Our body speaks in subtle ways and because of this, the first thing we must do is quiet our mind and external stimulation. It can be as simple as just sitting or lying in a quiet room to remove external stimulation. Quieting the mind can be a little more challenging and may take practice. One of the easiest ways I have found to do this is through the breath.
- Sit or lay in a quiet space. If it helps you can have soft, slow music playing.
- Take a few deep breaths. Allow the belly to fill first, then the chest.
- Allow your body to take over the breath and be aware of it without trying to control it.
- Feel where the breath goes, what parts of your body move with it?
- If you find thoughts or worries coming in, that's okay. Just keep bringing your self back to the awareness of your breath.
- Once you have completed a few breaths and allowed your body to take over breathing, begin to feel into your body.
- Do you have any areas that feel tense, weak, painful or emotional? Or feel beautiful, great, strong or joyful?
- Keep your mind soft and let it gather information about the area.
- Without judgment and jumping to conclusions ask yourself "What is behind this?" Now, open your mind and feel into what comes up.
- Aside from the initial sensation, are there other bits of information or subtleties you can feel now?
- Breathe into the area and allow it to sink into relaxation. Does more information come to mind?
- Can you allow your mind to see another possibility than its initial conclusion? Breathe and Feel.
- Continue feeling, listening and breathing until your body relaxes into a comfortable state again and you can start to give yourself a feeling of gratitude for the information exchanged.
I hope that these two exercises start your process into listening to your body. If you have any questions, concerns, or need guidance through these don't hesitate to ask!