Giving our body a voice is a doorway to more ease and joy in our lives. It is also a way of tuning in to our inner voice which can lead us to a smoother experience of life and protect us from problems that might otherwise entangle us. Honoring and listening to our bodies can be a daily or moment by moment practice to check in to while we are making choices throughout our day. These choices can range from what to wear, eat and do. The ‘how to’ can be as simple asking a question and then trusting the answer that comes.
Here is a way to begin giving your body a voice: Next time you have a choice to make about where to go, what to wear or eat or who to spend time with, ask your body if she/he would like to vote. Then give your body a choice by trying this simple question “Body, what would you like in this moment?”. The sometimes seemingly small course corrections that can emerge from this question may yield surprisingly beautiful outcomes.
In the last few months asking this question had me try a new form of exercise–and then return to it again and again as I became aware, to my great surprise, that my body LOVES the experience of an intense strength building form of exercise that I discovered at a local Barre studio, Barre and Beyond (www.barreandbeyondstudio.com). It is as if my body loves giving muscles I did not even know existed a ‘voice’ by becoming the strength and power that they are meant to be. This experience was totally unexpected and has added an energy and aliveness to my life that I did not know was there for me. Your body may desire something different than mine did, all I am saying is that there may be an exciting adventure waiting for you once you begin to allow your body to have a voice in your life.
Your journey listening to your body voice will be different, I only encourage you to stop, ask, listen and then see if good things happen. I hope you will experiment with this question and see what shows up in your life—and let me know what you discover.