The words we choose in our thinking, our speech and our writing, impact on how we feel and our overall well being.

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Have you ever noticed how a word can bring up a certain feeling inside of you? A sensation, a thought or an emotion?

Choosing a word that connects with your heart and soul can be not only uplifting, but also brings physical well being.

If you have a few moments, let’s explore.

Take your time as you connect to each of the words below. Go slowly. You can say them out loud:

Love
Tender
Soothing
Joy
Cuddle
Grateful
Smile
Gentle
Pause here and close your eyes. What is alive in you in this moment? Is there a warmth, softening, a feeling of tenderness or love perhaps? How is your breathing? Are you smiling? (me too) Notice how these words manifest themselves in your mind body and spirit.

pauseNow take a deep breath and take the same time connecting to each of these words:
Irritated
Ugly
Mean
Wrong
Frustrated
Cruel
Unfair
Bad
Pause here and close your eyes. What is alive in you in this moment? Is there tension or constriction or heaviness perhaps? How is your breathing? Notice how these words manifest themselves in your mind body and spirit.

pauseIn general when it is a word associated with lack, dis-ease, suffering or violence, our body responds by becoming tense, our breath shallows and there is resistance.

In western medicine when there is resistance in our body it leads to inflammation, and increases our level of stress. These are both proven factors for ill health.

I believe in western medicine, and I also believe in that when there is constriction and tension our life energy contracts as well, and a part of inner state becomes blocked. This impacts our emotional and physical wellness.

In yoga, when the life energy (prana) is blocked it can be released with postures, breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation. In Chinese medicine these blockages in Qi can be released through acupuncture.

pause and listen to your body

No matter what we believe in our minds, our body has its own kind of intelligence.

Listen to your body’s wisdom.

Be mindful of your thoughts and your words. Your body is always listening.

45 comments on “Listen to Your Body – its Listening to You

  1. “No matter what we believe in our minds, our body has its own kind of intelligence.” Love this, Val. Thank you!

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  2. I’ve been having many health issues, Val, and it’s been a real “trial” to keep my thoughts from falling into fear. Even though I have disciplined myself to think the Higher Thoughts, I’m still human. Keep on shining, and getting the truth out. Bless you!! XO

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    • Thank you dear Amy. You have been going through so much. My heart goes out to you ❀️ Please be careful of angry words that come to your mind, especially when you are hurting. Our bodies need compassion and kindness to heal. xo

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      • You’ve certainly got that correct, Val. I do feel anger at times that this body won’t “behave” no matter what I do. As my sis reminded me, focus on how far you have come! And I have! Bless you for your kindness!! xo

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  3. Good post.. Relevant in today’s time!

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  4. While reading your great post today Val, I view again, that nothing is a coincidence. I started yesterday re-reading The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz and on Jose Ruiz. I do clearly see, what words can do to us. What is truth and not.
    While I have been fighting with my health and still do, I try my best to doubt earlier teaching to understand better.
    Your positive words made me smile too ❀

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    • Thank you so much Irene πŸ’• There is more healing beyond conventional medicine. May you find the love and spirit of the Ruiz’s uplifting and nourishing.
      I met Don Miguel when he spoke at a coaching conference. He has such a healing and loving presence. He took time afterwards to simply give people a hug. It was transformational for me. Ever since, I take time to give a hug if someone wants one.
      Sending one your way Irene πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ’•

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      • Thank you Val. I have read several of his books and I like those. I ended the book today, it was second time to read this one. Very uplifting.
        Beautiful experience, as you had.
        Huge hug on your way too, Val ❀

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  5. Your words are always mindful, and come along always to wake us up to ourselves Val..
    This morning I was listening to Bruce Lipton, whom I am sure you are aware of… Learning to retrain our minds most certainly can heal our bodies..

    Sending love your way dear Val.. and thank you for showing the way … ❀

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  6. switching on
    happy energy πŸ™‚

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  7. I remember the day I woke up to the power of a word to create a feeling, sensation, experience in my body and mind…and life has never quite been the same since. Thank you for a lovely and powerful post, Val.

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  8. wonderful post, Val. Clearly, words matter!

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  9. Lovely exercise Val. thank you! and yes, words matter, a lot! ❀

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    • Thanks Louise❣️ I notice a lot of peeps call themselves β€œstupid” and imagine their sense of self cringing and their body contracting.

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  10. I often envision my cells as little children listening with rapt attention to every word I think and say, and like little kids, they absorb every one. Best to feed them only the most positive! ❀

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  11. Beautiful practical wisdom Val . Words have a powerful vibration and memory in our body! πŸ’•πŸ’š

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    • Thank you dear Karen. I have such a visceral reaction in my body as well as in my mind to the words of the US President. I’m pretty sure I am not the only one!
      On a different note my nephew and his new wife are soon heading to Brisbane to live for at least 6 months. I am excited for them!! Living overseas is one of the best personal growth experience! Australia is a great choice πŸ’›

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      • I think most people have a reaction to that man Val!! 😁 That’s wonderful news for your nephew and his wife. We have such beautiful weather here and amazing beaches not far from Brisbane. Come over and visit him! ✈️✈️ I would love to catch up with you Val πŸ’šπŸ’•

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  12. A wise article, as always, Val. Your posts are always so uplifting! Will be back tomorrow to hopefully finish catching up with you. ❀️

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  13. I often repeat the thought: Love & Gratitude. I notice an immediate feeling of peace.

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  14. How true, our thoughts become our words and our words create our destiny and who we become.They often say you are what you eat well, you are also what you think and say. Great post.

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  15. You demonstrate so well how our body is actually impacted by the thoughts we have! You use really helpful exercises to support this important claim very well! I also write about the importance of acknowledging the mind-body connection in my own blog posts from the perspective of positive psychology. I believe that this can help people live more meaningful and fulfilling lives. Feel free to check it out and leave any contributions that you would like to the content. Great informative post on how the mind impacts the physiological processes of the body!

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  16. I missed this gem when you posted it, happy I found it today! ❀

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  17. Yesss definitely true I love thisss

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