The importance of listening to your body
Do you stop and listen when your body is telling you to rest or to not do something? Or are you among the millions who push away the signs and say one more task, one more errand, one more (insert your own ‘must do’, ‘should do’ here).
The phrases ‘must do and should do’ need to be struck from your vocabulary, by the way. All they do is inspire a sense of frustration and fear.
Listening to your body is a great way to get clarity in all the things you do - it’s your inner guidance system, your antenna. It empowers you to say no to that which makes you unhappy or gives you that gut deep knowingness that ‘this is the right thing’.
My strongest memory of this ‘antenna’ speaking to me was when I was still working in the corporate world. I was in a job that made me deeply unhappy. Every morning I would wake up experiencing nausea and headaches. I’d push myself to go to work anyway - on the days I came home ‘sick’ my symptoms cleared up within 10 minutes of leaving the office. My body was telling me to find something else, something that would make me happy.
I now listen very carefully to everything my body says. It helps me feel stronger in my decision making and that I’m on the right path.
A great way to start practicing listening to your body is to visualize your favorite color - notice how that makes you feel. Happy, smiling, joy etc
Now think of a color that you don’t like at all - again, notice the feelings that arise. A sense of dismay, a shudder, a grimace etc
While the above practice is simplistic in nature, it’s a good start to recognizing how your body reacts to things. You can move on and apply the same idea using people or situations.
It’s a simple way to start learning when to say yes or no to things.