The Body Has Its Own Wisdom
”The body has its own wisdom and ways of knowing, separate and distinct from that of the mind. The mind thinks while the body feels. From each of these ways of knowing we get valuable information. Just as seeing and hearing are two totally distinct senses which supply us with discrete sensations, so too the body gives us different feedback than the mind. Our bodies have a special and unique relationship with the vibrating matrix of our reality, one which we can learn to tap into and be informed from.” — John Kehoe
In our culture, we are not used to listening to this body wisdom. We treat our bodies as if they are something to be overcome with willpower. (“If I were stronger or better, then I wouldn’t eat like I do.”) We eat on a schedule, instead of according to our hunger and fullness. We force ourselves to eat whatever foods are part of the latest diet trend because we believe we “should” in order to be “healthy," rather than eating what would be truly nourishing and satisfying.
It can be a challenge to overcome this programming and tune into what is really going on inside. It is a process that starts with slowly building awareness and opening space for a new way of looking at food and its connection to our body and our wellbeing.
"Listening to the body is a practice that requires mindfulness and patience. It demands attention to detail, to subtle shifts in sensation. But as you listen more and more, you will learn to trust the body’s wisdom.” — Will Meacham, MD