Listen to Your Body-Practice Mindfulness
Listen to your body. It’s a great way to practice mindfulness. Why? Because you can ignore me and also your own thoughts, but your body will get your attention if it gets out of balance and you try to ignore it.
The Way It Is
You know what I’m talking about. You’re yawning, aware that you didn’t get enough sleep last night. So what do you do? You try to supercharge your energy with caffeine or power drinks but your body is nearly screaming to you that it needs you to go to bed early. But you have other plans. You’re going to attempt to answer your emails, balance your checkbook, and binge watch episodes of your favorite show so you feel like you’ve had some down time. Way too late you’ll say, “Whoops! I did it again.” Then tomorrow, you’ll drag yourself around, feeling all stiff and achey, with a headache, promising yourself that you’ll go home early from dinner with your friend who just broke up with her boyfriend and needs to talk. But you don’t. You’ve just trash-talked your immune system.
The Way It Needs To Be
Listen to your body and it will take care of you. Listen to when it’s tired, hungry, and needs to be hydrated. Pay attention before it’s depleted. Rest an injury. Stretch it to remain flexible. Let it sit quietly when it needs to and make it move to keep the circulation flowing. Pay attention and take your marching orders from it.
Don’t confuse Dragon Chatter with what your body is saying. Your hips don’t lie and neither does the rest of your body. Dragon Chatter, however sounds like, “Oh, don’t go to the gym. Your body needs to eat greasy designer doughnuts and veg out in front of the tube.” That is not your precious body talking.
So take a few deep and cleansing breaths in and out and release all tension in your body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Settle into your body right now. Ask it what it needs to feel balanced, restored, or healed. Discern and remove Dragon Chatter. Listen to your deer body because it’s the only one that you have. Be mindful of its messages and take actions that let it know you care.
Enchanted Breaths are the “ahh, the haha and the aha! of life.”