We express our need for head-space but how often do we feel the need for body-space. Like the mind, the body needs time to decompress, express, process, and heal any emotion, pain, or memory it is holding.
Doing a somatic meditation practice this morning many body sensations came into my awareness. As I breathed into them and gave them space and attention their expression began to flow and a series of memories arose.
Seemingly random to begin, as I sat with them they revealed an underlying emotion. They related to times when I felt I wasn’t good enough, where my esteem was so fragile I questioned myself so deeply that I worried I was “faking it”. Like an emotional wrench, these thoughts affected my self-confidence and ability at the time and now I was feeling their physical resonance.
As the dots connected between pain, memory, and emotion, it reaffirmed my belief that our physical body stores all our experiences. As we become adults we get better at brushing our emotions under the carpet, suppressing anger, fear, and worry, to name a few.
Our body speaks through its physical experience. When emotional or mental pain is not processed and released it stays and with time can create a physical experience of pain or dis-ease as it begins to scream louder and louder for attention.
Let’s be humble and empower our body by stepping down from the cockpit of the mind and giving more presence to our body- not through exertion or activity (distraction) but by giving it our full undivided attention (through meditation, somatic movement, energy healing, conscious rest and relaxation).
This might seem a challenge to include in daily life, but if it is not a priority then we can’t expect our body to have the chance to heal itself. When the body experience is continuously ignored we become numb and disconnect from the warning signs it emits when our health is at risk.
Like a young child ignored, our body in its entire being (body-mind-spirit) needs our attention and love. Our natural state is ease and softness, when we move away from this we store tension that manifests as pain or dis-ease.
The good news is we also have the ability to let go and release distortion from our body in order to restore balance and peace. We simply need to give our self the time and space to listen to the body and allow it to speak.
Somatic movement and meditation remind you of your innate ability to listen to your body, to understand its language of sensation and vibration. From here we can give space and healing to our body through focused attention, breath, and stillness.
As we become less constricted in our body our perspective of who we are also expands. We feel a greater fullness and vitality as we reconnect with our natural state of being.
Feeling more space and less constriction in my body now, I feel excited about this beautiful day as my body reminds me of our infinite true potential.