When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. – Dalai Lama
I love this quote!
It spoke to me this week on so many levels. Why?
Well, first in my line of work, I spend a lot of time listening to other people. I’m a witness to what is happening in someone else’s life. I deeply listen so that I can be supportive in the uncovering of hidden truths and the processing of past traumas. I honestly can say that I learn something new each time I open up to completely listen to someone else. Listening to your body always yields helpful results and I’m honored to be such a witness to this process.
There’s another way that this quote applies to my life.
One of the other things that I do is to teach people to listen to their own body so that they can begin to hear what it has to say. When you move through your day only considering your mind and it’s thoughts, you forget to notice your body. In fact, unless there’s an ache or pain that gets extremely loud, we can often ignore our bodies for long periods of time. Sure, you’ll shower & eat to fuel your body, but often there’s not much more of a deeper connection.
You’re missing out on so much!
This leads to a lack of communication between you and your body.
It’s like trying to make important decisions without having all of the necessary information before you make the decision.
Think back to the last time you jumped to a conclusion because you didn’t wait for someone else to finish speaking, Often you end up with a wrong conclusion simply because you didn’t get all of the information first.
When you’re not listening to your body, this is what you’re doing every single day!
I think spending all of this time being disconnected with your body is like being only partly alive.
By this I mean we are only partly experiencing what is happening in any given moment. We are mentally involved but we often are not physically involved.
After all, the thinking brain isn’t involved so much when you’re feeling and listening inward.
When you begin to listen to your body, you find that you have inner wisdom that you’ve been ignoring for years. Actually, you may never have even tapped into it before.
Your body is just waiting for you to listen to it and when you do, you usually learn something new about yourself or a situation that you’re in.
What is your body saying?
If you’ve ever heard someone say that they have a gut feeling about something, then you’ve been talking to someone who is listening to their own body’s cues.
Perhaps you’ve heard someone say that someone else or something else had bad vibes. This would be your body sensing something that didn’t quite feel right to you.
‘Creepy feeling’ is another example of how you might describe a bodily reaction to something.
You use this language all of the time. You just aren’t paying attention to what is behind it!
The problem is that you spend so much time in your thinking brain that you forget to feel the sensations in your body that are already there.
Remember, these cues can come at you from any part of your body. So be open to what’s showing up in your own body today no matter where you feel it.
So what’s it like to listen to your body?
It’s always informative!
As the quote says, when you take the time to listen, you may learn something new. You might find an old issue that you are ready to finally resolve, but you might also find a solution to something that’s been bothering you for awhile & you now know how to move forward.
Listening to your body takes practice!
You all have inner wisdom. You’ve just not been trained in how to connect up to it.
You’re not taught to take a moment and deeply listen to that ache that just won’t go away. You’re not even encouraged to listen to your body. Instead, you’re often told to think about something when you’re undecided.
What happens when you check in with your body and listen to what it says? You might just be surprised by what you hear!
You might find answers that you were seeking but you also might find that just listening to your body helps you to feel whole in a way that you haven’t felt in a long time.
If you’d like help in beginning to listen to your body so that you can begin to once again connect to your own inner wisdom, then schedule a free chat with me. I’d love to help you develop that relationship with your body and begin to live fully again.
And remember, it’s never too late to liver healthier & happier!
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!