Listen above all else.
Listen intricately. Not merely to words but to cadence, to verbal rests—the space between words- to the music of communication.
Listen with all your senses. This widens your perceptual lens so you can transform what you might now deem ordinary, into the extraordinary.
Listen to the instant messages from your body.
Listen physically. Start a friendly, internal dialog with your body. Drop down deeply into your sensory body. Thank it for all the stories it has seen you through. Noticing is healing. Creative noticing is alchemical for a body. Treat it as the magical vessel that it is.
Listen metaphysically. Integrate. Avoid living life only from the neck up. Seek out your body wisdom. Actively uncover your Energy Signature—your unseen but very real and active imprint out in the world.
Incorporate a two-part daily check-in to remind you of the power of messages from the body.
Begin by getting quiet, follow your breathing for three cycles.
Notice where inside there might be a sensory disconnect.
Place a soft hand there to acknowledge it.
Imagine your hand is a leaf on water.
Listen for what further awareness might bubble up.
Thank the discomfort for bringing itself to your attention. Ask what it needs you to know. Hold the intention of curiosity and inquiry. Listen. Your discomfort may soften, your body may surprise you, especially if you’ve never given thought to creating a dialog with your inner body wisdom.
Then, play with asking, “Where does “joy” live in your body?” Engage the first place that calls to you. Place a soft hand on that spot, this time choosing the intention to viscerally anchor joy.
Listen metaphorically. Invite the imaginative and unseen possibilities into your awareness on a regular basis.
Connect threads of pattern in your life. What pattern pleases you, sustains you? Weave that into your consciousness. Notice where your new patterns fit easily in your body and where there might be discomfort. Honor any fear– don’t discount it.
Treat all your body-mind signals as valuable — metaphorical gold for you to mine the wisdom of, or metaphorical, internal straw just waiting to be spun into gold. On the metaphorical level, inner alchemy is yours to practice and own.
What patterns are old stories trapped energetically inside your bodily tissues, no longer serving you? Are they your ancestor stories, or shame stories? Less-than stories? Victim stories?
Know that you can widen your perceptual lens on all three levels, physical, metaphysical and metaphorical. You can re-purpose those old stories or transform them on a cellular level.
Your body is the ultimate recorder. Listen to the instant messages it sends you, in the present moment, not only when pain gets sharp or unbearable. Choose to connect.
Once you develop the habit of gently engaging your internal world, you’ll be able to trust your gut, rely on your decisions, stop second guessing yourself and live a life of wonder, inclusion and non-judgment of others, but first and foremost, of yourself.