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Learning to Listen to The Wisdom of Your Body

Updated on January 25, 2014

Listen to the Wisdom of Your Body

How often have you pushed your body beyond its natural limits to finish a project, an essay, or a good night out?

How often have you forced yourself out of bed in the morning when another 2-3 hours sleep would make everything so much better?

And how often have you eaten way more than you need because you were out with friends and not really listening to your body? Or feeling sad or lonely?

We have lost the ability to listen to the wisdom of your body and we rely on external signals to function. For example, we eat at meal times, instead of when we are hungry. We also go to bed because it is bedtime, rather than listening to our body needs for sleep.

Learn to Listen to the Wisdom of Your Body
Learn to Listen to the Wisdom of Your Body

Why is it Important to Listen to the Wisdom of Your Body?

Our bodies are always working really hard to maintain equilibrium, heal us and protect us. It knows exactly what you need at each precise moment and has many different mechanisms to ensure that

  • Our temperature is maintained
  • Viruses and infections are fought
  • Food is processed so that we optimise the nutrients
  • Water is distributed where it is needed most
  • Sleep is achieved so that healing can occur
  • Thoughts are processed
  • Injuries are healed
  • Sensations are felt - heat, cold etc.

And so much more, and yet so often we are completely unaware of all that our body is doing on our behalf.

The body undergoes an average of 400 billion chemical reactions per second for the entirety of your life.

Therefore, it is easy to conclude that it is, at very least, working extremely hard to keep you going.

Our inner wisdom can help us to heal if we can learn to listen to it
Our inner wisdom can help us to heal if we can learn to listen to it

Why do we need to listen to our body?

If you put petrol in your car, and then drove it, eventually it would run out and the car would stop. Unfortunately, the human body is built to function with what resources it has, so if the “petrol” runs out, it finds the energy to continue elsewhere- from the muscles or the fat, for example.

Two very common issues in our society today are dehydration and adrenal fatigue. If you are dehydrated, you cannot think straight, your hormone balance suffers, as does your immune system and your ability to absorb food. These are just some of the problems caused by dehydration. And if you have adrenal fatigue, you are effectively running on empty.

So why do we not listen to the wisdom of our body? Why do we dislike this vehicle that we rely on to keep us going? And what would it mean if we changed that and began to find out what it needs from us?

So many people suffer from body hatred, or lack of love for themselves. Fuelled by pictures from the media of perfection, the average person rejects parts or all of their body, and barely thinks about how it is on their side or trying to help them.

When we are able to learn to listen to the wisdom of our body, we begin a completely new relationship with the one thing that we need to rely on to stay alive. Slowly, the hatred turns to appreciation as we realise that when we work with the body instead of against it, healing and improvement can occur.

We Have All the Answers We Need if We Can Listen

The answer to our health and happiness lies within us.

Having spent many decades having absolutely no relationship with my body, much of my own healing began when I started the journey of understanding what my body wanted and needed. I needed to begin to listen to it.

I have recorded a meditation so that you can start this relationship for yourself. It offers you the opportunity to start a dialogue with your body in order to find out what it needs from you to be able to do its job of supporting you.

The difficult journey of starting to learn to love yourself very often involves learning to love and appreciate your body.

Imagine if it were your friend?

To find out more about learning to “Listen to the Wisdom of Your Body Meditation”, go to Listen To the Wisdom of Your Body Meditation


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      Kathleen Kerswig 3 years ago

      I am a life coach and I often need to remind my clients to pay attention to the body. It is trying to tell them something if only they would listen. Thank you for sharing this important message with others. Blessings!

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      Wendy Zijdel 3 years ago from Lusaka, Zambia

      Thank you for this article. Yes, I think we totally run past the messages of our body most of the time. Maybe we feel it is weak to still still and acknowledge what we say to ourselves. It is all about the listening to our subtle presence in body and soul in particular. I think this can only be found in really sitting still (something many people find difficult...!)