I came across a quote I found very fitting for this topic and why I am thinking about it in the first place:
“The body is a multilingual being. It speaks through its color and temperature, the flush of recognition, the glow of love, the ash of pain, the heat of arousal, the coldness of non-conviction. It speaks through its constant tiny dance, sometimes swaying, sometimes a-jitter, sometimes trembling. It speaks through the leaping of the heart, the falling of the spirit, the pit at the center, and rising hope. The body remembers the bones remember, the joints remember, even the little finger remembers.”
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés
So here is what happened. Upon my return to New York, I was so excited that I immediately immersed myself into all the awesomeness in front of me. It was a 0-to-100 change of pace.
It would have been wise to take some time to adjust and ease into new opportunities. My body was already telling me the tale of too much travel, lack of sleep, and the change of pace.
My body remembers everything.
It feels all the million different facets my mind tries to ignore. It knows its limitations, strengths, and needs. It will tell me what I need to truly thrive. The problem is, I just don’t always listen.
And just like that – I found myself getting wrapped up in the New York rat race to nowhere. Something I usually manage to stay away from, because it’s neither productive nor necessary; however, in spite of all this knowledge, I found myself doing what I always preach not to do.
Because my ‘to-do’ list felt endless. There wasn’t enough time in the day to fit all the meetings I wanted to schedule. I was really excited and wanted to do everything all at once.
So guess what happened? My body very quickly started showing signs of exhaustion.
What I needed to do is slow my roll. There is no rush. Running on empty does not drive anything of substance. At best, I get on the wrong bus to “who cares” with Mr. Sick and Mrs. Joyless. Easy always does it.
Sound familiar? So, what to do?
Pull the plug on yourself and slow your roll.
Every time I find myself in this place, I take a step back to reevaluate. I make the time to do things that feed my spirit, make me feel relaxed, and elevate my mood. Most importantly, I set some healthy boundaries for myself and get back into a routine of healthy habits.
Are you paying attention to how your body, heart, and soul are responding to how you go about your day? Are you listening? Are you really listening? And are you doing something about it?
Because here is the deal:
If you listen to your body whisper, you will never have to hear your soul scream.
Stress and exhaustion will kill your sense of joy. What kind of life do you have if you have no joy?
If we ignore the whispers, we will also miss the good stuff, which we can only find when we take the time to venture off the beaten path.
Start to tune in to the many languages of your body, heart, and soul. Start paying attention to the multilingual ways your body expresses itself. And yes, that might mean it’s time to start taking better care of your body.
You know… the good old, “sleep enough, eat right, exercise, and hydrate” trick. You only have one body in this lifetime. A healthy body can experience far greater levels of joy than a sick and tired one.
If we get wrapped up in the ‘do this now’ and ‘have to achieve this’ and ‘show up here,’ we might be missing the moment. You know? The magic you can only find by being present. The beauty you can see in every moment and situation if you are actually present to what is right in front of you instead of checking a box on a list.
Remember, everything we do is important and nothing we do is important. Think about it…joy is often in the little pleasures of life, so they are as important as the big stuff. Make sense?
If whatever we do starts taking away from what makes us happy, then our activity is not in alignment with our path. It is not worth pursuing because it has no real value.
We’ve all been there – we chase a fairytale, and when we get there it feels empty and joyless. You know that feeling, right? You can relate to that sensation in your body. Start using it as an indicator of your decision-making processes.
If what we do has a negative impact on our health and vitality, you are never gaining anything, but you are losing something of great value.
If what we do impacts our sanity, then it might not be worth doing.
If what we do affects our sense of joy, lust for life and level of happiness, it is time to reevaluate.
All these clues can be found in your body. Stress, heartbreak, bad decisions, not being in line with your integrity…whatever it is, you will know. So if you pay attention to your body’s subtle feedback, you will always have the answers to your questions and the decisions you have to make.
There is nothing in the world that needs to be done at the expense of your health or sanity. Instead, we will be more prone to mistakes and missteps, leading to opportunity cost, miscommunication and ultimately more stress. It is always better to make decisions when we take the time to check in with ourselves and see how it makes us feel.
Make decisions based on feelings of joy and pleasure. Follow what makes your heart skip with excitement. Pain is only a stepping stone to grow if we ignore the good stuff for too long. That’s our soul screaming when we do not listen to the whispers along the way.
I promise you – your life will change if you do this.
Follow the path of pleasure. Not pain.
As always, I want to hear from you. What is your sweet spot? How do you perform the best and are you giving your body what it needs to thrive?
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Lots of love,