How often do you listen to your body?

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I'm guessing you, too, have been bombarded by Black Friday deals an overflowing inbox, and sensory overload at the stores the past week. It's been an active process for me to maintain a level of easeful embodiment as I feel the frenzy of the collective around me.

Over the past 10 weeks in the Golden Stone Wisdom School we’ve been working with practices intended to build more trust and love into our relationships with ourselves, and practicing listening to our bodies, turning towards ourselves to investigate what may be going on.

Our bodies are SO incredibly wise. I’ve been really reveling in this thought lately, allowing myself to be awed by my body. I mean, how incredible is it that when we cut ourselves, our skin magically heals over! And we don’t even have to think about *how* to repair our skin... It just happens!

It really is a miracle when you stop and think about it. And that’s just one example. There are countless things our body is doing for us all day long. What can you think of right now that awes you about your body? Take your eyes away from the screen, and think about this for a moment. Can you find a sense of wonder, admiration, and gratitude for this marvelous, intricate intelligence that is you? Our bodies contain multitudes within them. Their information is always valid, and gives us insight into the current state of our nervous system, our emotional self, our mental and spiritual well-being, and our physical needs. Yet oftentimes, given the distracted, “doing” orientation of most of our lives, especially getting swept up in the frenzy of the Holidays, we tend to live more in our heads, unable to truly hear the signals our body is sending us. So we truly have no idea how we are, really. Or maybe we have a sense, but try to remain somehow “ahead” of, or outsmart our body in some way so we can do all that we want and need to do.

It can be pretty sobering to notice all the ways in which we abandon or betray our bodies on a daily basis. And by “abandon” I mean when we override the body’s messages because we “have” to do something, think we “should” do something, or simply don’t want to slow down, or rest, or feel what is surfacing. So we end up distracting ourselves from feeling, creating that sense of abandonment in what’s really needing our attention. I understand it's not always an option for folks to just rest when their body is asking. But there&