Having trained in mindfulness, I am naturally drawn to the idea of listening to my body and my gut feeling. It does take practice and a particular discipline, and not everyone is partial to this type of focus.
So why do I think it’s important to be aware of what your body is trying to tell you?
08 July 2020
Your body is constantly trying to project messages about how it’s feeling, imbalances, healing or perhaps suffering. The messages are there to help with your next action, whether it is to go to the doctor or take a drink of water because you are thirsty.
Modern day living makes it very difficult for people to just be conscious of themselves and the messages their body is sending them. Life gets in the way; more than often materialistic priorities overshadow important messages that we are receiving but don’t have the capacity or the inclination to process.
Alternatively, it leads to individuals’ focusing on the symptoms rather more than the positive possibilities of healing. The danger is a self-perpetuating cycle causing considerable amounts of stress and anxiety.
A commonly used method of getting in tune with your body is conducting a body scan. Most practitioners start with the feet and then work their way up to the head systematically taking note of changes, sensations, pain, comfort or anything else worthy of noting. And then at the end - silence. This is for the individual to enjoy the stillness and the awareness of the experience.
The body scan is seen as a good way of developing the practice of acceptance, letting go and harnessing the focus of the present.
It also has an added benefit of being relaxing and improving sleep. Sleep is vital for healing and without it the world is a dark place.
So, listening to your body is not as simple as just listening. It’s something much deeper and by modern day standards quite difficult. If it means you leading a healthier life - and when I say healthy I mean physically, mentally and emotionally or holistically healthy – isn’t it worth the effort and trying it out?
You can get guided meditations on YouTube that involve Body Scans. Guided meditations are a great way for newbies to dip their toes in the water and see whether they wish to progress with their practice.
Listening to your Body was published by Bedfordshire Lymphoedema on July 8, 2020