At LifeWork, we focus a lot on listening to our bodies — accessing the world of nonverbal wisdom that is so often ignored or considered unimportant.
We recently asked the LifeWork team: What is your body teaching you these days?
(Please share your response below.)
Lately I’ve been feeling the changing of the seasons in my body. The tension and rigidity of the cold begins to melt with the sun.
- To stop when I’m tired. Nap or meditate. The indicators: brain fuzz, difficult to process info that is otherwise simple.
- To stand and stretch when antsy — it’s good for the brain.
- Stretching every morning makes me a better mom. (The same with exercise every day.)
Sleep is the best medicine. And I’m appreciating the warmer weather of spring: as the clothing layers get lighter my whole body feels lighter and I can move again!
Mine is teaching me that first, in order to hear what it has to say, I need to slow down and actually listen. Once I do, I’m learning to distinguish between stubborn resistance and “no” and between blind optimism and “yes.”
The older I get, the louder it speaks.
My body’s voice becomes so much more excited, pronounced, and motivated as the warmer spring weather begins to take over. The creaks and groans of winter want to be worked out, the memory of youth in my bones wants to run wild across the grass. So what am I learning from my body? To listen to his yearnings, to follow his lead, and to let the season move through me and enjoy the ride!
I am in awe of my body lately. It tells me a lot more than I ever realized, or heard. And as I listen intently, and also act based on what I hear, I find I’m happier. And by happier, I mean, more content. I can be with what is.
As I’ve learned to apply mindfulness to my exercise — and to my body in general — I’ve become more patient with myself. I’m able to treat this body with more compassion, focusing more on how far this body has brought me and less on what it should be, could be, or needs to be.
—Kim Jordan Allen
I’m learning that the body is the best vehicle for transforming emotional energy.
I’m learning that my body crumbles under scrutiny and is at its happiest and most alive when I’m appreciating its superpowers (and forgiving it for its limitations).
What I’m learning is that I should pay more attention to my body when it conflicts with my brain. This especially happens when I’m tired. If I listen to my brain it would blame me for feeling this way, whereas my body forces me to take a break and rejuvenate. And it’s okay to do so.