Our Bodies holds more intelligence than we give credit to it.
Our bodies functions to we can be our best, however, sometimes we ignore its messages and drive ahead with what our minds tell us. Perhaps because we’re not taught from early on to pay attention to internal messages as well as external demands, we frequently ignore our body’s communications.
Instead of paying attention to our bodies signals, we will take the extra-strength aspirin headache instead of investigating the cause. We use more caffeine or sugar to give us a lift when we feel tired, rather than hearing our body’s message about needing rest or recognizing our fatigue as an early symptom of burnout we’d do well to heed. Or perhaps we’re so disconnected from the wisdom of our bodies that we have no idea what we really want to eat, reacting instead to the temptations that abound in our imagination and in the ads we see.
Ways to give our bodies an equal say in how we use its wisdom…
Start with the breath
Take A Pause. Turn off your thoughts and just let yourself experience the inflow and outflow of breath. Label them, “In. Out. In. Out.” Note how and where you are breathing or failing to, a clear sign something important is going on.
Allow for quietude
Sit for 4 – 12 minutes just observing yourself, even (especially!) in the middle of a busy day. If sitting doesn’t work, take a walk, get a message, find the space to do “nothing” and just be what is going on within.
Journal to dialogue with your body
Ask your body how it’s feeling, what it wants, what’s going on. Give that sore wrist or stiff lower back a voice and let it tell you what its message is.
Take a body inventory for relaxation
Start with your toes and work upwards. Scan your body from the inside. Or try tensing each part slightly, then relaxing it to release residual tension.
Practice Be Awareness
Get used to tuning in to your physical self, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing.And if your body suggests rolling down a grassy hillside, taking flight on a playground swing, or skipping down a winding path, why resist? Its impulses hold the key to our well-being!
Listening to the wisdom of our supports us Thriving Whole~Heartily in our MidLives!!!
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