Gut Instincts – Pay Attention
Gut instincts can save your life – pay attention. A funny tingle in your belly. A sudden knot in your solar plexus. A sharp pain in the right corner or left corner of your abdomen. A gnawing discomfort deep within.
That funny tingle, a jittery, uncomfortable feeling, may be a rush of dopamine alerting you to something dangerous or just not right in your environment. Without that “gut feeling,” you might not take notice. But your body is giving you a signal.
A sharp pain or a gnawing pain can indicate a serious physical problem. Apendicitis, kidney stones, a gall bladder attack, acid indigestion or even a heart problem can all be revealed by a “gut feeling” that is not familiar and ordinary to you. Pay attention.
Physical symptoms are sometimes not indicating a physical problem but rather revealing to you that someone or something is emotionally disturbing you. If your body feels fine until you spend time with a certain person, then perhaps that person’s energy is affecting you adversely. Pay attention.
If you meet a new person and get an instant bodily sensation, e.g., you feel a tighening in your stomach, your legs feel weak and shaky, you suddenly feel tired, then trust your instincts. Notice how that person is affecting you. Pay attention.
If you are really astute, you can observe the bodily reactions of others and realize ways to show sympathy, empathy or to offer help and comfort. Being oblivious to the needs and feelings of others, especially if you are in a close relationship with that person, can cause you problems later on. Pay attention.
Finally, one interesting example of the benefits of listening to your body rather than you mind, is in a situation where you “choke.” It happens to experienced athletes, experienced performers, experiences speakers. When we become skilled at an activity, it becomes a habit pattern in our brain. If we are forced to focus on the details of that skill, we can temporarily lose the sense of that habit pattern that has been established in our brain. Thinking can interfere. In this situation, ignore your thoughts and pay attention to your body. Let your body free your mind.
In healing, in love, in relationships, in sports, and in many aspects of life, let your body lead the way. Pay attention to the wisdom of your body. Your Body Believes You