Your Body Knows
In the Martha Beck coaching lingo, we call it the Body Compass. It is a simple and powerful tool for navigating the big and small decisions in our lives.
Speaking for myself, the more I’ve acquainted myself with my personal body compass the more I can tune into my body’s signals for the ‘hot and cold’ game of deciding what is a right next step for me. At the moment my physical cues are full body chills (you know the kind that you get when you hear a really beautiful story). I get those at very odd times and it usually when someone is telling me something that is their truth, or when I’ve accessed mine. Additionally, if I’m considering something and my throat closes up, I know that is an invitation to look deeper at the situation to see why it isn’t right for me (and consider ditching it all together).
I often ask myself…what would it mean for me to ONLY operate from my intuition. I’ve tried it a lot and then I forget and go back to my old ways of forcing things, looking outside myself for answers and just bumbling around not paying attention to the messages my body gives me.
Ultimately, to be able to operate from intuition I can see that developing a consistent practice of connecting with the stillness within me through meditation and connection with nature will be useful. I am learning more about these practices through Martha Beck’s new book Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, especially in the sections called Wordlessness and Oneness.
I may be romanticizing what my life would be like with a purely intuitive approach, but I believe that IS how we connect with our authentic path; by connecting with that inner knowing. As much as it sounds super-airy-fairy-loosy-goosy, for me it also paradoxically feels very practical and from the ‘here-and-now’. Who knows best about what is right for your life than YOU.
If you’re curious about the Body Compass tool, contact me and I can run a Tool Time Tuesday session on it! Bring your friends along too!
I also invite you to share your ideas about intuition here…I am deeply intrigued by this topic and would love to learn more!