Everything you go through in life, whether from mind, body or spirit has information for you. Information along with an invitation to go deeper, to go within.
What do you do with the information?
Do you receive it or resist?
Do you make changes based on the information or pretend you never got the message?
Both are very human responses.
But whether you resist or refuse to get the message, the information persists lingering in your body.
The bad news is, that information has to come out sometime, somewhere. Wouldn’t it be better to have a say in that?
When you feel stressed, upset or fearful your sympathetic nervous system kicks in, sending adrenaline racing through your body, while your heart begins to race and your breathing becomes shallow.
The best thing to do in that moment is to focus on your breath, slowing everything down to a deep and rhythmic pace.
The second best thing to do is get curious about the information you’re receiving.
During a recent coaching conversation a client shared that she was feeling lost in her life, unsure about where she was heading. We started to explore it together.
I asked her:
- What has you feel lost?
- How do you know you’re lost?
- What do you feel in your body when you experience feeling lost?
Exploring the feeling released the pressure she felt. She was suddenly able to breathe, the tightness in her chest dissipated, leaving in its place a sense of calm.
“Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.” – Albert Einstein
You have to go within.
Use these simple steps, and be patient with yourself as you begin. Remember, this IS a practice.
With pen and journal in hand, take a deep breath and begin. . .
1. Say what’s there.
Just as my client did, get out of your head and into your body. Acknowledge the feeling that’s there.
2. Get curious.
Ask the questions above and write down your thoughts.
3. Go within.
Feel your way through the experience. Feel what’s going on in your body. Ask yourself, “What’s the message here?”
“Calm is a superpower.” – Brene Brown