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Navigating Authenticity: Listening to the Language of Your Body

In a world filled with cultural traditions and societal expectations, finding, and

maintaining authenticity can be a challenging endeavour. It often involves a delicate

balance between respecting tradition and staying true to your inner self.


I am going to share a personal experience that sheds light on this journey and how listening to

the language of our body can guide us toward authenticity.


The Uncomfortable Feeling


Have you ever been in a situation where something just didn't feel quite right? That

discomfort, that inner discord is often the first sign that your authenticity is being

tested. In my recent encounter, I found myself in a challenging intercultural traditional

situation. I deeply respected the culture and cherished the people involved, but what

they were proposing didn't sit well with me.


My initial reaction was to rationalise their suggestions. After all, it was tradition,

something deeply ingrained in their culture. Who was I to dispute it? I struggled with

this internal conflict until I decided to shift my focus.

I began to tune into the feelings within my body. It's astonishing how much wisdom resides there.

Listening to Your Body


I began to tune into the feelings within my body. It's astonishing how much wisdom

resides there. As I paid attention, I became aware of a profound sadness that

seemed to permeate my entire being. It started as a heavy sensation in my solar

plexus area, just below my sternum. This physical sensation triggered a chain

reaction, sending my sympathetic nervous system into overdrive. I felt the urge to

flee, retreating into a negative whirlwind of thoughts.


But I didn't let the mind chatter consume me. Instead, I gently connected with the

challenging feeling in my body. It was a conscious decision to focus on the emotion

rather than the accompanying stories in my head. Then, something incredible

happened.


As I sat with this discomfort, allowing myself to truly feel it, a release began.

The Release


As I sat with this discomfort, allowing myself to truly feel it, a release began. Tears

welled up, and I cried. It was as if my body had been holding onto this emotion,

waiting for me to acknowledge it. The more I embraced the feeling without judgment,

the more it flowed through and out of me.


This practice has been with me for many years and continues to evolve. It revolves

around redirecting my attention from negative thoughts to the sensations in my body.

What's astonishing is how quickly these emotions can move through us when we

allow them to, and how the mind chatter eases as a result. It's an ongoing work in

progress, but one that is undeniably transformative.

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