But now Elizabeth Gilbert – author of Eat Pray Love – has added a new method of how to tend to something painful, in this case, an injured knee.
In a new Facebook post the best-selling writer shares that she had helped find the cause of what was hurting her knee by talking to it.
"I used to have a bad knee," the 46-year-old reveals. "It started during my divorce, when every part of me was falling apart – head to toe, inside and out. But my left knee was the worst of it."
Then five years ago, Gilbert confesses she had an epiphany.
"I asked my knee what it wanted from me," she says. "I literally spoke to it. I got very quiet, and very sleepy, and I said, 'Tell me what you need from me, dear knee. I'm listening. I'll do whatever you say. Surgery? A replacement? More gentle care? More acupuncture? A change of diet? Reiki? Just give me the word.'"
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"Then I got very quiet, and my knee told me what it wanted. I heard the answer in the depths of my mind, as clear as day. It said, 'GO FASTER.'"
And five years later, Gilbert found herself hiking in the Italian Alps, something she never thought she would be able to do.
She continues in the post, that has received 10,000 likes and counting: "Go faster, said my knee. Go running. Go climbing. Go dancing. Use me. Jump up and down on me. I am a KNEE. There is absolutely nothing wrong with me. I am wondrously designed, said my knee."
The author points out that she is no medical expert, and that "nobody experiences pain the same way, which is why it's so difficult to treat," but urges her friends and followers to consider the possibility of every part of our bodies wanting to be "used".
"What if your knee wants you to climb a mountain, to show you how powerful you actually are? Wouldn't that be crazy? Wouldn't that be freaking wild? Wouldn't that fill you with so much joy, you feel that your heart may burst from it?"