Our bodies are important. They are our physical presence in this world – and they contain their own wisdom.
How tuned in are you to your intuition and your physical intelligence?
How do you include your body in your journaling practice?
I have a strong conviction that journaling is a physical practice, utilising the miracle of fine motor skills and integrating the two hemispheres of the brain.
I also feel that there is more that we can do to include our physical wisdom in our daily experience. Living in a world where logic and reason are paramount, we tend to neglect the intuitive hits that originate in our gut.
So we need to cultivate this practice – and have fun with our bodies!
Here are some activities to try in order to experience connection with your physical self:
Allowing your body to move to your favourite music is immediately uplifting and freeing. You don’t have to learn any steps or attend a class – though that can be fun – you just need to allow your body to respond to the rhythm.
Body, mind and the passion of your soul can be united in the dance to immediate effect.
Take notice of your mood and energy level before and after, and try the prompt “Who am I in the dance?”
Yoga and Meditation
I began practicing kundalini yoga on a daily basis about 6 months ago – and find it an extremely powerful discipline to calm the mind and restore trust in the strength of my body. Through the practice I have learned that “the soul is the friend of the body” and that tuning in to our breath, our Spirit, enables us to bypass the mind chatter and have a direct experience of our physicality.
There are many meditations to try, including mantras (chants), asanas (postures), mudras (hand positions) and pranayamas (breathing techniques).
Tune in to your breath and try the enquiry “What is the message of my Spirit?”
Are you eating the right food for your body? Do you experience any discomfort after certain foods?
Try keeping a food diary for a few days and paying attention to your energy, sleep patterns, level of satisfaction and frequency of cravings. Listen to your body to determine if it could be time to research ways of eating that serve you more optimally.
I’ve recently begun a Zero Carb way of eating, relying on protein and fat for sustenance. My body is loving it. I have greater mental clarity, less bloating, more energy and two new notches in my belt!
Of course everyone is different so it’s really important to do your research and maybe talk to your GP before radically changing your eating habits. But it is an important consideration in taking care of your body.
Always always always my favourite pastime! Whenever my body asks for sleep I never ignore it. This has been the simplest step in tuning in to my physical wisdom, and one of the greatest sources of creative ideas.
Try picking up your pen on waking to write 100 words. See what inspiration rest can bring.
Communing is Exercise 14 in The Journal Writer’s Handbook. It involves inviting a conversation with a part of your body where you are feeling tension or strong sensation.
In workshops it is an exercise that evokes the most resistance – writing down the script of a conversation with your nose can feel a bit weird! – yet it is also the exercise that evokes the most a-ha moments too.
Give it a go.