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Stepping Into Transition
   June 2004  

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Listening To The Body's Wisdom

Connecting With The Body

This Month's Quote And Recommended Reading

Published by Philip Okrend, Personal And Professional Coach

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   Dear Readers,

Welcome to Stepping Into Transition, the monthly newsletter designed to help you navigate your way through the challenges of change into an authentic and empowered life.

  • Listening To The Body's Wisdom
  •   In my workshop, "Moving From Stuck To Unstuck", I ask participants to describe the physical feelings of being "stuck" and the physical feelings of being "passionate and alive". When people check in with their bodies to answer these questions, they receive great insight in determining whether or not they are on the right path. For some people being stuck or apprehensive might coincide with a tightness in their chest, or pressure and tenseness on their neck or back, while a feeling of passion may evoke a warm and open feeling in the chest.

    By bringing the feelings of your body to your conscious attention,you begin to access a source of wisdom that knows a great deal about the life you were meant to live. Would it surprise you that your values and beliefs communicate more authentically from felt experiences than from the rational mind? For example when you think of different possibilities or choices in your life, notice how you're feeling when you think of each one. Is there resistance in a part of your body or is there an energy or flow?

  • Connecting With The Body
  •   In order to become in tune to your body's wisdom, it is important to pay attention to it. Of course, proper sleep, healthy eating and exercising will create more balance for you to stay "in sync" with your body. But you can also practice right now as you are reading this article. Take a moment and notice how you are sitting in your chair. Notice whether any part of your body hurts or feels uncomfortable. How are you breathing right now? What are your emotions telling you right now? How do you feel? What are you prompted to do? Simply notice.

    The more you notice what is going on with your body, the more you will know yourself better, and in this way, you will become more focused, conscious and efficient. By checking in with your body many times during the day, you will start developing an innate intuition where you will take productive action more naturally, and you will spend less time spinning your wheels regarding decisions that are important to you.

    Try this for yourself and let me know how it goes.

  • This Month's Quote And Recommended Reading
  •   Quote for June

    "Often the body speaks that which the mind refuses to utter."

    Mabel Todd

    Recommended Reading

    "The Right Questions" by Debbie Ford offers Ten powerful questions that can help you reveal the motivations for your past decisions and guidance on how to consciously make the choices that will lead you towards greater fulfillment in your life.

    Look out for July's issue of "Stepping Into Transition" on "Strategies For Taming Your Gremlin". Until then. . . Phil

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