The body has three brains: head, heart, and gut brain. Thoughts are the most common form of self listening, however, some things we think are not always true. As such, it is important to listen with total body awareness along with intuitions and feelings as a form of listening to self. When we listen with our whole body, we can feel a “yes” or “no”. Listening with our whole selves helps us make sure our decisions and actions are aligned with our goals and values, as well as our basic human needs.
Signs of Optimal Health & Wellness
When we learn to listen to our whole selves, indicators of thriving include:
Thoughts and feelings are in alignment
Ability to feel confident in decisions and actions
High energy levels
When one is not listening to one’s whole self, there are signs of warning:
Chronic illness or depression
Being reactive rather than responsive
Being accident prone
When making decisions and taking actions, it’s important to recognize how the decision or action makes you feel. It’s also important to make sure your feelings and thoughts are in alignment. If not, these are the times to evaluate further. Is my thought true? How do I know? What is this feeling? When your thoughts and feelings are not in alignment, there is often a feeling of discomfort, anxiety or suspicion.
Practice journaling to help explore your thoughts and feelings
Practice Body/Mind connections
Practice grounding techniques
There a many ways to get support in learning how to listen more closely to your whole self.