Learn to Listen to Your Body
You can’t ignore what your body tells you, because it has all the answers to what you’re feeling. Do not repress your emotions: listen to your heart and let it shine.
A lot of illnesses are caused by, or are the direct consequence of, an accumulation of repressed emotions for quite some time. We have learned to live constantly on alert. This prevents us from being truly aware of what goes on inside our bodies.
You need to listen to your body. This is where all the answers lie to your unrest and regrets, to the pain that torments you, to the thoughts that worry you or to the healing processes that you are not tending to.
Your digestive system, for example, is your second brain. It acts independently of the rest of the brain. Experts have concluded that 95% of the serotonin released in the body was produced on behalf of the digestive system.
This is one of the many reasons why you should develop the way that you process your bodily needs. The world of sensations is so immense, that it would be too simplistic to try to create a guide to help you through it.
So where to start?
Start on the simple things. If you’re tired, rest. Whenever you need to go to the bathroom, go. If you feel like crying, do it. Notice your reactions, your breathing, and your heart. Listen to your inner self.
For example, as you’re reading this, your breathing has either quickened or slowed. What do you feel? Or, for example, read something about gastrointestinal problems, or about your menstrual cycle. Does it make you feel anything in particular?
You need to allow yourself to understand how your body feels, and listen to it. If your legs are numb, perhaps you should get up and take a walk to get your body moving.
You must trust and recognize your body’s innate wisdom. It’s discouraging to see how, after years of evolution, we have detached our sensations from our bodily needs.
You don’t even need to know what exactly is happening in your body in order to respond to it. Or rather, you don’t need to know why your heart is quickening, or why you feel like crying, or why you got a cramp.
Understanding will come after you have allowed yourself to feel what you feel. This process occurs simultaneously in the body and mind. This is why it is especially important that you allow yourself to experience each sensation that arises.
Once you have begun to experience the unease, the anxiety or whatever other sensation or emotion, working it out will become more complex.
Close your eyes and dedicate a moment to think about what just happened in the past few hours, or in the past few days. Surely this will give you a clue as to why certain symptoms have appeared.
The basic pillar to healing
If you do not face the first message your body sends you, the second one will hit you like a hammer.
Your sensations and emotions are meant to help you live consciously, to participate in your life experiences, and to learn to trust your body’s wisdom.
You could say that, with time, you have disconnected yourself and undermined your ability to self-perceive. You have ended up feeling like you’re constantly in an emergency situation which requires your immediate attention.
Consequently, you postpone what is truly important, like tending to the pain of your emotions. This will cause your body to speak louder and louder, to get your attention. This could have even more serious health consequences.
Sadness and pain, your great allies
We have learned to think that we always need to be in a good mood, feeling good about life. And yet, we haven’t fully understood that what is truly important is feeling.
You should toss aside, under appreciate, or undervalue your sadness or pain. These are two of nature’s great teachers that are here to help you walk through life.
Denying or not tending to these emotions is a cultural reaction that has been imposed on us over the years. For example, you were never taught that you have an innate ability to face pain, and that your body knows how to do this.
In fact, crying is just another way of channeling your energy and understanding your body. That’s why you shouldn’t repress it.
It’s interesting how we repress complete expression of emotions by taking medications or even playing sports. Whenever you do these things, you are producing endorphins: hormones that repress tears and that prevent you from channeling these feelings.
In order to get a good idea of what this means, tears of sadness and tears of joy are composed of different things and are provoked by different hormones, as well as for different reasons. That’s why it is very important to let them come if your body asks it.
Whenever you allow yourself to release these emotions, your body and your soul will feel cleansed. Both happiness as well as sadness help to digest life.
This will bring mental clarity, and a lot of times it isn’t until too late that one realizes what could have been done, or how you should have behaved at a certain moment.
The pain that ends pain
We think that a life full of efforts and sacrifices is a life more honorable than a life full of happiness. It sounds cold when said like that, which should make you reflect on the pressures you subject yourself to.
The truth is that the only road to emotional freedom will come when you are able to deeply perceive a process that you have been burying practically since birth.
To achieve this, you will need to lighten your emotional load and take a step towards a new attitude that will help you create healthier emotions for yourself.
Or said differently, what is truly important is that you stop running from what takes place inside your body, and start becoming capable of solving what you’ve tried to bury for so long.