Your Body Compass

Posted on March 10, 2011

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Inside each of us is our own infallible compass. It is constantly telling us if we are moving towards our best life or if we are moving away from it. This incredible tool is called our Body Compass.

Regardless of how hard our lizards may try to overtake our brains with fear, the Body Compass, peacefully, and consistently, gives us messages about the choices we make.

If you think back to some extreme events in your life (both positive and negative), it will be easy for you to see how your Body Compass was communicating with you.

Remember a time you were really anxious about something? Your stomach was probably knotted up, it may have been hard for you to breathe easily and your hands or knees may have been shaking. Remember a time something extremely great happened to you? Your chest probably felt open and free, your arms and legs may have felt flexible and light, the muscles in your face may have deeply relaxed.

Whether it is an extreme physical feeling or a subtle one, your Body Compass is always communicating with you. If you’re ready to makeover your life (and if you’re reading this blog you probably are), your Body Compass will know what changes you need to make. All you have to do is start accessing it.

The brief activity below will help you get in touch with both the positive and the negative messages from your Body Compass.

Step 1: First, fill in the blanks below. Don’t be afraid of being honest.

A. Two people you really can’t stand: _______1_______ & _______2________.

B. A place you hate to go: ________________________________.

C. Something you dread doing: ____________________________.

Step 2: Insert your answers into the following paragraph. Then read the complete paragraph to yourself.

You’ve just been summoned to live in the rest of your life in __B__. You also had to take a job doing __C___ and getting paid very little to do it, barely enough to survive. Just when you think things can’t get any worse, you realize that you’ll have to spend your days with __A1__ & __A2__.

Step 3: Now that you’ve completed your paragraph, read it to yourself and watch the sensations that arise in your physical body. How does your chest feel? How does your stomach feel? How do your arms and legs feel? Are there any other obvious physical sensations? Take note of them. Give this cluster of negative sensations a name specific to your experience with them.

Step 4: What you felt while reading that paragraph is how you feel when your Body Compass reads “negative.” In other words, when you have sensations similar in any capacity to the physical sensations you just had, you are moving in the wrong direction. Stop immediately!

Ready for something a bit more fun?

Step 1: First, complete the list below:

A. Two people who make you feel happy, supported and energized: _______1_______ & _______2________.

B. A place you love to go or visit: ________________________________.

C. Something you lose track of time doing: ____________________________.

Step 2: Insert your answers into the following paragraph. Then read the complete paragraph to yourself.

You’ve just been summoned to live in the rest of your life in __B__. You also just took a job doing  __C___ and you’re getting paid a lot to do it, more than you ever thought possible. Just when you think things can’t get any better, you realize that you get to spend unlimited time with __A1__ & __A2__.

Step 3: Now that you’ve completed your paragraph, read it to yourself and watch the sensations that arise in your physical body. How does your chest feel? How does your stomach feel? How do your arms and legs feel? Are there any other obvious physical sensations? Take note of them.

Step 4: What you feel right now is how you feel when your Body Compass reads “positive.” In other words, when you have sensations similar in any capacity to the physical sensations you had while reading that paragraph, you are moving in the right direction. For Pete’s sake, keep going! You’re on the path to your best life.

Now for some homework…

Because the Body Compass may be a bit difficult to access, especially at first, practice feeling out places, people and things you do over the next few days to get into the habit. I often have clients carry around a pocket notebook and jot down if they feel positive or negative after interacting with someone, doing an activity or visiting a place.

After a couple weeks of daily practice, soon you’ll be completely in touch with your own, inner guide and will be able to use this tool to start making necessary changes.

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