When I want to create changes in my life, I get back to basics, and I pay attention to my body. My body is my biggest indicator of how much I allow or resist change. The quickest way to do this is to REALLY pay attention to how my body feels, because my body is a wealth of information and such an indicator of where I am.
It’s so easy to ignore your own body and to get used to those uncomfortable physical sensations: stomach aches, head-aches, back-pain, and over all irritability, but in my own desire to become more aware of myself I cannot ignore what my body tells me:
My body will be the first one to let me know if my mind is on overload or is playing head games.
Suddenly I’m more irritable, it feels like I want to walk fast but someone in front of me is walking too slow! If I think about a person or a situation, my stomach aches.
If plans go awry sometimes there is a surge in my belly.
My head hurts if I worry about the future or the past.
I get a major head-ache just dealing with certain people.
My body will let me know if I ignore it, and I do not show it the love it deserves.
I’m too busy to eat or drink: I feel light-headed, tired, annoyed
I don’t give myself proper rest: my throat hurts, I develop a cough or runny nose, It’s hard for me to concentrate, I’m irritable
It can be easy to make up excuses or justifications to ignore my body, but I find that when I am willing to REALLY listen, I am steered toward the very change that I want in my life or at the very least, I am steered to SEE my resistance to that change.
My body naturally guides me to eat foods that make it feel good and it will let me know if I eat food that is not so good. My body lets me know when I have eaten enough too. If I eat something that continually makes my body bloated or lethargic, that food choice is not something my body physically wants.
I am NOT talking about emotional eating, because there is a difference.
I’m NOT here to judge food as good or bad based on the latest diet craze or what society says is good or bad.
This blog post is about getting in touch with the body ( in relation to the food that you eat) in a very physical way. When I get out of the way of my own judgments about food, I get in touch with my body, and I tend to feed it food that makes it feel good.
My body is also a wonderful vessel that can help me with my emotions and the choices I make.
When I find myself stuck in my mind, worried, or continually having a difficult time with someone, I step away from the analyzing and problem solving. I step away from the situation. I step into my own body. I get back to the basics of how my body feels physically, not mentally.
Do I really want to experience that head-ache, stomach ache, and overall irritability?
If this physical sensation happens often, how can I ignore it?
My answer is “NO, and I don’t want to ignore it!”
I BREATHE. I pause. I link my choices and my emotions to the physicality of me, I try to shift myself in the moment, by gently talking to my body. This has nothing to do with anyone outside of me. When I get in touch with my physicality, I can actually talk to my body cells and begin to create a NEW physical reaction. From here I CAN make new choices.
As my body shifts to a new place, I get a different physical reaction. This is something I can measure!
I don’t feel that kick in the stomach when I have to deal with that certain person.
My head doesn’t pound when I think about the future or the past.
I know I have done the work when my body reacts in a different way to the same old person or situation.
These are just some examples. If you get in touch with your own body more, I am sure you would have your unique examples too.
When I am confused about something, when I am not sure of a choice to make, when someone or something bothers me and I am not sure why, when I want change….I step back and pay attention to my body. This first step is how I get back to basics.
With Love & Fireworks