Think about a time that your dog was trying to communicate with you. Did your dog pace back and forth? Or did he bark? Maybe he brought you his toy when he wanted to play?
Dogs can’t speak English, but they know how to get very creative when they’re trying to get our attention, right?
Well, what if our body is doing the same thing?
Take a moment to think back on your day. Did you notice any pain or discomfort in your body?
Did you ignore that discomfort (like most people do)?
What if the pain and discomfort we feel in our body is like a dog pacing back and forth to the door? What if discomfort is the body’s way of communicating with us…its way of trying to get our attention about something that needs attending to, just like our dog?
If we look at discomfort being a sign of something amiss in the body, then when pain comes up in our body, we could take a moment to try to determine what our body is trying to communicate to us.
What would your body be saying to you?
Take a moment now and close your eyes. Go back to a time when you were experiencing discomfort in your body. Then ask your body, “Body, what were you trying to tell me?”
And just remain quiet until you get some sort of response. Let your quiet awareness be your guide. You may have a vision, or a memory of some sort, or a flash from your intuition. Or you might even remember a conversation, or something you saw on TV.
The response you receive may or may not make any logical sense to you right now. Let that be ok. What came to your awareness is connected to what your body was trying to communicate to you via the discomfort that you were having. It will make sense, given time.
Our body is a sensing organism. Our body is an incredibly intelligent tool that exists to give us, the Being, feedback about all that is going on in our surroundings. Our mind (a data filtering tool) plays a big part in what actually gets through to our conscious awareness and what doesn’t. If the mind has been programmed to filter out the signals coming from our body, then signals like pain, hunger, thirst, etc. get blocked from coming to our conscious awareness.
Many of us have stress-filled lives. We have too many things to do, and not enough time.
When our minds get programmed to delete or dim down signals coming from the body, then we become disconnected from these signals. And just like our pets, if the body can’t get our attention right away, what is the body then going to do?
It’s going to speak more loudly.
Pain and discomfort arise for many reasons. Maybe you’ve been pushing too hard, and your body needs more rest or more frequent breaks.
Maybe you’re not feeding your body enough nurturing foods, and instead eating too much comfort food to detach from stress or other emotions.
Maybe your body is dehydrated and would like more water to replenish its resources.
Or you may be experiencing your body communicating with you about other imbalances:
Is your career path creating happiness and fulfillment for you?
Are there negative emotions or thoughts that keep circling through you?
Are there important needs and desires that you have not allowed yourself to express?
Is your outlook positive and hopeful?
Are you hanging on to the past, or do you frequently worry about the future?
Are your relationships fulfilling and nurturing, or are there people that drain you of energy?
Are you confident about meeting your goals, or do you feel stressed out about them?
Our thoughts and emotions are stored in our body. If there are many negative thoughts or emotions going through us, the body may be trying to communicate that to you through signals of pain and discomfort.
Here’s a simple Self-Awareness tool that takes 30 seconds:
When you have a quiet moment (lock yourself in the restroom if you need to),
Sit comfortably, and close your eyes.
Begin scanning your body from your feet upwards.
When you get to a spot on your body that is uncomfortable, ask that part of your body, “What one small thing can I do to help you be more comfortable?”
Pay attention to the very first thing that your quiet awareness shares with you. This information will be what you’re seeking.
After you’ve obtained a response, pay very close attention to any negative thoughts about the response, such as, “I can’t do that. I’m too busy right now.”
Allow any negative thoughts to pass on by, and instead ask your body, “What is the easiest way for me to _____________.” (fill in the response you got from the previous question).
And wait quietly for the answer.
Follow this answer and implement it.
By using this Self-Awareness Tool regularly, you will be learning how to interpret your body’s signals, much as we do with our pets. You’ll develop a 2-way communication with your body. And the result will be that you will experience much less pain and discomfort in your body.
Let your body’s wisdom be your guide.
Live Life Fully,
Sandy Schell, ACST, LWC