I so agree, but it takes time and practice to learn to tune in to the gut and tune out the brain.
Meditation practice works really well to help slow down that chattering brain enough to become aware of the messages the rest of the body is sending us.
They are there.
All we need to do is listen.
I don't practice meditation every day, but I do it at least once a week and just that small practice time has given me so much more awareness of my thoughts and the state of relaxation (or otherwise) of my muscles during my waking hours. It's nothing short of amazing to me that this isn't taught to us all as children. It's so simple but also amazingly effective for so many reasons, but especially at helping me to relax even in the most stressful of moments.
And for me it's not the gut at all; it's usually a feeling of tightness in my left calf muscle that tells me that something is up and I need to watch out. I look out for that feeling everytime I weigh up options and decisions or need to determine how I really feel about something. It's weird, but it's never failed me yet.......
A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson.
He said, “There are two wolves fighting inside all of us – the wolf of fear and hate, and the wolf of love and peace.”
The grandson listened, then looked up at his grandfather and asked, “Which one will win?”
The grandfather replied, “The one we feed.”
I find it amazing how when we put words in a certain order they can become something beautiful or inspiring.
Here are a few words that spoke to me recently:
"The soul is dyed the colour of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become."
- Heraclitus (Greek philosopher, circa 535 – 475 BC)
There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down
and lifting people up.
- John Holmes
Sometimes I like to think that, one day, I'm going to change the world.
Make a great contribution somehow.
But maybe the only thing I can do is just be the best person I can be.
And maybe that would be enough.......
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.