Body Talk...Are You Listening?
You've heard of body language, yes? The science and art of communication
between two or more people which is non-verbal. That's body dialogue.
There's a whole other realm of body language, and this one is a monologue.
Although within one person (you!), there is still communication happening:
between your body and your mind. You're likely familiar with the common
messages your body is sending you and are clear what to do in response.
Cotton mouth? Water will likely do the trick. Sore muscles after a long run
or some atypical exercise (type or duration)? A hot bath and a massage
should do nicely. But some bodily messages are less clear. You see, the body's
communication style is rather simplistic, compared to verbal communication.
Often, we need to look a bit deeper when we experience those body messages
which recur or are acute.
I've recently had a run in with some acute knee pain. After a week of
observation, intuition and thought, it finally hit me (after not a little
frustration). During yoga practice, I could see that how I placed my feet
affected how my knee felt. I was tending to push on the outside edges of my
feet rather than the inside. I had a series of thoughts/feelings/intuitions. Am
I fully grounded in my life right now? Where am I projecting groundedness
externally but lacking some internally? Off the yoga mat, I noticed that there
are times when I'm doing so many things in a given day/hour/two minutes, I
sometimes switch direction in mid-step. Metaphorically and also physically.
Guess what? The pain subsided the very next day after 4-5 days of ouch. Not
completely gone, but well on it's way.
I reckon most chronic and acute symptoms are an opportunity to stop, reflect
and presence ourselves fully; to direct the mind at an alternate information
source than the typical pull outside of ourselves. I encourage you to have a
look yourself and am curious to hear what you find!
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