Your body is a pathway to your emotions
This month in The Boho Loft, it’s all about health and wellbeing. I’ve teamed up with my dear friend and colleague...
This month in The Boho Loft, it’s all about health and wellbeing. I’ve teamed up with my dear friend and colleague Veronica Pacella – Holistic nutritionist, health and life coach – to address a number of aspects of health: mental, emotional, physical, environmental, and spiritual.
Today, I want to talk about the body, and how our bodies can help us to tap into our emotions and feelings. In this month’s module in the membership site, we go in-depth on the topic, and after working on the material with Veronica, I really felt I wanted to share some of the insights here on the blog, too.
The thing to understand – and yes, I know, it may feel very counter-intuitive to some of you – is that your body is a beautiful tool of awareness.
From a holistic perspective, every time there’s something going on at some level – whether it’s mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, or environmental – your body tries to communicate this to you.
You might have little aches and pains, or trouble sleeping. Perhaps your stomach is upset, or you’re very stressed and you simply can’t figure out why. In all of these cases, it’s useful to not only treat the physical symptoms, but also to look at your emotions and the underlying feelings that could be lingering.
Because the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of embodiment are so connected, it’s important to listen to your body’s messages.
Another reason why it’s important to listen is that, very often, emotions and feelings are not conscious, and so we are not aware of them. We’ll have a symptom, and if we look closely, we’ll be able to identify an underlying uneasiness or emotion that needs to be addressed, but getting there is a conscious process.
And finally, and this is important to know, the messages are different for everyone, and for every body. No two aches will come down to the same emotion or feeling; the reasons why you and someone else can’t sleep at night will differ. That’s why listening to your body, and learning to know your body well, is essential.
And why not?
In our Western world, it’s become so common to treat our bodies from a purely mechanical point of view, as a tool – like all the other tools we have around us – to help us be productive, achieve things, and make money. But we forget that our bodies are part of us, that they are precious, and that knowing them well is invaluable.
So the first thing is to listen. Because, to be able to understand the symptoms, first we have to be aware of them, too! And guess what? Very often, it’s not that we don’t have any, but it’s simply that we ignore them, and in the busyness of our lives, we keep on coping and continue with our business as usual. As if we had no body to take care of at all.
Then, when you’ve noticed the symptoms… Don’t just treat them. Remember that they’re important, and a way for your body to tell you something. So investigate, try to understand what’s going on, and ask yourself questions, such as:
- When did the symptoms start?
- What was I doing right before?
- What was I feeling?
- How am I feeling now, experiencing the symptoms?
Research shows that all unresolved emotions eventually find their way into our bodies through physical symptoms. So symptoms must always be taken seriously, and linking symptoms to emotional uneasiness or pain should always be considered.
Starting to understand what kind of emotions you are feeling can in many cases be the first step to healing your body. And that’s what I want you to take away from this post.
Of course, there are cases of sickness and disease that really need to be addressed on a physical level, and I’m all for that. But there are many illnesses, pains, and aches that are not purely physical or caused by life-threatening diseases.
And in those cases, it really pays to dig a little deeper and see what the heart has to say.
Don’t you think so? Let me know below.