When was the last time you took a moment to listen to your body? Do you know the language that your soul-suit speaks? Are you open to receive the information that our physical selves communicate to us? If this idea is new to you, fear not, you naturally know the language; it is just a matter getting comfortable with the process and beginning to exercise your intuitive listening muscles.
For most of my life, I actively put my energy towards ignoring, numbing, and disconnecting myself from my body’s whispers. Everyone feels this physical form of communication at different levels, and from a young age, I found it overwhelming. I did not realize that this was a positive tool that could aid me in my health, wellness, and sparkle.
If you were whispering to another human and it seemed that your messages were unheard, would you raise the volume of your voice? When we ignore the signals from our bodies, those messages may start to show up in new ways. Left unheard, the volume and frequency is likely going to turn up. At some point, our bodies escalate those signals to full-blown screams.
I am no stranger to the feeling of my body screaming at me. Having spent so many years trying to ignore the messages that came in the form of pain, anxiety, eczema, depression, and disrupted digestion, my body eventually turned the volume WAY UP on all of the different symptoms with which it was trying to communicate to me. At a certain point, there is no other option than to listen. Healing from years of ignoring, numbing, and disconnecting is not impossible, but it can take some time.
For me, to begin to listen to my body, I had to get real about what I was using to numb it. Busy schedules, people pleasing, and food are three big tools that I leaned on, among many others. Simply getting honest about the fact that I was harming myself by ignoring this communication was a huge first step. By recognizing that my body was trying to provide me with insight and support, I could see the value in making some changes in my life. While it seemed overwhelming at a young age, I began to see my body as a resource of information as I navigated a new healing path. As I began peeling back the layers of disconnection, numbing, and padding that I carried in my body, I learned that the tools that I was using to cope with life were actually making me sick.
How does one begin to listen to their body?
- Begin with observing how you may disconnect from your physical self in the first place! Simply becoming awareof your most comfortable coping mechanisms can support your relationship with your body. By taking note of your coping strategies, you start to gain awareness of when you are in needof coping.
- Check in with your body and get to know it in a new way. Take notes, if necessary. How exactly does your body feel when you are happy? Anxious? Depressed? Tired? Hungry? Stressed? Excited? Pay attention to the signals and start to identify whatfeelingsare attached to the experiences. You may start to notice that your stomach has similar feelings for anxiety and excitement. Become aware of the subtledifferences. The subtle communication of our physical bodies is one of our most powerful tools.
- Honor what you are hearing and feeling. When our physical bodies are heard and respected, more information and knowledge will be shared.
- When your body calls for something, show that you value and respect the needs of your physical self and provide what it is seeking. Simply giving yourself a chance to rest, upping your hydration, taking deep breaths, or spending time moving outside can all make huge impacts!
- Know that this is a path of trial and error, and no one is perfect. There may be days where you feel very in tune with what your body is communicating, while other days may feel disconnected. Like every aspect of life, getting to know the whispers of your body is a practice.
Once you start to get familiar with your physical language and signals, consider what messages your body might be trying to tell you. For me, my body may let me know any or all of the following, depending on the day:
- When a slowed down schedule and more sleep are needed
- If I should raise my boundaries or protect my energy more when encountering other people
- If I am carrying stagnant energy (perhaps needing release in the form of a good cry)
- Foods or beverages that do and do not help me to sparkle and thrive
- When I need more meditation
- If I am not speaking my truth or voicing my needs
- When I am overcommitting myself
- If I need to spend more time focusing on my breath
- If I need to stretch or move my body in new ways
- If a person/place/thing is worth exploring and getting to know
When we give our physical selves attention, respect, and love, we allow our whole selves to grow and sparkle. Are you ready to lean in further to your sparkle? Untap Your Sparkle coaching sessions are available for this exploration.
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