This is about learning how to pay attention to the nudges, hunches and feelings.
If this is feeling a little woo-woo for you, I ask you to please hold-off from, “No, I don’t think so. That’s not for me.” We’re practicing an open mind here.
You have two resources for The Body Compass. In each, I explain why and how to use your Body Compass, and I guide you through the calibration. Sweetheart, it’s worth it.
To calibrate your body’s compass, you have two options:
PDF: The Body Compass (reminder, this will download much better on your desktop computer)
AUDIO: The Body Compass
With either resource, I encourage you to find a quiet place and take a few minutes for deep breathing before you begin. Here’s how the marvelous Martha Beck describes The Body Compass, a core component in her approach to life coaching.
“The body compass speaks through your physical body. So as you think of incredibly positive experiences in your life, you pay attention to how your body feels when you are having this experience. Then, you do the same for incredibly negative experiences. Everyone is different, but many people find the following physical reactions when they are pointed in a positive direction:
Open, full breathing
Relaxed muscles, especially in the shoulder and neck area
A feeling of lightness and openness in the head
When pointed in a negative direction, they find the following physical reactions:
muscle constriction in general, in the shoulder and neck area in particular
tightness or “pit” in stomach
headaches, inability to concentrate
With this information, when you are faced with tough decisions, you can use your physical feelings to guide you towards a good answer.”
I use my body’s compass, my internal GPS, everyday… pretty much all day long. After you have your “negative” and “positive” readings, pay attention to those nudges, sensations and feelings. You have a way to use your guide now, the guide you’ve always had within you. But now you know how to use it.