I know its a been a while since my last post about opening our conscious bodies. In fact, after writing part one, I had to sit with all the questions I posed and feel how my body wanted to proceed. One of the biggest question posed was Are you willing to open yourself up to listening more closely when your body speaks to you? If you are, then how do you do that? In this part of the series I want to speak to exactly that; how do we listen?
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.
Once you are able to quiet your mind for a longer period, (a minute or longer), you can start to have more of a conversation between your body and mind. The body is constantly sending experiential information to the brain. Our senses never turn off, and yet, we allow many of these sensations to be filed under auto pilot, or worse, fall into old thinking and feeling patterns about the information being received by the mind. We try to cover up that information because we don't want to deal with it. So, the body either hides it under tension and stress, or starts screaming at us with pain or strong emotion. In doing this next exercise, you can gain a better understanding of what is hiding underneath the pain, tension, stress, or emotion.
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!