Updated: Mar 23, 2022
The world can be a noisy and distracting place, making it hard to hear your own inner voice. However, did you know you can feel into your physical body to tap into your deep well of wisdom?
Feeling into a situation before making a decision is something I talk about often. It isn't about analyzing and choosing a path with the most favorable outcome. Instead, it is about feeling from a deeper place, using your intuition and body wisdom to make choices, big and small. Our inner knowing can come through as sensations in our bodies, known as body wisdom, this is different than intellectual understanding.
In the world of "hustle culture," body wisdom is overlooked. We live busy, doing all the things without stopping to check in with ourselves. As a result, it is easy to ignore the signals our body gives us.
For me, it happens more often than I'd like to admit. Some days my body will tell me to slow down, and I don't. I may even hit a mid-day slump and on those days, I tend to opt for a caffeinated beverage to continue living life at a faster pace. Regardless, if I have too many days like that, my body stops me in my tracks.
The last three weeks have been insanely busy in all aspects of my life. I found myself waking in the middle of the night with my mind full of worry, which is an unmistakable signal for me to slow down and deepen inwards. However, I didn't use my tools; I just went about my days. I was going full speed ahead until I hurt my back, bending down to pick up a pen. My back started to spasm as I tried to straighten myself. I could barely walk. Any movement was painful, yet I continued to try and do all the things. This went on for a few days until I decided to rest and allow myself to heal. This experience was my body screaming at me to stop and slow down.
When I do not take the time to heed my body wisdom, usually, I end up in distress and very uncomfortable.
How do you tap into your body wisdom? Try this:
Think of a yes or no question. Something with an undeniable “no answer”, something you’re positive you would NEVER do and follow the steps below:
Ground and center yourself. Feel calm and quiet. Take a few deep breaths.
Bring your question to your awareness. Pay attention to your body.
Visualize yourself doing it. How does it feel? Feel into it with your senses. What are you wearing? What is around you? What do you hear? Is there a scent in the air?
Notice what you feel in your body. Where do you feel it? Is there a sensation? A knowing?
Next, imagine yourself not doing it. Go through the same process.
After completing the exercise, try using the technique for something that is an absolute yes for you. Then, compare how the two felt. Did you notice the sensations in different parts of your body? Were the sensations different between the two questions?
When we move from this more profound place, we begin to tap into our intuition and to make choices that align with our highest and best. Of course, it takes practice, but soon, you will feel and interpret the subtle signs of your body wisdom!