The internet is filled with articles (including this website) with “tips.” “8 tips on…” “10 tips on…” It can be so easy to read through them in their entirety and either get overwhelmed or distracted because one tip leads to the next, then on to the next. Without integration in life there can be no true growth. The tragedy with all the information overload that is available nowadays is that we tend to miss the important stuff. We can buy self-help book after self-help book, but unless there is a genuine application of the material on a daily or weekly basis we are wasting our time, money and worse-our energy. The key with a tip is to make a commitment to do it no matter how you feel until it becomes a habit. After all you are adopting this tip to feel better or to get out of a rut so chances are you are not feeling so great when you begin. For example, cardiovascular exercise, we all know the many benefits of it, yet how many of us have bought cardio equipment for home use then let it become a coat rack over time? Gyms count on people buying memberships and not using them for this reason.
It is important to be in tune with our bodies. They send us important messages constantly that let us know our inner truth and can also help prevent illnesses. Ever feel “butterflies” in your belly? Perhaps you feel a “lump in your throat” at certain times. You may think of a particular person as a real “pain in your neck.” These sensations are real and when listened to can help us tune into our true wisdom and instincts about many situations. These physical sensations can help in listening to your inner voice.
A great way to really be present with ourselves and others is simply to be grateful. Gratitude helps us acknowledge what we have instead of constantly focusing on what we want. Being grateful can feel incredibly full and truly content. It is one of our most blessed feelings and is often overlooked. How can we ever enjoy what we achieve and have if we cannot know what it is to feel grateful? Without gratitude there is greed. Feeling gratitude helps us connect to the present moment and this in turn helps in listening to your inner voice.
Here is an exercise in acknowledging your feet! Why should we acknowledge our feet? There are a multitude of reasons: our feet have been with us since before we are born and so has the rest of our body including our organs, our circulatory systems and every other system of our body (all the reflex points for the body are on the feet). They have been your comrades since before birth through grade school until now. Hold one of your feet and say, “Hello foot and thank you.” Try it! It sounds very silly- I know. I mean it…look down and say, “Hello feet-thank you for carrying me around all these years!”* “Hello feet and thank you!” Now, don’t you feel more present with them and in general? The simple silliness of it helps us feel good. Even if you felt uncomfortable with your body-it has been there with you. By thanking it you are acknowledging your body and yourself, flaws and all. Forgiving our bodies imperfections and cradling it by sending it positive messages goes a long way in strengthening the body-mind connection. How can we truly feel connected in body-mind and spirit without love and acknowledgment of all three? They are all a part of listening to your inner voice.
Practicing gratitude on a regular basis will strengthen one’s connection to one’s inner wisdom. A great meditation to practice as you are falling asleep (or anytime) is to go through the whole body from feet to your scalp, acknowledge and thank it for helping you. If there is a place that needs extra attention say for example lower back or neck and shoulders ask if they need something. Using your imagination you can help facilitate your bodies own healing wisdom. Our bodies are sending us messages all the time. We need to listen and then take action. Please see my article, Dynamic Stillness for more information on how to achieve this.
So, go ahead, say “hello” to your feet and thank them! Sometimes silly things are the most sensible of all.
*If one does not have the use of one’s feet this is a positive tool for connecting to the feet or any part of the body.
These meditations above will help in listening to your inner voice.