Do you consider yourself a grounded person? I can’t say that I have ever defined myself as grounded. I often feel as though my feet are barely touching the surface of the earth. It makes for a bit of a wobbly walk at times. Sometimes, I have even felt as though my head is tethered to my body by a string ~ sort of like a balloon! Maybe, you can relate.
For me, to feel grounded is something that I must pay attention to ~ reminding myself to keep my feet on the ground and my focus connected within my physical vessel. Any form of physical activity can usually assist me in the process; however, it is not automatic ~ I find I still need to work at it.
For example, I often catch myself hovering just above the earth on my tippy toes when what I am really needing is solid footing to avoid losing my balance.
Breath is another surefire way to stay in your body. It seems funny to think that we can forget to breathe, and yet is so common to hold our breath when in the grips of fear or in the midst of intense physical effort.
The thing is that when we disconnect from our bodies, we lose access to all of our sensations, which is one of the most powerful ways to feel our emotions and tune into their wisdom. Most of us spend way too much time in our heads trying to mastermind our lives. This only gets us so far and it is completely exhausting.
Thinking is a valid and important activity, but without the guidance of our emotional and physical bodies, we have very little connection to our spirit. And there is nothing like the guidance that emerges from that place of divinity residing in all of us.
Beyond the basic human needs that arise within our being, we are blessed with an internal signaling system that alerts us in ways that take us beyond our need to survive and guides us into our desire to thrive.
That knot in your belly that warns you when you are about to take a step in a potentially harmful direction, that flutter in your heart that lets you know you are on to something really big, and that tension in your neck reminding you to slow down and relax ~ they are all beneficial messages designed to keep you safe and help you soar.
Feeling the Love
It is on the physical level that we are afforded the opportunity to demonstrate self-love. How we actively treat ourselves can either be an expression of self-compassion or self-contempt.
Listening to the needs and desires of our physical system and gently responding sends the message that we matter and that we are valued. Our bodies are loyal whether we believe that or not. This skin suit is designed to keep going even in the most dire circumstances ~ to survive through neglect and mistreatment. Eventually, it may seem as though the body has rebelled against us. But, that is usually after years of our own damaging practices in thought, word, and deed. Sometimes, it is the last resort to get our attention.
Beyond this ability to survive, your body is here to carry you through to an experience that matches your deepest desires and to allow you to enjoy the process. Our bodies want us to thrive and will respond to the slightest heart felt invitation toward that end.
Learn to trust the wisdom of your body and it will show you all you need to thrive in this life.
Please plan to join me as I welcome my guest Shelby Maletz-Comm on the next episode of Serving Consciously at 12pm PST on Friday August 24, 2018 at www.ctrnetwork.com. We will go in-depth into this topic of honoring our bodies’ wisdom. There is so much to learn in that space. Let me tell you a bit about Shelby.
Shelby Maletz-Comm, BSc. FNH aka “@thegreenshelby” is a Certified Health Coach, Athlete and Holistic Wellness Enthusiast proudly based in Vancouver, B.C. She’s a Food Nutrition and Health Major, a graduate of the UBC Land & Food Systems Department, who believes we have the power to heal our lives and our world by taking pride in our health and our bodies.
Through her own journey of healing, she has learned that simple habits promoting wellness, including a whole food diet, functional movement, and mindfulness can unlock our greatest potential as individuals, and awaken a desire to help others. She believes that when we commit to loving ourselves, we begin to heal all planes of our existence and we can begin to heal the collective and create the world we want.
She has also worked as a Group Fitness Instructor helping clients improve their health and happiness through kickboxing, movement and prehab exercises.
She recently joined the team of young entrepreneurs at VIP Fitness & Lifestyles. This boutique fitness and wellness studio specializes in complete body and lifestyle transformations by creating balance in all aspects of life and wellbeing. Watch out for the new VIP Fitness & Lifestyles studio set to open in Vancouver Summer 2018.
Let’s get started!
What wisdom is your body trying to share with you right now?