Learning to hear your inner voice, your inner guidance, your body can seem like a strange thing. You may have no idea how to do it. That was definitely me for a long time.
I couldn’t get past the chatter in my mind to access my own inner guidance.
I came across these questions in a Cheryl Richardson book (I don’t remember which but I recommend everything she writes).
Taking the time to sit down and write out responses to these questions earnestly has helped me to interrupt unwanted behaviours.
Like binge eating/emotional eating/mindless snacking.
Like helping me calm down after a busy, stressful day and let go of a harried mindset.
Like knowing how to care for myself and bring me into a better emotional and mental place when I’m feeling overwhelmed and heartbroken.
I often prefer to write in my journal but I also keep an Evernote note with these questions in it so I can journal about them anywhere I go.
1. What am I feeling right now?
2. What sensations do I notice in my body?
3. What images come into view?
4. What are these images or feelings trying to tell me about myself? .
5. Is there something I need or want? If so, what is it?
It might take a little while to really tap into your heart to answer these questions. Just have patience with yourself. Anything new takes a little time.
1. Anxious. Unstable. Flighty. Hungry. Nervous- a bundle of nerves
2. Hunger. Tightness in my chest. Shallow breathing. Tense hips, legs, lower abdomen, hunched forward. Tense jaw.
3. Darkness. Being nervous at my yoga class. Tension – like hard glass ready to shatter.
4. I will shatter under all this tension. I am delicate and breakable in this state. I am reducing myself just with my mind.
5. A quiet night with soft light, luxurious pillows, snacks foods, quiet conversation and tenderness with Keith. No where to go. Nobody to be. Nothing to do.
Wide open spaces where I can spread my wings and breathe deep and easy. Let go of my inhibitions and just be calm, peaceful and untethered. .
Deep, slow, peaceful breaths. Meditation.
By following these questions I am often given concrete steps or actions I can take to take better care of myself. It gets easier to name emotions and sensations and accept them and shift into feeling better.