If you are looking for a personal compass for your soul, you need only feel into your body.
When you are on track and in the flow, your body feels good and when you step out into fear, separation, or limitation, your body will not feel good.
Try it... For the rest of the day, pay attention to how your body feels in relationship to what you are experiencing and thinking. Notice how powerfully your thoughts affect how you feel in your body. Notice how you can choose how to think and choose what you pay attention to in your world.
You are a powerful being living in a finely tuned instrument. Welcome to the experience of being present! If you would like some support and guidance, I can be there for you. Read on...
Your body is a reflection of your inner world...
Our bodies try to take care of us in amazing ways... We can detach from our full awareness of our experience when something is too much to handle. We can unconsciously stuff unexpressed anger down into our bellies. We can get sick or injured when we need to take a break. And, in many, many other unique ways.
Our minds try to take care of us, too. We can deny the full impact an experience has on us by saying, "It was no big deal." We can replay an uncomfortable experience over and over to try to resolve it. We can unconsciously fall into our learned ways of thinking to try to make sense of the world. And, so much more.
But, the body doesn't lie. It is clear. When the body is upset, there is something important. There is an opportunity.
Most of us were brought up to think of our bodies as machines. When we get sick or injured, we think something is "wrong" and go to an outside source to get it "fixed."
While there are many reasons to seek help from professionals when our bodies are having symptoms, it is also important to slow down and pay attention to why our bodies are acting out in the first place. Be friends with your body and know that it is not feeling a certain way for no reason. According to Dr. Veronique Mead, "symptoms are intelligent attempts by our bodies to cope with overwhelming experiences." Be patient and open. There are gifts in every symptom. Be brave and turn inward, while also getting the medical attention you may need.
When we ignore these sensations when they are small, they often get bigger. So, it is important to pay attention to the small aches and pains. Even a runny nose can be a body's way to cry (from sadness or joy) when we don't let it. Usually, the sooner you pay attention to how you are feeling and thinking in relationship to a symptom in your body, the quicker and easier it will be resolved. Of course, miracles happen all the time, and it is never too late to turn inward and trust your body to show you the way.
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