Listen to Your Body, Your Own Inner Wisdom

by Melissa West on November 7, 2011

This morning when I was tuning inwards through practicing my yoga, I received a very clear message, “Don’t override your own innate intelligence with somebody else’s prescription. Listen to your own body.”By turning deep within you will receive all the answers you need inside of yourself. In truth, you don’t need to follow anybody else’s rules. By tuning into what’s happening now and listening to the answer you can respond to that in each and every moment. Responding to your own experience is much more empowering than handing over your power to some external source (perhaps a person or a book with so-called authority). Every so-called authoritative resource has a completely different lived experience than your own. How can they possibly know what is best for you?

When you tune into your body, your own lived and felt experience the next step will reveal itself to you in its own perfect time. Answers to the questions of: what will nourish me most in this moment? What kind of yoga should I practice today? What food does my body need? are all within you.

The truth is, you don’t need to look up these answers in some book when the answer is already inside of you. Simply tune in and allow the answers to reveal themselves to you.

When you are lovingly attentive to your own internal experience, there is a softness, an opening, and an allowing that happens. As you honor the truth of your own experience without judgment you access your own internal wisdom. Nobody else can do this for you.

Only you can fully understand and be present to your pain, as well as your beauty…. or for that matter, the beauty of bringing tender attentiveness to your pain.

As I practiced my yoga this morning, I found myself saying these words to my body, “I’m sorry Body. I’m sorry for all the times I’ve ignored you. I’m sorry for all the times I’ve placed more value on somebody else’s advice over my own.”

And of course, that reminded me of Michael Lee’s “thank you body.” Thank you, Body. Thank you for all the times you have adjusted and changed. Thank you for all the times you have healed. Thank you for dealing with all I have forced upon you. Thank you for being there for me in every moment of my life. Above all thank you for trying your best to keep me safe at all time.”

Thank you, Body.


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