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Listen to your body

Listen to your body
It knows more than you think
Listen to your body
It guides your intuition
Listen to your body
It follows basic instincts
Listen to your body
It is the sixth sense
Listen to your body
It craves what is missing
Listen to your body
It will steer you to balance
Listen to your body
It is your temple
Listen to your body

Stop. Breathe. Repeat.

You know what we don’t get enough of? Air. We often forget to breathe. We run around all day like wind-up dolls and it takes great effort to bring awareness to what is essential: breathing.

Today I literally stopped what I was doing about every hour to deepen my breath. All day long I was feeling suffocated, like my lungs were not getting enough oxygen. New York, the capital of changing weather 24/7, is in the middle of another topsy-turvy climate – the humid/cold/rainy weather probably had something to do with my condition.

Every time you feel anxious, nervous, or hyper-stimulated, try to bring your awareness back to the breath. Focus on the here and now, breathe all that tension out. Fill your lungs with air by inhaling, slowly and deeply, through the nose and low into the belly. Try to feel your breath moving, and follow it diffusing through the lungs and into the blood, until it reaches all the cells of your body, down to the fingers and toes.

There are breathing techniques that are used for different effects on the body. For example, breathing through your left nostril calms you down, which can be useful during stress or before an exam. Breathing through the right nostril, on the other hand, wakes you up and gives your energy, so you can use this on a long car ride (especially useful for the driver).

We really don’t give enough credit to the power of the breath. But if you think about it, each breath is essential for maintaining our life force, until the next breath. We can go days without water and weeks without food, but we can only survive minutes without oxygen. So oxygen is the number one nutrient to nourish your body; water is the second; and food takes third place. Honor the breath and bring awareness to it periodically to get the full benefit of it.

Metanoia

I found this definition via a Facebook page I follow, called “WordPorn.” It symbolizes what many people go through in life, when they don’t like how things are going. I am going through a similar process myself. Except I think I am more on a journey of self-discovery. I want to change certain aspects of my current way of living so that I can be true to who I am. So I think I am going through more of a major meta-analysis of myself, and tweaking stuff as I go along, to gradually be in harmony with my inner desires.

But going back to the concept of metanoia – can people really change themselves entirely? Maybe, if like me, they realize they are not being true to who they are, they would be motivated to change so they live out their potential. However, I don’t think a person can change into something they are not – at least, not for long. Sure, they can temporarily change to fit in with current trends, or to mend broken relationships, to get on someone’s good side, to get a certain job… but eventually, all pretenses will collapse. A person can’t survive on someone else’s terms or ideas of how to live. Eventually the pressure will build and the dams will break, and the oppressed inner self will demand justice. Real lasting change is only possible if a person is changing in the direction of their true nature, towards inner peace and balance.

It’s OK to say “No”

We’ve all seen the movie “The Yes Man.” Or at least have heard about it or seen commercials. The point is, good things happen when you open yourself up to receiving all things the universe has to offer, and saying “yes” to absolutely every opportunity, even if it seems wacky. In fact, the wacky ones may pay off in the end, according to the movie.

While the “yes” concept is alluring and all’s well that ends well….well, it may be wise to set limits in real life. Knowing when to say “no” is an equally important aspect of the self-awareness process. “No” is a rejection of something that has no room in your life, so that you can make space for the things that truly resonate with you as an individual.

Oftentimes, we say “yes” to things in the hopes of pleasing those that are making offers to us. But this kind of thinking is sure to end up not pleasing anyone. If our heart is truly not into it, then we are not doing either party any favors. Respect one another and be honest and truthful about your values. This will allow us a fair chance at recognizing whether we share the same interests and place us on a path to either deepening our connection, or heading our separate ways. In any case, it will be better than attempting to fake like-mindedness and forge something that will not benefit either person.

There is a saying that has been going around the web recently, “Today is the day to let go of the things that no longer serve me.” We need to be able to recognize when we have gotten to a place where we are comfortable and happy, and not force a good thing to turn bad.