1989. “You have tonsillitis.” I responded emphatically, “No, that is impossible! They removed my tonsils when I was 2 ½ years old!” The doctor smiled and replied just as emphatically, “Yes, you have tonsillitis AND you have tonsils!” He explained that my body grew a new set that was smaller than the originals but work just as well. How could this be? It opened my eyes to the idea that my body had its own intelligence.

I wanted to understand my body’s intelligence and started talking to it. If it could grow a new set of tonsils, surely it could communicate. Hunger, pain, bladder all gave signals. Was there more to be grasped? I was fascinated by this mystery treasure buried inside me.

I began talking to my body asking it to tell me what it needed, saying “I love and appreciate you.” Insights seeped into my awareness. Doing spring cleaning in my home, I realized my body was a home, too. That day I saw an article noting dandelion as a great spring tonic for cleansing the liver. Not believing there is any such thing as a ‘coincidence’ but rather a ‘synchronization’ of energies, I drank dandelion tea.

I wondered why we don’t educate children about themselves, their inner world resources, and how we function as human beings. Being a homeschooling mom, I created Experiential Anatomy. Here is an example:

Epiglottis role play: I was “chewed up food going down the wrong pipe.” My son delighted in being the epiglottis, tossing me onto large pillows as I headed towards him. The epiglottis is a small, movable “lid” just above the larynx that prevents food and drink from entering your windpipe. My son reveled in his epiglottis experience! It was one of many organs and systems I provided experiential learning for when I was homeschooling decades ago.

Each body part studied we drew and colored, then pinned on our clothes showing where it was located. Drawing/coloring/sewing brain pillows was a hoot!

“OUCH!” gets our attention when we are hurt. We go straight to the pain. Gnarling stomach sounds send us to food sources. We listen when there is discomfort. But what happens if we focus on prevention and really knowing our internal workings? When is the last time you said ‘good morning’ to your liver or kidneys? Have you told your stomach how much you appreciate it? 

Major philosophies teach us to “know thyself.” We commonly limit that to thoughts and emotional feelings. In this 3D reality we are missing out on major resources inside ourselves. 

When I broke my leg, I learned the relevance of being positive. I talked to my injured areas, felt grateful for healing opportunities, and LISTENED to its needs. Patience and self-calming are healing salves.

Let’s look inside…..we are walking miracles. The human body is an incredibly intelligent, complex ‘machine.’ Are you listening to it? It listens to what we are doing with our thoughts/feelings/intentions/body talk. Why wouldn’t it! Everything is connected as a system. 

The spleen stores worry. I apologize to it when I fall into the worry trap. Kidneys store fear. I do Qi Gong to loosen and release fear toxins daily to help them help me. Try telling your heart how much you LOVE it and FEEL that love.

Sample liver conversation: 

 “I O U, Liv, and want to help you with your multi-tasking expertise: making immune factors; removing bacteria from the bloodstream; resisting infections; regulating blood clotting; producing proteins for blood plasma; producing cholesterol to carry fats through the body; converting glucose into glycogen for storage and energy; producing bile to carry waste; regulating blood levels of amino acids; processing hemoglobin; converting poisonous ammonia, and clearing blood of drugs and poisonous substances. You are amazing! Thank you for ALL you do for me. I’ll drink dandelion tea and burdock tea, too!”

Let’s teach children how to self nourish: “It’s what’s inside that counts. Talk to your body. Listen to your body.” 


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Janai 'Grandma Boom' Mestrovich

Janai Mestrovich aka Grandma Boom’s passion for human potential and stress prevention has been a 40-year journey. With a Master’s Degree in Family and Child Development, she is a pioneer in children’s stress prevention programs, and author, newspaper columnist, TV producer/host/creator/writer, and international speaker. Janai’s awards and honors include: Silver Medal, NY International Film and Television Festival; Most Innovative Children’s Program, Oregon; Miss Hospitality of Kansas, 1969; invited and appointed to the Rosalynn Carter Institute National Caregiving Project Editorial Board; invited to represent prevention and rural areas at the Surgeon General’s Conference on Children’s Mental Health; watermelon seed spitting champion; 1st and 2nd place awards as Freedom Fairy in Ashland, Oregon’s July 4th parades. She is a pioneer and advocate in furthering holistic education for children, and delights in being an outrageously fun grandmother. Janai has taught at the University of Oregon and Southern Oregon University on Empowering Children, speaks at global conferences, and dresses in costume to teach in daycare settings about stress skills and emotional intelligence. She encourages all, young and old alike, to engage their joy-filled inner child, and tap into the freedom of holistic aging.

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