My stomach was a bit upset this morning, but life had to go on anyway.
You know what it’s like when your body is trying to talk with you, but you’re too busy to listen. I had one of those moments this morning. Nothing major is going on. I’m not really sick. My body just wanted to chat and reconnect about what’s going on in my life. So, it was just checking in with me in the only way it knew how.
Your body really wants to be heard.
When you have an experience or emotion that isn’t fully expressed, it can get buried under your daily life.
For me in this instance, all of the actions that I’ve been taking over the past couple of months were being expressed in my body because I’ve not taken the time to fully process these actions.
So, my solution this morning was to take a few minutes and do that check in that my body was craving.
I placed my hands over my belly and closed my eyes. I took a couple of deep breaths and sat there. It didn’t take very long for a couple of emotions to bubble up to the surface. It amounted to me being honest with what I was feeling rather than shoving those emotions back down to be ignored.
Those emotions that I’d ignored weren’t really bad but they were difficult to be with in the moment. Those emotions were a signal of what I’m feeling in relation to what I’m doing right now. They were an expression that wasn’t really being expressed. Thus, the belly aching a bit this morning.
Sometimes it just takes a few minutes.
After giving my body a few minutes to express what it needed to say, my belly started to feel better. That’s a frequent reaction. Taking a few minutes to simply listen and pay attention to what’s happening often is all that your body needs. Once it’s been heard, then it’s ready to move on to other things.
Do you choose to listen to subtle signals or wait until the pain is much greater?
If there’s an emotion that you’ve not processed or an old trauma that you’ve not resolved, your body will give you subtle signals that it’s ready to do just that. When you pay attention to those signals, you’ll stop & listen. You’ll process what needs processing and be able to move forward again.
Problems start when you don’t pay attention to those subtle signals. When you ignore them, then your body has to get louder to try to be heard. This is when those small unexplained aches in your body can become worse and worse. Your body will get louder and louder until you have no choice but to listen. This might look like a back ache that refuses to go away and prevents you from doing your normal daily activity. It also might look like that neck pain that won’t go away no matter how often you stretch your neck.
Your body will be heard one way or another. It’s your choice to pay attention to those subtle signals or ignore them and wait until your body is in more extreme pain.
Which option do you normally choose?
Listening to your body is selfcare!
I get busy like everyone else. I tend to neglect myself on a regular basis. It’s times like this morning though when I remember that I have to take care of myself if I want to get anything done in this life. Part of taking care of myself is listening to my own inner wisdom. It talks to me in so many ways and it gets louder the more that I ignore it.
So, what’s a busy mom, yoga therapist, mentor, entrepreneur, daughter to do? The solution is remembering that I need to check in with myself on a regular basis. If I don’t wait until my body is complaining loudly, then maybe my body won’t have to complain so loud in order to be heard. That would be a novelty in my life and I suspect it would be for many other people as well.
I struggle with life balance just like everyone else.
What does life balance look like for you? Do you have time marked off each week to do something, no matter how small it seems, for yourself? Do you take a few minutes each week to check in to see how life is affecting you & your body? What would it be like if you did begin to take a little time each week for yourself to do that check in?
I imagine that you would be living more of your own personal truth if you took that time to check in.
I know that for me taking that time to check in and listen to my body leads to me acting more congruent with my own truth. When that happens, life flows with so much more ease and less stress.
It’s so much better this way, yet I still forget to do those check ins. I’m just like everyone else.
Join me in committing, again, to yourself. Take time each day, each week to check in with your body and the inner wisdom that we all have. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. It can be just a couple of minutes, but those minutes can be so valuable in the overall direction and feel of your own life.
I know that this idea will be new for some of your. If you need help learning how to check in with your own inner wisdom, then schedule a free chat with me. Let’s talk about how yoga therapy will help you begin the conversation with your body again. You can learn to listen to to those subtle signals that your body is sending to you instead of waiting for the aches and pains in your body to grow until they can’t be ignored any longer. I can help you do just that!
And remember, it’s never too late to live happier and healthier!
Becky is a Yoga Therapist & has been teaching yoga since 2006. She loves to match people with a yoga practice that helps them to feel better every day & believes that there is a yoga practice for everyone. Click here to sign up for her mailing list & get all of the important news & tips first!