Updated: Jul 26, 2022
We are often made to believe we are only a walking symptom picture, our feelings aren’t real, our sexuality defines our relation to our body, or intellectual information is better than our physical wisdom and intuition. Making it so difficult to accurately listen to, and appropriately respond to, our body.
Connection with our body and with ourselves allows us to connect more meaningfully to others, to our circumstances, and to life in general. But this truth is at risk for how we easily discard its value.
Disturbances to this connection come from society and media, our busy lives and our own views of what a body is for. It’s so easy for us to disconnect from intense feelings and sensation- and there is much around us at any given time to numb and distract so that we don’t have to face what our body is trying to communicate.
Relief comes in the form of making new pathways back to your body. It is possible to reconnect *right in this moment*.
Here are some things to try:
- Sit still, close your eyes and do a roving check head to toe. What do you notice?
- Take some deep breaths, focusing on taking your breath to any places that need attention. Where can you you let go?
- Slow down the pace of life, be unapologetic in rejecting busyness. How can you be present in this moment?
- Move your body, spend time outdoors, make room for physical pleasure. How can you nurture and care for yourself today?
Perhaps your body has been trying to say something to you for a long time. It may be gentle but persistent nudges, or wild screams for attention. This can be in the form of headaches, fatigue or emotional instabilities. You may be downplaying tension and pain in your body, just hoping it will go away.
We know ignoring these messages doesn’t serve us in the long run. We know the cost of prolonging caring for ourselves just compounds the problem. We need to pay attention closely so we know how to respond to our body before things get worse.