What is Your Body Trying To Tell You?
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What is Your Body Trying To Tell You?How To Listen To Your Body's Messages
Your physical body is your tool for experiencing the world. It allows you to see, hear, feel, taste, smell, touch, and know your inner and outer environments. It’s also the temple for your soul. Your soul is constantly communicating with you through your body, but you’re often too busy to really hear these important messages. That's why I wrote my book, Unlock The Secret Messages of Your Body!, to provide a simple 4 week program to help you clearly hear your body's messages and activate powerful cellular rebalancing of your body as well.
What Do You Compare Your Body To?
The way you relate to your body is often based on what you compare your body to. For example, compared to a mouse, you’re really big, but compared to an elephant, you’re quite small. The conclusions you form actually depend upon what you judge yourself against. You know that you’re a female because you see males, and you know that you’re not one of those. You know that you’re short because you see tall people . . . and you know that you’re not one of those. You know that you’re old because you see younger people (and you know that you’re no longer one of those).
Perhaps you compare yourself to yourself. Do you say, “I used to be 20 pounds lighter”? Do you compare yourself to your teenage self, saying, “I used to be able to stay up late and not be tired the next morning”? Maybe you compare your present body with the one you had when you got married: “I used to fit in a size-10 dress.” Most people define themselves by the body they occupy, and then they define their body by contrasting it to their surroundings.
How Do You Define Your Body?
However, try this instead: Imagine that you’re floating in space. All memory of your past is gone. All recollections of the comparisons you’ve made in your life are gone. You are just a naked body drifting in the vastness of space. When there’s nothing to compare your body to, how do you define it? It’s not skinny or fat, tall or short, or young or old. All of your perceptions are a delusion—they have nothing to do with who you are. The only thing that you have is your senses . . . and the present moment. In other words, what are you seeing, sensing, smelling, feeling, and touching right now. This is the truth about your body. (It’s very difficult to define your body without comparing it to something or someone else. Be sure to choose comparisons that make you feel good about yourself and your body, rather than ones that damage your self-esteem.)
How you carry your body affects your identity. If you hold your body in a rigid manner, it wouldn’t be uncommon to have an identity of a rigid person. If you hold your body in a slovenly way, it wouldn’t be strange to have the identity of a careless person. Most people tend to get stuck with one identity and one usual way of positioning their bodies. The following exercise is focused on changing your identity through changing the way in which you use your body.
An Exercise To Unlock Your Body's Secret Messages
Stand in front of a tall mirror. If possible, stand naked. Then begin to make faces—any kind of face, such as funny, silly, mad, peaceful, and so on. Find creative ways to do so, and allow your body to follow suit. Discover new ways to use your face and body together. Notice how you now feel about yourself and your body based on the different ways you use your body.
Simply sit or lie down in a relaxed and loose position. Breathe. Wait. Know that the Creator exists in your body. Close your eyes and slowly go through each part of your body, starting with your feet. Give each part of yourself a personality, and imagine speaking to that part to see if there is anything that it wants you to know. Ask yourself: If there was something regarding this part of my body that I’m pretending not to know, what would it be?
Also ask yourself what triggers you to do the things that damage your health. For example, I often overeat when I’m tired or bored. Some people drink too much when they’re sad. List the events, feelings, or emotions that trigger bad habits. What are some ways you can address those triggers without damaging your health?
Complete the meditation by telling each part how much you love and appreciate it. When you’re finished, if you learned anything that requires you to take action, make a plan to do so.