Maybe it’s time to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. If your life is not going the way that you thought it should go, your body, all its parts, right down beneath the cellular level, even your DNA naturally knows what is best for you, and is communicating with you, trying to help you along the way, but you are not listening.
Your Body’s Built-in Warning System
There are people who are aware of this technology and are harmoniously tuned in to every beat of their heart, every breath they take, every feeling they feel, and use them as clues to what is happening around them.
Based on information communicated by your body, you can have a much better approach to life, situations, and circumstances, and can quickly make decisions based on what your body is telling you.
When your body speaks, the range can go from silently subtle to hugely obvious, yet most of us still do not listen to what the body is trying to say to us, even when it is painfully obvious that this communication is taking place.
Here are a dozen of the ways your body is trying to get your attention.
Top 12 Body Speaks
1. Knee-jerk Rejection
Like your first instinctual response to blurt out “No,” or, “No, thank you,” Is the best response for you. Especially when it just sort of blurts out, almost like you didn’t even have a chance to think it through first. More often than not, this thinking-through process causes more pain and suffering than you might have otherwise desired.
Rather than inviting others to test their skills of persuasion or negotiation on you, trusting your instinctive first reaction will allow you to build your skillset for setting boundaries. When it comes to the response of others in your circle of influence, if you haven’t been in the setting boundaries business in the past, when you start to do so, you may find that they get angry when you set boundaries.
2. Something Not Right
Your body will give you signs that something or someone is not going to be good for you. Like when you first meet someone and think to yourself, “There’s something not right about this person,” but you can’t quite put your finger on it or rationalize why you might feel this way.
Most of us will ignore this instinctive clue, and allow this person to convince us how wonderful they are, and let them talk us out of our initial reaction to meeting them, and the more we do so, the easier it is to not listen to the body the next time, until you end up not hearing what your body has to say, no matter how hard it tries to communicate to us.
3. Dreadful Feeling
If you are in the presence of another person and you feel a sudden feeling of utter dread in your gut (for men) or in your heart (for women), as if you felt as though something horrible was going to happen, like this person was going to be in a traumatic fatal accident, or you might feel death looking over your shoulder.
You rationalize yourself out of this feeling because there is nothing to base this (otherwise random) feeling on. But your body is trying to warn you that letting your guard down or allowing this person to access your precious inner circle may have dire consequences.
If you think back to every time, you ever felt this way, you will likely remember letting this person have access to you and yours, and now when you look back, the relationship has since ended. More likely than not, it ended badly. And it is also likely that you have numbed yourself to this reaction, and you are not alone, most of us have done this as well.
In a court of law, “I just had a weird feeling when I met this guy,” is not going to be respected or valued as reliable testimony because it can easily be instantly discarded with a wave of the hand and uttering some disrespectful phrase, such as, “It might just have been something you ate.”
Involuntary twitching of the eye or hand, pumping of the leg, or muscle cramps from small muscles of the toes to larger muscles like the toes, can be your body trying to get your attention.
This is a good time to start looking around for clues. What was taking place at the time of the involuntary interruption? Collect data, and if you are in a position to record your findings, you will be amazed how things you may not have noticed otherwise, make perfect sense later.
5. Energy Drain
Have you ever been in the presence of someone who you feel like all your life force was drained from your body when you were exposed to them?
This is a hint that you should probably limit their exposure to you. We refer to them as energy vampires and at the very least, this individual is toxic as they have a negative impact on the quality of your life. If this is a family member, you may not be able to cut them completely out of your life, but you could avoid them when you can.
6. Anxiety or Panic
If you life is normally on an even keel and you suddenly have an anxious feeling or panic that appears to be unfounded on the surface, again, this is an excellent time to start looking around for clues in real-time. Pay attention to what is happening around you and document it.
7. Bloody Nose
Some people experience an unexpected bleeding nose for no apparent reason. I mean, you were just minding your own business, and then all of a sudden, your nose begins to bleed. You were not in a bar fight, nothing even touched your nose, but here you are bleeding from the nose for who knows why.
Your body can respond to a potentially negative situation or circumstance by a drastic increase of blood pressure which could cause your nose to bleed unexpectedly.
Ever get a sudden pain in your (insert any location on or within your body) that shouldn’t have any pain there? You didn’t suffer an injury in that location, you don’t have any disease associated with that spot, it’s just painful without a logical reason why.
That is communication in progress. Now, it might be communication about a physical ailment that should be attended to, but that aside, it is your body telling you something is wrong.
9. Skin Disorders
Does your hand start itching when you shake that person’s hand? Do you break out in a rash after hanging out with that person? Do you get blisters on your feet (or anyone else) following exposure to that person?
You may experience any kind of skin-related reaction to circumstances that do not serve you, such as when you do an overtime, or have to take on a task that is not congruent with your life goals.
You can mask these warning body expressions by many methods and continue to desensitize this method of communication, and they may subside after a while, but when you look back, you will wish you paid better attention to your body.
Are you more susceptible to accidents than before? Have you lost your otherwise sure footing? Do you lose your balance? If you have eliminated health concerns such as ear infections, changes in vision, multiple sclerosis, and brain tumor, and still are living life as an unskilled stunt person, these incidents can be your body telling you about something being severely out of whack with the manner in which you are living your life.
Your being accident-prone may vanish once you have taken the wheel of your life and got it back on track again.
11. Chronic Illness or Disease
Not listening to what your body has to say will have your body kicking up the intensity of its communication methods which can lead to your body’s allowing you to contract a disease or to suffer chronic complications from illnesses that trouble you more and more over time.
Your body is saying that something is tragically out of balance.
I have found through the years in my practice that chronic illness and disease are clues to something significant being out of balance in a patient’s life. No (or few) doctors will press beyond diagnosing diseases or treating symptoms, but if someone has been suffering for six months or more, or has a life-threatening disease, I help them to start looking more closely at their life.
Amazingly, if you can uncover these inconsistencies and sort them out, when balance is achieved, the suffering stops, the symptoms fade away, and spontaneous healing or a miracle occurs.
12. Deterioration and Death
If you resist listening to your body’s cues for long enough, it can give up. Your immune system can fail, and your body will age more rapidly as you are unable to heal during the recovery-and-repair cycle that normally takes place while you sleep.
This is not to say that all or any of these symptoms are unrelated to other issues, rather, in my practice in many cases, these have been common indicators that pointed to significant changes which needed to be made in a client’s life.
Once the personal issues were determined and resolved by the client, the symptoms vanished.