Going Where The Energy Is: Expansion or Contraction?

Do you notice which things give you a feeling of lightness and expansion, and which give you feelings of limitation and contraction?

I can feel this acutely in my body, if I'm tuned in enough to listen to it. Certain thoughts will create a tightness, which for me usually indicates fear and resistance, and others will create a more positive, dynamic energy of expansion and opportunity.

Lots of people use this 'listening to the body' as a way to make decisions and clarify issues where they're feeling stuck. Have you ever tried it, and how well does it work for you?

One way to practice this way of intuitive knowing is through embodied breathwork. I try and start by becoming aware of my breathing, concentrating on my inhales and exhales rather than my mind chatter. I literally picture my attention dropping from my head to my heart, and try to tune into listening to my heartbeat, even if it's subtle.

Once I feel calm and connected, I can start to consciously think about the ideas and topics I'm searching for clarity on. If the thought of a certain person or project makes me recoil and put up my defences, this is telling me something. Equally, if the thought of something leaves me feeling open and ready for growth, I can feel ready to run with it.

You might have to try a few times before you start to notice the subtle cues and changes in your body's instinctive reaction, but now I've learned to do this it feels like a really powerful tool to have.

Let me know how you get on in the linked Instagram post, or message me directly.