Many of us have heard about staying “awake an aware” to the signs around us. How often do we consider, sensing signs?
We receive information on numerous energy levels simultaneously, via thoughts, emotions, and sensations in our bodies, dreams, and ideas. If allowed, we can engage in constant communication with the energies around us. Unfortunately, with all the information speaking to us, we don’t listen.
For example, no matter how much your body aches, you ignore the pain. The pain in your lower back needs to wait until you get that 5-gallon bucket of paint up those stairs. That spontaneous hip pain needs to chill, ‘cuz you have yoga class.
We can’t spot the beginning of our illness and unresolved emotions because we’ve been trained to suppress them.
No wonder many of my clients express feeling disconnected or lost. Our connection to ourselves and the universe is often non-existent. It’s time for all of us to slow down, reconnect, and remember that we can make the connections at any moment by being more aware of our mind, body, and environment.
Here are 4 Ways to Sense Signs:
1. Do what works for you.
I find it interesting when people complain to me about how busy they are, or their heavy workload.
This year, I have turned down many opportunities to “co-create” with some amazing women, because I realized I wouldn’t have time for me. This does not only lead to disconnect, but also the emotional burden of animosity.
When you become more self-aware, things don’t just happen to you. You are a co-creator of your experiences.
Our thoughts, words, and actions impact our bodies. When you say “yes”, when you really want to say “no” – you dishonor yourself.
In addition to not overburdening yourself, speak lovingly towards your body, get a massage, (or massage it yourself with your own hands!) What thoughts pop up when you are kind to you? Honor the insight.
2. Breath & Meditation
Here’s a no-brainer. Regular meditation is a great way to listen to your body and soul. When you get quiet, the messages are louder.
Once, at a breath-work workshop I participated in, one person broke into tears, and someone else broke out in laughter. Both of these participants released emotions that had been long trapped in their bodies.
One thing I’ve observed in my meditations is how breathing relaxes muscles I didn’t even realize were tense. When we breathe and stay still, it allows awareness to surface. Tip: You don’t have to know what the sensations mean. Just give yourself the opportunity to take time for yourself in this way.
3. Observe Patterns.
Our behaviors and experiences, follow a type of rhythm – kinda like nature.
I remember when I was a child, rain made me feel more creative. Fast forward – when I lived in Florida, I loved the rain… it was a good time to spend at home. (I always felt obligated to go outside when it was sunny).
Each July throughout my life, I would want to get away from whomever I was with. I later discovered that my mother left my biological father in July when I was too young to remember. After that discovery, I never felt that way again.
The point here is this: Not everything we feel and experience is random.
Notice the patterns in your life. You may find that the phase of the moon, certain seasons, or times of year have an impact on you.
4. Release your attachment to having all the answers.
It will always be important to honor yourself, trust your feelings, and avoid dimming your light (by discounting your feelings or experiences). But allow the sensations to come and go. Things often make more sense upon reflection, so don’t feel compelled to “figure it out now”.
Slow down, be kind to yourself and pay attention.
Stay open to the wonders and beauty that life is offering through you.