These days, many people are quite out of tune with their bodies. They think how they feel is *normal*, but that’s usually because they have never experienced genuine internal harmony.
The good news is that, despite all the pressures of the modern world, getting in tune with your body is still possible. It just requires a little planning, effort and knowledge.
Here’s what to do.
Get Rid Of Your Alarm Clock
Historically, human beings didn’t wake up according to the beat of an alarm clock. Instead, they got out of bed when their bodies told them to.
It turns out that our eyes have special receptors in them that pick up sunlight as it travels through the lids. So our bodies always know when morning arrives, even before we fully wake up.
Getting rid of your alarm clock sounds dangerous. But it can make all the difference in the world. You wake up naturally, feeling refreshed and ready to get on with the day.
Do A Body Scan
Many meditations use a technique called body scanning. This procedure involves starting at the top of the body, relaxing the muscles, and then moving down. You might begin, for example, by relaxing your scalp, then all the muscles on your face, followed by your neck, shoulders and so on.
Doing a body scan is helpful because it lets you identify potential tightness issues that you might ordinarily ignore. You quickly become conscious of where you’re tight, allowing you to relax and calm down.
Change Your Physical Routines
Over time, the body develops muscle memory – a kind of in-built reflex that allows it to do certain repetitive tasks more efficiently.
However, while this is helpful in the short term, it can be detrimental in the long-run. Your physique can become unbalanced over time.
The trick here is to mix up your exercise routine as much as you can. If you have an injury, try to work around it, either by supporting it directly, using custom orthotics, or trying low-impact sports, like swimming or cycling.
Honor Your Body
If you discover a problem with your body, don’t assume that the solution is to just power through as though it wasn’t a problem. Instead, listen carefully to what it’s telling you to do. Usually, you can tell.
For instance, sometimes your body will tell you that you need to stop exercising and sit down. It’s not just regular exercise fatigue, but genuine exhaustion.
Other times, your body will tell you that a specific type of exercise isn’t right for you, even if your personal trainer recommends it. Always listen to feedback from your body – almost always, it’s trying to tell you something important.
Practice Being Present
Many people spend so much time and effort feeling depressed about the past and anxious about the future that they forget the present entirely. But living in the present is the only thing that you can ever do. Being present helps you to rely more on your senses and less on the mind, keeping you out of your own head and firmly planted in the real world.