Practicing meditation and mindfulness leads you to be more aware of everything. As the years roll by I think I’ve become more sensitive, and (at the same time) more able to roll with the changes and waves of life. But you have to pay attention.
That “signal” is intuition. It’s a hunch. It’s that funny feeling you get when you know something’s not right.
Today, check in with yourself. Find ten minutes to sit quietly. Close your eyes and pay attention to your breathing. When you’re ready, pay attention to your body. Is it healthy? Happy? Does it ask you to move more, or to sit still more? What does your body want?
Mine usually wants more Earl Grey tea, chocolate, cookies, and work outdoors. It wants a massage. It wants to rest or to be more active. It wants a good salad for dinner instead of a hamburger. Your body will have specific needs, wants, and desires.
So listen. By being mindful of the body, you learn to work with the body.
Note I say “the body” not “my body.” This is an important distinction. Yep, it’s definitely the body that is housing my soul at this time, but is it “mine?” Do I own the body? Am I ruled by the body’s desires? Can I separate my thoughts from the body, or are they so intimately intertwined that there is no separation?
Regardless of your answers, the body is an amazing tool that you have been given to work with during this lifetime. What’s it wanna do? Take a deep breathe – then make it happen!
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