I invite you to recall a moment when you felt full of energy and like everything was working effortlessly.

Remember how you felt in your body. What did your lower body feel? Your upper body? Your face, neck, and head? What temperatures do you feel in your body? Is there a sense of constriction or openness? How’s your breathing? What else do you feel?

Now, recall a time when you were frustrated, afraid, or resistant. How did you feel in your body? What did your lower body feel? Your upper body? Your face, neck, and head? Is there a sense of constriction or openness? How’s your breathing? What else do you feel?

Slowly return to the first memory, noticing the subtle internal shifts.

When you come to a fork in the road on the path through life, our bodies offer sensations and emotions that indicate which direction is a yes, which is a no, and which is a maybe.

Like a tuning fork, our bodies say, matter-of-factly, “Don’t go that way. Go this way. Turn that way. Yup. Nope. Not yet. We need more information before moving forward. Yup. Nope.”

When moving in the direction of a yes, many people report may feel a sense of things lining up inside as if their bellies, hearts, and heads were in agreement with each other. They tell about losing track of time, experiencing a natural high, feeling energized and in the flow with life, or simply feeling a quiet warmth inside.

On the other hand, a no might feel irritable, tired, detached, bored, restless, uncertain, or just plain ugh.

A maybe might feel like not yet moving forward or backward and yet not being frozen, a slight lifting of the hands, a subtle curiosity, or other sensations.

Many people ignore their bodies because acknowledging what’s really going on inside can reveal that they need to turn their ship in the direction of the unfamiliar. For example, perhaps you once loved your job, but now you dread it. You know you need to make a change, but your inner Voice of Doubt clamors, “What if you never find another job as good? Things may be bad, but is it really worth giving up your income and benefits?”

Emotion is energy that wants to move through our bodies (think e-motion).

When we ignore our emotions, the energy doesn’t go away. Instead, it can feel stuck inside us and can begin to manifest as overwhelm, depression, anxiety, irritability, illness, pain, fatigue, burnout, and hopelessness.

When we learn to pay attention to our body’s messages, we gain information we need to make decisions that serve us, focus on what’s most important, progress toward our goals, and course-correct when necessary.

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