Take a deep breath. And then, another… and one more deep breath. With each new exhalation, sink further into your body. Notice the toes and the balls and the arches and the heels of your feet. Feel them. Really feel them. Allow your breath to carry your awareness slowly up your legs, through your hips, into your belly, your back, shoulders, and arms. Breathe your awareness into your neck, jaw, tongue, and lips, your cheeks, eyes, forehead, and scalp.
Breathe… and listen to your body. What is it telling to you about what you need?
Many moons ago, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” The human part is the body. We are in physical form. We can, barring some sort of physical limitation, reach out and touch one another. Our body plays host to our spirit and mind, it facilitates our human experience, and makes possible all of the action we take in our time here.
And yet, so many of us are neglecting our bodies. At the very least, we are living in our heads, not allowing our bodies to guide us with the very feedback that would enable us to make more effective decisions. I mean, sure, when I’m feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, my sugar cravings spike but is that really what my body wants? No, it isn’t. Not my whole body, at least.
My body wants food that will leave it feeling nourished, food it can actually use to make more energy. When I’m upset, I tend to want sugary or heavy foods that make me sleepy and moody, not to mention leaving me craving more of those same ineffective foods. If I make choices from that emotional place alone, I choose the very things that make it harder for my body to do what I want and need it to do. That’s no way to treat my spirit’s generous host for this physical experience.