Fear and doubt stop us in our tracks.
We get queasy stomachs, feel anxious, and begin to think we can’t do what we dream of. We might tighten our shoulders and bring them up towards our heads. We might stop breathing fully so that only a small portion of our lungs are being used. We may want to sleep or cry or yell and hit some inanimate object. We feel disempowered. We are unhappy.
The point is that we can feel these emotions in our bodies. Even if we can’t quite pinpoint the emotion we are feeling, if we listen and pay attention to how our bodies feel, we receive clues to what our emotions are.
What happens if we center in our bodies and deliberately change the way it feels? If we consciously lower our shoulders and lift our heads up at the same time? If we consciously take bigger breaths and feel our bellys moving as we draw in a deep breath. If we drop our chins to our chests and suddenly notice that we are stretching out the back of our necks? If we unclench our jaws?
Our bodies relax a bit. Our focus changes. We step back from what is bothering us. Maybe things aren’t quite so bad after all. Doubt recedes a bit. Fear lessens.
Fear and doubt can be reminders to stop the vicious circle. Reminders to breathe. Reminders to get into your body.
Let your body help you to achieve another perspective.
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