Sometimes in life, often without obvious good reason, we find ourselves feeling
longing for something we can’t quite define….
Sometimes life has brought us
a sense that the medical profession doesn’t quite “get” our bodies….
Sometimes we find we can no longer go on as if things are fine, due to
tiredness or exhaustion
I believe all humans are called to a deeply meaningful and satisfying life. We feel the yearning for it, deep within us. Our spirit is trying to carry us toward this life, but life, culture, family, education, upbringing, fear and experiences have led most of us to lose touch with the spirit within. Instead, we do our best to make choices for our lives that seem like the right thing to do, perhaps choices that we’re expected to make or we were told we had to make. Perhaps we have never been aware that there was an alternative.
If you’re experiencing any of the things listed above, my guess is that you’ve made enough life choices that pull you away from the life your spirit yearns for, that you’ve lost touch with it.
Life coaching is what happens next.
I begin my life coaching process by helping clients reconnect with their body. The body is the most fundamental connection we have to ourselves, yet modern living encourages us to disconnect, until many don’t even understand what re-connection might be.
Test Your Level of Body Connection
Close your eyes, breathe a few gentle but deep breaths, then draw your focus to your feet, and feel how your feet feel, internally. Do you feel anything? If not, note how your socks or shoes feel, or how the floor feels, against your feet. Are they hot or cold? Comfortable or not? Are they hurting in any way?
Move up your body, stopping at each part, and try to feel how they feel, from the inside, moving to the external senses if you can’t feel the inside.
When you’ve completed this process through your whole body, right to the crown of your head, note how relaxed you feel, how much more aware of your body you are.
Why is body connection so important?
The key to living a deeply satisfying and fulfilling life is living from our Spirit. Our Spirit longs to carry us on a path through life that maximises peace, love and wholeness. When we are out of touch with our Spirit, invariably we make decisions based on other criteria, and this leads to our unhappy lives, even when we seem to have everything we’ve been told should make us happy.
To reconnect with our Spirit, we must reconnect with our body, because the Spirit has been placed in this body, to live out this life. The two are deeply interconnected.
In all my life coaching classes and programs, you’ll learn to listen to your body’s language, because the Spirit uses the body to speak. It is this process that has brought you to your current experience of physical tension, pain, stress, depression, tiredness or dissatisfaction…..you know you are feeling these things because your body is physically feeling something. But that physical feeling is speaking for your Spirit. The body is communicating that you’re choosing against your Spirit.
…maybe I just need a good vacation…..
In learning to connect to our bodies, resting tired and worn out bodies quickly becomes the #1 task. So, if you’re thinking you just need a break to rest and revive yourself, my experience is that you’re probably right. In fact, there’s rarely a client comes to me who isn’t in need of a lot of rest.
The trouble with pinning all your hopes on a good vacation is that you haven’t addressed why you’re letting yourself get so tired to begin with. Clearly, you’ve made choices about your lifestyle, work, sleep, waking rest time and so on, that aren’t compatible with your body being well-rested. You’re not listening to the signals in your body that are telling you to take more rest. You may not realise you’re doing this, because you’re disconnected from your body.
Other common ways we ignore our body’s signals that we’re getting further away from what our Spirit is longing for are things like
- eating too much, or eating poor-quality foods (high sugar, high fat comfort food)
- drinking too much
- lowered immune system
- falling asleep during the day
- physical issues such as joint pain, muscle tension (ie migraines), digestive issues, back pain, and illnesses with little known cause or cure, like fibromyalgia or arthritis
If you’re longing for a life that feels like freedom, joy, love, peace, connection and deep, deep fulfilment, why not schedule a free 30 minutes call with me, to find out whether working with me is right for you.