Do you know how to listen to your body?
My own healing journey taught me to listen to and follow my body’s advice. I felt this connection for the first time about 9 years ago. The best way I can describe it is as a reconnection of the body and soul. It also frees up a ton of energy – the energy we normally use to suppress this connection.
Recently I moderated a conversation on Facebook where a woman admitted she doesn’t get this whole ‘your body knows faster than your brain’ thing.
She claimed there was a scientific name for the inability to feel. She said she felt betrayed by her body every single time. When I asked her how she made decisions without her body’s consent, she answered that she simply considered her brain part of her body.
Well, this is true, and not.
Yes – our brain is part of our body of course. I know that treating my body well – eating whole foods, avoiding addictive substances, exercising regularly, breathing fresh, clean air – will affect my brain: my outlook, my mood, my frame of mind. But I also know my brain doesn’t always tell me the truth about my body.
What being an intuitive has taught me is: our brains like to make up stories. And very often we allow these stories to run the show. But if you listen to and trust what your body is telling you, you can circumvent the stories. You can get to the point in lightning speed.
So how do you do it?
You open the door to your inside. Yes, I know it sounds cheesy and simple, but it’s true. And I know it’s not easy. What makes us disconnect from our bodies are all the traumatic experiences and bad things that ever happened to us. They act as a filter through which we see the world, a distorted lens trained on the negative.
Why don’t we turn around and look for positive experiences? They’re also there. But somehow we can’t see them as easily.
Two weeks ago, I taught a workshop in whole body sensation. I taught my participants how to sense with everything they’ve got. They worked in pairs. One was the sender and the other was the receiver. They loved it. The connection they felt inside themselves was warm and inviting. They discovered that sensing this way gave them energy rather than draining their reserves.
It took me awhile, but today I live in the world of intense connection between my inner and outer world. I know that without this connection, I wouldn’t be able to do my work. I’m acutely aware when the door inside is about to close. I feel it as severe discomfort and restlessness. And I do everything to open up again.
Chances are, your brain has some stories it’s telling you, keeping you from fully connecting with your body. You can get closer. You can learn how to listen to your body. Are you ready to find out how?