compass, subtle signs that something was off. I gave my device full control despite my hesitations.

The lesson of this story was this: How many times do you let an external influence dominate your actions or choices when it comes to your health?

Yes, new technologies can be important in deciding what’s best for you. It’s information worth considering. Chinese Medicine has adapted and adopted some modern features that I use with great results.

But when something feels off, do you trust yourself and your sensations to guide you to your truth, to be aware enough to listen and keep looking for answers?

After all, you have to live in your body. You have complete say-so over how and what medicine is right for you. The practice of being aware and present is great medicine and can lead you to even better results.