A few days ago I picked up an old journal. Inside I found an entry about wanting to pay closer attention to my body and promises that I would practice more self-care. The shift in my relationship with my body from that time to this is quite apparent. Self-care one of my personal core values. But, I crave a connection that is even deeper. I crave more peace, less doubt. I crave a level of understanding and interaction that can only come from a practice of listening to the wisdom my body offers.
This idea isn’t new to me. Over the last several months, I have been preparing to make this shift along with a dear friend of mine and dedicated blogger, Jessica from Hearth Roots. Mine and Jessica’s friendship has been centered around body wisdom from its very beginnings. She was my dance instructor, and I, her massage therapist. Several months ago we started seriously considering how to get the same level of connection with our bodies that we had in the good old days, when we were dancing regularly, when we were both wrapped up in finding a life mate, when we were discovering who we were as women.
We each wanted to tap into our body and seek it’s guidance and direction for the journey it wanted to lead. We named our shared adventure the Body Wisdom Project. It begins today, on the first New Moon of the New Year.
We have chosen a word to guide the Moonth’s focus: LISTEN. As the Moon makes its way from darkness to full light, we will discover what it means to listen to the body and what the body wants us to know as we listen. We will each share parts of our journey and lessons with you on our blogs and on a website we are creating as a sort of sacred meeting space for anyone interested in joining us in the Body Wisdom Project.
New Body Wisdom Moon: Listening
I close my eyes.
All around me are the swarms of life among which my body exists.
The rat-a-tat-tat of a game played in the next room,
neighbors or perhaps even strangers talking in the street in the middle of the night,
the cold, wet air of Winter seeping in from under the pier and beams.
Slight, sweet taste of pecan from dinner contrasts
the uneasy ache of restless nights that hibernates between my shoulders.
What does it mean to listen?
My awareness turns to the body.
Are the senses part of the body?
Those are the intelligence gathering agents between body and the world it lives in.
Separate. But related.
What does the body have to say tonight?
Breathe in peace.
Rest in the breath.
Dance with the breath.
Know that you are the breath and the body.
You are the knowing.
When you show up to the body’s wisdom,
You are showing up to YOU.
With gratitude for the listening….