“Your mind lies. Your body doesn’t. Listen to your body truth.” ~several yoga instructors over the years
A while back I made a choice that changed my life and not in a good way because I didn’t listen to my body truth. My head talked me into it.
That conversation went something like this:
- Me: This is a bad idea.
- My head: No, it’ll work. Here’s why! (Then came a short list.)
- Me: I don’t think so.
- My head: Trust me, it will. It’s a good idea. Trust me. You’ll see.
Yes, I know that sounds somewhat schizophrenic, but I often have arguments with myself when trying to make a decision. I make lists of pros and cons. I waffle back and forth. I try to justify.
But here’s what my body was doing every time I even thought about that situation:
- I stiffened up.
- My stomach tightened, so did my jaw.
- My heart rate jumped.
- I felt a bit nauseated.
Of course, I ignored all that and plowed ahead. I said yes. Once I agreed, I felt what I can only describe as my heart dropping right down into my belly. But still, I moved forward (thinking, wrongly, that I couldn’t change my mind) and proceeded to watch that decision turn my life upside down.
The whole point: listen to your body truth
My body was trying to tell me it wasn’t a good choice, that I really didn’t want to do it. My body knew the truth. I could’ve saved myself a lot of time and heartache if I would’ve listened. So take some advice from me: when your body talks, listen. Listen. Listen!
Do you listen to your body truth? Please feel free to share your thoughts & experiences in the comment box below.