How to Better Communicate with Your Body
Your body can speak to you, you know. And you could listen to it--if only you knew how to properly communicate with it.
But why should you, in the first place?
Well, your body is your sanctuary. Communicating with it isn’t only a way of showing gratitude for your body, but also a way of healing from the inside. When “talking” to your body, you’re listening to your inner self and finding peace within. At the end of the day, your own body is all you’ve got--and you can turn to it anytime you’d like. And trust me, it will respond.
Truth is, few people can communicate with their body and listen to it properly, as in having a conversation with it. Yes, that’s a thing! And if you’re like “well, Miyako, I have no idea what you’re talking about”, you’re not the only one. We’ll talk about it in a few seconds.
But first, try to reflect on everything that’s happened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Where are you right now, compared to where you used to be? Perhaps you’ve postponed a lot of activities (didn’t we all?), or maybe you’re celebrating an accomplishment you thought you wouldn’t achieve, business-wise.
Whatever happened, your body's here, today. It’s gone through a lot this past year, but it’s still relatively healthy. You need to celebrate it. And what better way to thank your body than to communicate with it?
Communicating with your body comes down to daily management of both your physicality and your mind.
But it can be hard. Especially for those people following what I call the “holy grail” methods--yoga, meditation--which for some people aren’t holy grails whatsoever.
In fact, you’ve probably noticed a lot of ads from meditation and yoga apps that have surfaced in the past few months. People were staying home, so what else could they do to soothe their nerves? They were helpless. So these businesses raked it in.
But if you’re like me, you’ll find that these practices don’t come naturally to you.
For years, I tried to silence my mind in order to listen to my body using meditation. I tried my hardest, and I wanted it to work so badly. But my busy mind is continuously kind of subsidizing me. I just couldn’t really focus on and hear what my body was saying to me, or trying to say to me.
So I tried a different approach--one that, after a while of trial and error, finally gave me the inner dialogue I was seeking in traditional practices, but could never find.
Today, I’d like to share with you one of my little but very effective tools to get started with communicating with your body. Can you guess what tip it is?
Because I teach proper breathing techniques, it’s easy to assume that this type of communication has to do with your breath.
Although breathing is essential to send important signals to your body, the limelight belongs to something else today.
The best way to communicate with your body is through whispering.
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Exactly. Just like you speak to a baby or soothe a loved one before they go to sleep. Our bodies respond marvelously to whispering.
When you approach your children, for instance, and you want to have a relaxed conversation with them, kindly teach them a lesson, or even just talk to them, your voice comes out in a comforting manner. At times, you might even do it unconsciously. But you can bet they love when that happens.
It’s relaxing. It’s motherly. And above all, even though these words are never spoken, the tone you’re using says “It’s okay. I love you, and you’re safe”. You can use this same comforting tone to communicate with your body.
As another example, you’ve probably watched at least one ASMR video at this point. These videos became popular on Youtube around 2010 and grew notorious by the year. Even famous artists have been exploring this intriguing sensation ever since it became a hit among Youtubers.
I could bring you an entirely scientific explanation, but let’s keep things simple. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, which defines a “tingly”, feel-good sensation one might feel on the back of the head, the spine, as well as between the shoulder blades. When ASMR happens, your heart rate lowers, and you feel your entire body relax. That’s literally your body responding to the stimulus of whispering and relaxing sounds, such as nail-tapping on surfaces and wet mouth sounds.
This technique is widely consumed by people who suffer from anxiety or insomnia. Some ASMR specifically addresses anxiety and insomnia in their titles. If you check out the comments in those videos, viewers will often be praising the artist’s relaxation-inducing skills.
Now, let’s get to the icing on the cake.
How to whisper to your body--and have it respond to you.
The whispering technique is a powerful way to thank and celebrate your body for everything it does for you, every single day. Your body has 60 trillion cells. That’s a lot of zeroes. They’re working hard for you, so find a few minutes a day to connect with your inner self.
I promise you it’ll be worth it, especially if you haven’t found relief with traditional relaxation methods.
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