Building a greater sense of safety, comfort, and trust in my body and allowing my body to be a compass that guides me.
Feeling safe in, comfortable with, and guided by our bodies is imperative for health and healing. If we don’t feel safe, we may cope by making ourselves small so that we can go unnoticed. This may serve in present-moment danger, but when that danger has passed it no longer serves us. When we don’t feel safe or comfortable in our bodies, it may show in our posture, weight, tone and volume of voice, emotions, and general self-expression. Also, if our bodies have experienced pain or discomfort or if we’ve felt betrayed by our bodies, we may disconnect from its messages. I have a history of living in my head and allowing my mind to control my body. Ignoring our body’s needs and urges for sleep, nourishment, or movement, and over-indulging in alcohol, sugar, or other drugs is common when we’ve disconnected from the body’s messages. Even over-working, staying busy, or obsessing can be a sign of disconnection. I’ve been learning about the power of scheduling pauses throughout my day to check-in with and listen to my body, which builds a sense of safety and trust. This work is a physical, emotional, and energetic effort.