Have you ever noticed how dogs seem to have a built-in alarm clock? They know when you should be home, when it’s time for their meals, when it’s time to go to bed and time to get up.
I’ve been babysitting a dog for the past week, and inevitably, about 15 minutes before feeding time, he gets up and starts pacing, or nudging my leg while I’m at my desk, to remind me it’s about time for food. And he puts himself to bed about 8:00 pm.
The Human Element
Well, it turns out we humans have that same ability. I’ve been experimenting lately with lots of ways to connect with my body’s inner wisdom – another form of mindfulness. One of the things I’ve started doing is asking my body to wake me up in the morning, a few minutes before the alarm, or before whatever time I want to get up. Before I go to sleep, I just ask politely, ‘Body, will you please wake me up at XX? Thank you.”
Amazingly, it does just that. I wake up gently, naturally, and have a few minutes to reflect on any dreams I had during the night, or on what is ahead in my day. It’s such a pleasant way to come to the present of the morning – SO much nicer than a blaring alarm.
I follow that gentle, luscious awakening with my morning routine, and it sets me up for a beautiful day.
The Body Responds to Appreciation
The truth of the matter is – at the risk of sounding crazy – I’ve started talking to my body a LOT, using the sway or muscle testing and meditative qigong, and always giving my thanks. Well my body is actually responding! We are building a beautiful relationship, my body and I: I give it what it needs, and it helps me out with what I need. And I’m loving this feeling of confidence, security and SELF that it inspires.
What About YOU?
So I’m curious, what do you do to connect with your body? Please post in the comments below; I’d love to hear what you’re doing, and maybe learn about something new. And if you enjoyed this post, I’d love it if you would subscribe; just fill out the form on the right.