How To Listen To Your Body

If you feel angry and upset and you don’t process those feelings, what can happen is that you internalize those feelings.

Whilst I was on a week’s Yoga retreat recently; I suffered throughout the week with excruciating stomach cramps.  And as much as I was enjoying what I was learning, and LOVING spending time on my mat; I spent an awful lot of time rubbing my rather sore tummy!  On the 4th day, my teacher turned to me and said “who has upset you?”  And then it clicked!  Wow!   

Yes, there had been an upset the day before the  start of the course and I realized that although I had taken the steps I outlined in my previous post about anger; I hadn’t actually PROCESSED and dealt with how I was feeling.  I also hadn’t really spoken with anyone outside my family about my feelings.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

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The stomach is in the middle of our body and is often called the second brain.  This is because the system (called the enteric nervous system or ENS); is loaded with neurons throughout the entire alimentary canal.  This tells me that the stomach has an intelligence all of its own – and we should ignore this to our peril. 

I’ve always had a rather sensitive stomach and digestion. and I know that I really do have to start pay attention to what my body is telling me and listening out for and heeding the signs and symptoms.

How about you?  Do you listen to your body and are aware what your body is telling you?  If you tune in you might notice a pattern in the some of the signs and symptoms?  For example, maybe your eye always dances when there is bad news.  Or, like me, you get a stomach ache when you deal with a difficult person or situation.

You might find that at first you get a sweet whisper, then a nagging sensation; and if you keep ignoring the messages, you can become quite ill – all ways your body tries to get you to slow down and LISTEN.

Yoga is an excellent tool for tuning in and understanding our bodies.  But even with the tools – we can sometimes ignore the signs.

I INVITE YOU TO SLOW DOWN

So in 2015, I would like to re-commit to listening in more, loving more and tuning in more to my body.  And when I notice the signs and messages; I aim to do something about it, rather than ignoring it.  

For me, it meant that I needed to talk about how I was feeling rather than bottling it up as I usually do.  

These activities may help you:

  1. Sit quietly and allow yourself to relax
  2. Slow down
  3. Take time to listen to your body’s signals & messages
  4. Practice Yoga
  5. Breathe consiously
  6. Meditate

How about you?  Are you aware of your unique pattern of information that your body gives you?  Do you listen to the signs?  And what action steps would you like to take once you heed the signs & symptoms?   I invite you to share with me in the comments section below:

 

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