Okay, what does that even mean? Listen to your body?
Like, literally listen?
Well, maybe if you’re later in years and your joints sound like someone crumpling bubble wrap, listening might indeed be a useful clue.
But for the most part, it’s hard to figure out what “listen to your body” actually involves.
So today, I'm going to tell you.
Let me hear your body talk
Bodies don’t talk in words. They talk in older, more subtle, more primal signals.
Pain or pleasure.
Feeling hot or cold.
Health or illness.
At times those signals are loud and clear, like when you stub your toe and your body yells “Shiiiiiiiiit, that really f*!^*$#g hurt!” with an immediate, intense stab of pain.
OR when you get the stomach flu, complete with a hellish headache and projectile... everything.
Other times those signals are a little foggier, or we don’t pay attention to them as much. Or at all.
Here are a few ways you can tune in to what your body just might be saying to you.
Set the stage
While you can listen to your body any time, any where, it helps when you don’t have other distractions.
So next time you’re somewhere quiet, just take a moment.
Focus your attention quickly over your body from head to toe.
Go body part by body part, sort of like a brief “scan”.
Just keep it pretty quick and easy to start.
During that 30 seconds (or so) you’re scanning, see what you notice.
Here are some things to look for.
Don’t judge; just gather the data.
Whatever you notice, just let it be. Don’t try to change or fix it.
All you’re doing is gathering data. Just observing.
Getting that feedback. Tuning in.
Remember: It’s not “good” or “bad”. It's just information.
Try this today
Remember, you are your own best experiment.
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My best to you,
Christopher Hostetler, founder Do Not Die Young Coaching