Communicating with your body is another way of saying building your intuition.

Everyone is intuitive. Some have practiced this inherent part of themselves and have come to trust this aspect of themselves. But what if you don’t know if it is a part of you? How do you begin? How do you learn to trust this aspect of you? It’s by conscious practice, that you build this “muscle” or enhance this skill within you. You will find, over a short period of time, that your intuitive skills will grow with consistent practice. But before I suggest how to enhance this part of you, I would like you to think back on a time, or times, where your intuition showed itself to you. A few examples I would like you to recall are:

1.) Times when the phone rang or you received a text-and you knew who it was before you looked. You just had this feeling, that’s an example of intuition.

2.) You were thinking about someone, and you unexpectedly, see them in the grocery store (or other setting) or they call you. This is intuition, and you were paying attention.

3.) Or you decided to take another route to work or school just at the last minute. You find out later, the other route you typically take had been shut down (for whatever reason). This is another example of you following your  intuition.

A fundamental way to practice  is just learning what it means to communicate with your body with a simple “yes” or “no” response by feeling it in your body. Try this, Ask your body to “show” you a “yes.” Wait a couple of moments, and feel what it feels like in your body. Then ask your body to “show” you a “no.” Wait a couple of moments and feel the body’s response. Was it different than the “yes”? If not, ask your body to give you a stronger response to each. When I do this, for me, I feel an uplifting (expanding) sensation in my body with a “yes” and a heavy (constricting) response for a “no.”

Ok, so now that you and your body are talking to each other (which by the way, your body has always been trying to get you to hear it, but now you’re listening!). Ask it some questions that you know the response to, such as:  the color of my eyes are (fill in the blank)-wait for your body’s response. My birth name I was born with is (fill in the blank), wait for your body’s response, etc. Make it a game, make it playful!

You can start adding more complex questions, such as:

1.) Shall I eat some fruit for breakfast (feel the response!) or oatmeal.
2.) Shall I put on my right shoe on first (feel the response) or my left shoe on first (feel the response).
3.) Shall I turn right (feel the response) or  shall I turn left, at this intersection.

Typically hinderances can be our emotional state-so before you begin, you may  choose to do a few deep breaths to quiet the mind and the body. Another hinderance to listening to the response in our body is the “should/could” answer. These are the  answers you think you should/could receive-that’s from the brain-not the body. Feel your response. There is a difference. Remember, your beginning to strengthen your intuition by listening to the body’s inherent wisdom/knowingness-not what you’ve trained the brain to do. The other thing to be aware of, is this, sometimes, the body will give you a “no” but you choose to not listen to it. Just be conscious of that-when you choose not  to listen to your body’s response.

As you develop your intuition, begin to add more emotionally charged questions, but in order to hear what the body says, you will need to be in the most neutral emotional state to receive the body’s answer.

Experiment with this activity for 2 weeks, be consistent.  See how it changes from one week to the next as you develop your skill and trust in your intuitive abilities.

Have fun with it, be playful, be curious, be open to learning more about yourself and the ability to “tune in” and really begin communicating/listening to your body!