How we live inside our bodies is a map towards how we live inside our souls. Our bodies hold memory, imagination, history, and dreams. How we sit, stand and walk are not just functional movements, they are representations of our thoughts, feelings, behavior, internal sensations and how we construct meaning in the world.
Opening the door to authenticity requires vulnerability and risk. It asks us to step out of our comfort zone and be willing to do something different. Reaching out, when we feel like withdrawing. Speaking up when we imagine it’s going to make someone else uncomfortable. Allowing our emotions to be seen, when we feel like hiding.
Intuition is a felt sense. When we are open, calm, and present.. intuition naturally comes in. We can cultivate the space of intuition by creating quiet, empty spaces to listen from within. This happens best when we allow ourselves to be receptive to earth energies, the yielding nature of gravity, the spaciousness of the sky above, the wind careesing our skin.
Life is all about relationship. Relationship to self, relationship to other, relationship to the colblective. How, in our roles as healers, therapists, bodyworkers, educators so we support others in accessing their inner resources to reach out and make a connection? How is stillness different from numbness? What is the sensation of contentment?
So what I have noticed consistently by witnessing people explore in their body are two things, hesitancy and risk. Neither are good or bad, it just depends on the moment and how we are feeling. Perhaps today you feel like reaching out to someone, a stranger, a neighbor, the person standing next to you at the grocery store, the coffee bar, why not give it a go?
Most of us have an insidious little voice inside that likes to criticize and make judgments about the quality and outcome of what we do or don’t do. I like to call this voice the Inner Critic or the Inner Judge. Take your pick.