I think in today’s society people increasingly have less awareness of their body. We all want to feel and look good, but we are so busy with thousands things that we usually decide to look for quick fixes (medicines, cosmetics, diet, exercise, etc.). The problem is we have not done a preliminary process of introspection to identify what we really need, so that all these “solutions” are only patches that only work for a while.
Perhaps we should first learn to listen to our bodies, to identify what’s happening to us, what do not work and what our needs are, so we can find the solution that is suited to our situation.
The body is constantly sending us signals; learning to listen and to understand them takes time, patience and dedication.
This will require developing body awareness and learn to differentiate between the messages from the mind and from the body.
The mind can create contradictions as sometimes it can be lost between memories and ideas for the future, but our body always lives in the present, so by being aware of our bodily sensations, we can identify our needs.
It is also very important to learn to express our emotions, because by inhibiting them, we desensitized ourselves and our bodies go through pain or some imbalance.
A year ago I had no idea about listening to my body; it was thanks to yoga I started to learn about this topic.
When we practice yoga it is very important to listen to our body, to know where our limits are so we can do a safe practice. I started listening to my body in that sense, discovering my limits, my balance, my strengths, etc.
I was slowly gaining body awareness in my yoga practice and gradually I started to transfer this learning in my day to day life.
Later on I started doing meditation and then I understood much better about the meaning of “listen to my body”, not just physically but also emotionally.
I began to realize that the idea of listening to my body did not only apply in practice of physical exercise, but also in my relationship with people, my diet, my emotions, etc.
Now when I have a problem, I stop and I try to listen to my body, analyzing the signals it sends me and trying to analyze my emotions. It is not easy and I don’t always succeed, but when I can achieve it I notice the physical and psychological-emotional benefits.
It is a long apprenticeship and I hope it will accompany me through all my life to keep growing and understanding what is happening inside me.
Love and gratitude