Your body is telling you something
In the west, we give our brains the lion share of attention (and credit). The entire space beneath our heads gets short shrift.
But your body is screaming at you — giving you important information. And this information can give you immediate insights about your personal and professional ecosystems and help you react more skillfully.
I’ll share with you a personal example:
When I get the tad bit embarrassed, I have a tell. My hips pivot up and my booty tucks under. It’s a minor adjustment. No one can see it happen. I hardly was aware of it myself. I’ve probably been doing it since childhood.
Over time — by working with my own somatic information – I’ve gotten to know this tell.
And when I feel it happen, I can use that information to inform my reaction to the embarrassment trigger.
- The embarrassment trigger happens (e.g. my father tells a story about some bone-headed thing I did as a teenager; a VIP tells me an idea I have is too out-there to even merit discussion, etc…)
- The booty tucks.
- I notice the tuck.
- The tuck interrupts me. I don’t act immediately on the trigger.
- That brief space allows me to explore the trigger. I can ask myself: Why am I feeling embarrassed? What’s the deeper story inside?
- I can decide how I want to react. Do I respond? If so, how can I respond from an untriggered place?
Our bodies are constantly feeding us information that could be extraordinarily helpful — if we notice.
What is your body trying to tell you,