Your Body Is Talking. Are You Listening?

Posted March 19, 2014 by Rebecca Niziol in Life After Five

Your body is incredibly smart. Your heart pumps blood without you having to think about it. Your breath flows in and out without you having to control it. Our bodies are an extraordinary system of parts inextricably woven together in a way we are only beginning to understand.

Your body knows what your basic needs are: food + water, shelter + safety, love + belonging, growth + rest. On a subtle level your intuition (that gut sense), nudges you towards what you need in any moment.

Your body is talking. Are you listening?

It’s easy to ignore that soft whisper of intuition. Most of our lives are filled up with so much noise and busyness,we completely miss the first signs of imbalance. If you do, no worries, you’re body has got your back. It’ll start letting you know what it needs in less subtle ways. Do you know what it’s saying? And more importantly, are you taking the appropriate steps to restore balance?

If you feel tired…  you probably need to slow down and rest.
If you feel restlessyou probably need an outlet for your passions and desires.
If you feel overwhelmedyou probably need space.
If you feel frustratedyou probably need a release.
If you feel anxiousyou probably need stillness and breath.

When you take note of these things early on, you can do what’s necessary to reconnect and re-align your lifestyle with your needs. Give yourself what you need, and you will be given that back (give attention… receive attention). If you don’t listen, your body is going to talk louder and louder until you hear it. That’s when you get sick, injured, or emotionally distraught. That’s when you get stuck, upset, and exhausted. One of the best ways to listen is to drop into a state of meditation.

Meditation is the art of stillness, listening, and receiving.

Even 5 minutes can have a huge impact, while 15-21 minutes can dramatically change your day. Create this time for yourself, and enjoy sitting or laying down in a safe quiet space. Follow these steps for a simple mediation experience:

  • Start by listening to your physical body, what’s it saying? Where is it needing attention? Adjust as needed and then begin to relax, starting from the crown of your head to your fingers and toes. tune into your breath. Listen to it.
  • Tune into your breath. Listen to it without changing it. Then begin to slow it down. Receive the peace that comes with longer fuller breaths.
  • With your physical eyes closed, bring attention to your third eye (your center of intuition, the space in between your eye brows). Imagine that eye opening up. Look inside yourself.
  • If you’re looking for guidance, inspiration, insights, or answers ask for them now.
  • Continue listening and receiving what you need for 5-15 minutes.
  • Slowly bring your awareness back to your breath, and then your body. Close your meditation with a simple thought of gratitude.

Commit to listening more this week. Quiet the outer noise, and tune inward. Then, take action and commit to doing one thing that can help you restore balance. (take a nap, connect with your favorite person, read inspiring books or blogs, change up your diet, breath deeper)

About the Author

Rebecca Niziol

Rebecca Niziol, ELI-MP, is many things: a life coach, yoga teacher, dancer, event planner, connection catalyst, and your new best friend. Her mission is to empower others to live the authentic life of their dreams. After years of traveling North America and Europe, she is happy to have found a home and community in Chicago.