When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. – Dalai Lama
I love this quote! It spoke to me this week on so many levels. In my line of work, I spend a lot of time listening to other people. I am a witness to what is happening in someone else’s life and I deeply listen so that I can be supportive in the uncovering of hidden truths. I honestly learn something new each time I open up to completely listen to someone else. I’m honored to be such a witness and truly value listening to other people.
There’s another way that this quote applies to my life. One of the other things that I do is to teach people to listen to their own body so that they can begin to hear what it has to say. So many of us go about our days stuck in our minds. Unless there’s an ache or pain that gets extremely loud, we can often ignore our bodies for long periods of time. Sure, we’ll shower & eat to fuel our body, but often there’s not much of a deeper connection.
This leads to a lack of communication between you and your body. It’s like trying to make important decisions without having all of the necessary information before you make the decision. Most of the time, this pattern is not a good or helpful pattern in our lives.
I think spending all of this time being disconnected with our bodies leads us to being only partly alive. By this I mean we are only partly experiencing what is happening in any given moment. We are mentally involved but we often are not physically involved.
When we begin to listen to our bodies, we find that we have inner wisdom that we’ve been ignoring for years. Our bodies are just waiting for us to listen to them and when we do, we usually learn something new about ourselves or a situation that we are in.
If you’ve ever heard someone say that they have a gut feeling about something, then you’ve been talking to someone who is listening to their own body’s cues. These cues can come at us from any part of our body. The problem is that we spend so much time in our thinking brain that we don’t listen to the cues that come from our body.
So what’s it like to listen to your body? It’s always informative. As the quote says, when you take the time to listen, you may learn something new. You might find an old issue but you might find a solution to something that’s been bothering you for awhile & you now know how to move forward.
We all have inner wisdom. We’ve just not been trained in how to connect up to it. We’re not taught to take a moment and deeply listen to that ache that just won’t go away. We’re not even encouraged to listen to our bodies. We’re often told to think about something when we are undecided but we’re not advised to feel what your body has to say. What happens when you check in with your body and listen to what it says? You might just be surprised by what you hear!
You might find answers that you were seeking but you also might find that just listening to your body helps you to feel whole in a way that you haven’t felt in a long time.
If you’d like help in beginning to listen to your body so that you can begin to once again connect to your own inner wisdom, then schedule a private session with me. I’d love to help you develop that relationship and begin to live fully again.