In the realm of your health, wellness, and wellbeing do you feel free to feel good in your own skin? Do the choices you make nourish you rather than deplete you. Do you feel like you have the energy to do what you want to do without the judgment of perfection, unattainable ideals, crashing and burning then wondering what the heck happened?
To achieve sustainable health, wellness, and wellbeing, it’s about a lifestyle. This is not new news.
What may be missing in your lifestyle sustainability equation (as well as joy, fun, freedom, pleasure, non-judgment, ease, and grace) is integrating your body wisdom.
What is your body wisdom? It is the built-in intelligence within your 50 trillion cells that guide you back home to your best self. Simply, do you feel good or not feel good? When you choose an action, do you sense a “yes” or a “no?”
It is that simple.
What gets complicated and confusing
- External programming
- Disempowering conditioning
- “Domestication” (Don Miguel Ruiz)
- Impossible expectations
- Fear trances
- Body shaming
- Spiritual bypassing
- Air-brushed advertising
You get the idea.
This is not “new” news. In fact, these warped, limited paradigms have been running the show for hundreds and thousands of years. The Industrial Revolution pays a role because that is when moving, thinking, acting like machines became the new normal.
What makes these perspectives life-threatening is when these ancient myths, spells, and lies are still informing modern life. (Were you born on an assembly line? I didn’t think so.)
The truth is that your instincts (this feels good/this doesn’t feel good) are built-in, still exist, and you do not have to order them online or even “figure it out.” Unfortunately, in our current culture, they get suppressed, buried, squashed, second-guessed pretty quickly.
It doesn’t have to be that way. The reality is that we must come back to our senses, literally, to make the world a better place. And it starts at home, with you.
Where to begin
Or, perhaps you are ready to continue your health, wellness, wellbeing journey with more ease and grace?
First, look at your approach. With as much non-judgment as you can ask yourself when you are making good health/wellness/wellbeing choices. Are you intrinsically inspired – it’s nourishing, nurturing act – or externally driven – it feels like a “should” OR you don’t want to feel anything, so numbing out (i.e. food, technology, artificial-chemical-unnatural substances, overexercising) feels better.
No judgment. Not on my end.
Second, assess your body relationship status. Are you treating your body like you do someone you care about? Or, ignoring, unfriending, bypassing, judging, comparing, or wish it wouldn’t slow you down so much?
From my personal and professional experience, if you are not approaching your body with kindness and respect, the wealth of wisdom your body has to offer (it may even save your life!) will more difficult to access.
1) Your stress hormones (i.e. adrenaline and cortisol) are too loud and shouting something like, “You haven’t finished your to-do list yet,” or “When things slow down, then...” or “There’s too much to do!”
2) It is likely, through no fault of your own, that you haven’t been taught HOW-TO actually listen to your body.
I have a dream.
My dream is that everybody knows how to access their body wisdom; meaning, they can easily ask themselves, “How am I feeling?” and “What do I need?” AND, be able to decode what they are hearing to take intrinsically inspired action to feel good, even better.
Additionally, when health, wellness, and wellbeing experts are part of the healing equation there are essentially 3 voices at the table.
The voice of the:
- Healing practitioner (traditional medical, holistic, integrative, complementary, alternative, you name it)
- Person seeking expertise
- Advice seekers body
Imagine how much more time, energy, and money could be saved when the volume of your body wisdom is turned back up. Your instincts and intuition are valued just as much as cutting edge technology and someone elses best practices.
Remember, your body wisdom is built in. It is your internal North star guiding you back home. It is speaking all-the-time. Returning to your center, your best self, your inner knowing is not “hard;” it just may be unfamiliar.
Play with me! Right now (adrenaline, cortisol, and your to-do list can wait), take a full breath. Ask yourself, “how am I feeling and what do I need?” What incremental action would feel good, better, perhaps even exquisitely luscious? 🙂
Let me know how it goes!
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Shine Your Light,
Lisa Medley, MA, CMT believes as we create more love in the body, we create more love in the world. She serves as an Embodiment Mentor and has over 20 years’ experience in the healing arts including a MA in Expressive Therapy, life and wellness coaching, therapeutic massage and bodywork, somatics, energy medicine, and conscious movement & dance. Lisa is energetically sensitive that blesses her with a strong divine connection and challenges her to stay centered in an overwhelming world. She has discovered that honoring body wisdom is the key to sustaining wellbeing and soul evolution with more ease and grace. Learn more http://www.soulisticarts.com