Listen to your body.
No - really. Listen to your body.
What do you hear?
Maybe a crack, pop or crunching sound.
Or maybe nothing at all.
So many time you've heard, just listen to your body. What does that actually mean? Do you ever wonder what am I suppose to hear?
Let's switch up the words to better clarify what this statement really means.
Feel into your body.
What do you feel?
Depending on how much you feel your body will determine what you can actually hear.
And let's be honest, the hearing is not the traditional way through the auditory system.
When we reconfigure the words - "feel" replacing "listen" - this can allow us to truly drop into the process of what is my body trying to tell me.
Are you open to feel?
To take it one step further into the physiology, this is the process of sensing the internal state of the body. This is interoception.
Although interoception at times can be below our level of awareness, our bodies are constantly processing internal information. So many automatic processes occur every minute of every day and quite frankly thank goodness we don't feel them all! They just happen.
Yet, when we are physically active and move our bodies there is a shift in our physiology and we can sometimes feel the change. For example, an increase in breathing as you reach the 4th flight of stairs, the pounding of your heart while walking and talking with a friend, the possible pain sensation when you've gone beyond your flexibility level and/or have poor movement mechanics.
Interoception is the mechanism where the feelings or sensations show up.
How in tune are you with them?
Now, the statement again -
Feel in your body.
What is your body trying to tell you?
Are you recognizing the signals or not?
No judgement. Simply tune into what you can find.
The better you become in feeling what is occurring in your body, the more you are able to tap into your amazing body. Yes, your body is one awesome being!
Insight to Action
Here's a challenge for this coming week. Feel your body as you move. What is your body saying in different movement patterns and/or physical activities?
Need some help with this? I'd be honoured to work with you one on one to help you grow your ability to feel.
Or join me next Thursday to practice in the workshop, Soften Your Centre!
Stay well and happy moving,
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