Hear Your Body

It’s amazing how many hints and guides and intuitions for living come to the sensitive person who has ears to hear what his body is saying.” Rollo May

Our bodies are amazing. We take for granted the many different ways it operates without thought, without fail. What we don’t realize, is that our body is always sending us important messages that go beyond hunger, thirst or exhaustion. Our body often can tell us more about our emotional state than we might even be aware of. Maybe you suddenly get a panic attack out of the blue or you have consistent back or neck pain. Or maybe you get that feeling in your stomach when something or someone just feels off. We don’t automatically connect what is happening in our bodies with what is going on in our emotional mind unless we’re facing major stress. But, if we listen and get in tune with our needs – both physical and emotional – we can start to easily read the signs our bodies are sending. Anxiety and panic might be your body’s way of letting you know that it can no longer stuff down the difficulties of a relationship. Back pain might be letting you know you don’t feel supported. Headaches might be a sign that we’re overwhelmed at work. And while we are constantly looking for external and physical ways to “fix” what’s ailing us – we might be best served by looking at ways to heal our emotional state if we want our body to return to its optimal state. Consider, too how many negative thoughts you might be having a day and what they’re doing to your body. Simply shifting your thoughts – focusing on gratitude and what’s right in your life – could make a huge impact on how you feel. Pay attention. Because just as much as your body will tell you about the stress, it will reward you for the joy and gratitude you feel by giving you more peace, energy and life.

Weekly Path to Peace: Hear your body.                     

  • What is your body telling you? Are you run down or stressed? Where can you feel it? What are the aches and pains telling you? Are there days or parts of you that feel good? Spend the first few days of this week simply noticing what your body is telling you. Take note and connect it to what you’re currently feeling.
  • Focus on being grateful and spending time on serious self-care. Whether it’s a massage, time listening to music or even dancing, notice how your body rewards you for focusing on the positive and allowing yourself to feel joy. Notice too, where exactly you feel it in your body. Spend time listening to all the good reactions your body is having to your actions.

As you begin this week, rate your level of happiness, self-esteem and self-confidence on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied. Notice where you are Sunday evening after you do this week’s peace practice to see if there is a change.