You’ve heard it said before…”Listen to your body.” But have you ever stopped to think about what this actually means? Our bodies are master communicators. Unfortunately, we are not always the best listeners.
We are constantly receiving signals from our bodies. They tell us when we are hungry, thirsty, tired, sick, in pain, in need of movement or rest or play. Some of these messages feel comfortable…some don’t…neither of which makes the message any less important.
In addition to these physical signals, our bodies are constantly sending messages based on “hunches” or “gut feelings.” We often process these messages with no regard for reason or evidence. This is referred to as intuition. When we are closely connected with our intuition, we learn to recognize it immediately and position our reactions accordingly. Although everyone has this ability, some don’t tap into it as naturally as others and must work to develop this skill. So how do we do this?
- Slow down. First and foremost. We cannot adequately listen to our bodies unless we allow ourselves to slow down, breathe and open our hearts.
- Check in with your body. What is your body physically telling you? When you think of accepting that higher-pay but higher-stress job, do you tense up or do you smile? When you push yourself a little harder during exercise, do your muscles enjoy it or do they cry out in resistance? Check in with these physical reactions regularly.
- Meditate. Focus on calming the monkey mind, the mental jibber-jabber. Create space. Take some of the power from your thoughts and give it back to your body.
- Move. Your body was made to move. Indulge it. Get out and exercise. Do some yoga. Enjoy some fresh air. Your body will thank you.
- Go where the wind blows. Do what feels natural. Don’t force yourself to do things you know won’t serve you. Don’t overthink and don’t second guess. Just do YOU.
Your body is wise beyond its years, the epitome of wisdom, in fact. It wants to be your #1 ally and nothing less. Learn to understand it. Trust it. Love it. Listen to its quiet whispers now, and avoid the screams later. The language of our bodies is one of the greatest gifts we have been given. We must not let it go to waste.