Our bodies are “talking” to us all the time—telling us with sensations, both pleasure and discomfort—what we need to feel safe, satiated, and at our optimal vitality. Being "bodywise" means listening to what our bodies are trying to tell us and making choices that help us live a life our body loves.
Why does this matter? I’m a physician, and a colleague of mine said to me, “When the body first talks, it knocks. And if we don’t listen, it gives us a shove. And if we still don’t listen, it ‘slaps us upside the head.’” True words. Disease starts slowly, and progresses over time. If we pay attention to the warning signs our bodies give us, we can "head it off at the pass," and keep ourselves healthy and whole.
And even more than avoiding illness, being aware of what our bodies are trying to say gives us power and insight in our lives, work, and relationships. How much more focused and powerful might you feel if you were totally connected and acting in sync with your body? What if you were healthy, whole, and sourcing your impact in the world from the deep intuition of your body?
You can develop your body intelligence by beginning to listen to your body in these seven ways: