Do you have aches and pains? Digestive issues? Bad eating habits, poor sleep? Does your monthly cycle flatten you? Do you catch every bug going around?
Your body is just trying to get your attention. Symptoms and sensations are the language of the body. Are you listening – or just carrying on, hoping it gets better on it’s own?
Just like your car has little warning lights to tell you what’s wrong, your body sends you signals.
But when life gets busy and you have so much else on your plate – you override these symptoms, and then they get bigger, then they start YELLING!
Your pains become chronic, your sleep is a mess, unwanted eating habits feel out of control. It’s hard to be a happy mama when you’re just not feeling good.
But what if there’s a better way?
What if you didn’t have to wait for your body to start hollering.
What if you actually knew your body’s language so well that you could understand and respond to it, even when it whispers…
Some people are excellent body whisperers. Have you ever been with someone who has a severe allergy – and as soon as they smell or taste even the tiniest bit of their allergen – their body reacts? They stop right away. They are listening to the whispers of their body, because they know they can’t afford to wait ’til their body starts yelling.
The reality is that none of us can afford to wait until our body starts yelling. We may not be faced with an immediate life-and-death issue like an extreme allergy, but every day we are facing the choice of living fully, or going numb to our body’s needs.
So, how do you become a body whisperer?
How do you ‘tune into your body’ to hear what it has to say?
There are 5 simple steps that can turn you into a body whisperer.
1) Create a body-honoring mindset
That means that you are coming to your body with the attitude that it has something valuable to tell you. It is not your servant, but a partner in all that you do. Approaching your body with honor and respect, like a wonderful, wise friend, will open the door to having a positive relationship with your body.
2) Breathe Consciously
There’s nothing like paying attention to your breath to turn your attention towards your body. When we breathe with awareness, we reorient ourselves to our inner world versus our external world. Whether you turn your attention to your breath during exercise or in meditation, during a meal or even sitting at a red light, taking a moment to keenly focus on your breath connects you to sensation – to your body’s language. Take a deep conscious breath in and out right now to see how this feels.
3) Pay attention to sensation
All those dull aches, sharp pains, zany gurgles and waves of pleasure are exactly how your body talks. Each every-day run-of-the-mill body sensation is the constant whispering of your body. If the body came with an instruction booklet, sensation would be it.
4) Make space
The reality is that some of those sensations you start tuning in to will be uncomfortable and it’s tempting to tune right back out. It’s human nature to move away from discomfort. However, to be a body whisperer, you have to allow your body sensations to be felt fully. When you make space for your internal experience, then you can access the wisdom of your body’s whispers.
5) Listen for the wisdom in the sensations
Within the sensations of our body, is wisdom – basically a message of what we need or feel. All of us have access to that wisdom in different ways. Some of us experience our ‘knowing’ as images. Some perceive words, and for others, when they listen into their sensation, they experience an emotion. The way your body speaks is uniquely yours. Just ask it what it wants to tell you and then wait for the answer. It will come.
If you’ve been on the ‘outs’ with your body for a while, be patient while your re-establish good communication. The more you honor your body and listen for all it’s whispers, the more it can guide you to make choices that support you to live your best life.
In the comments below tell us how you feel about becoming a Body Whisperer? Do you tend to ignore your body’s signals or are you becoming more aware? Do you need support with getting back on talking terms with your body? Nina will answer all of your questions, so ask away!
She’s the founder of NinaManolson.com and NourishedWomanNation.com
Nina's the author of “Feed Your Kids Well In A World That Doesn’t: An everyday guide to make healthy food happen in your home and beyond”. She’s also the recipient of the prestigious Health Leadership Award from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
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