Becoming body aware helps you learn how to trust your body and its ability to resolve what lays beneath the surface
Emotions are normal and natural. They are meant to be felt, processed, and metabolized at the moment they happen. However, when you experience trauma, the normal process of expressing emotion can be shut down, trapping your response and emotion inside your body. It becomes body memory.
If left unprocessed, it sits there, in your body, it becomes the filter from which you view and orientate to the world.
Before your Hippocampus (the part of your brain that helps you store and organize memory) comes fully online, your experiences store as body memory. If you experienced any childhood trauma, this is especially helpful for you.
Attuning into your body so that you can identify what you are feeling and where you are feeling it, is pivotal to healing, especially healing trauma.
If your usual response to emotion is to shut them down, they are still sitting in your body. Stuffing emotions doesn’t make them go away; it just delays the healing.
The goal of becoming body aware is to acknowledge the emotion and make space for it to be felt, expressed, and then metabolized. Our bodies are brilliant and know how to move emotions through it. However, most often, we shut it down, afraid of the feeling or of becoming unraveled.
Becoming body aware helps you learn how to trust your body and its ability to resolve what lays beneath the surface.
I have created a few exercises for you to start getting familiar with your body and how it stores emotion. You will soon see how capable you are of identifying, sitting with, and then resolving your stored emotions.
Once you learn this skill and see how powerful you are, this process becomes instinctual. You will become a pro at understanding how you store emotions in your body and how to move them out. You will also be better able to process emotions at the moment they happen, so they don’t get stored in your body.
As you move through these:
Focus on the question or statement and allow it to bring up an emotion connected to a memory.
Focus on your breath and find where that emotion is sitting in your body.
Ask your body where it is, and then listen.
Your body’s answer may be as subtle as you suddenly get an impression or a thought of a particular body part. Trust it; this is your body talking to you.
Once you know this, you can understand how it feels, where it lay, and how and when it shifts.
You may realize that maybe for the first time, you are in a safe place to sit with the emotion for a moment. There is no emotion more significant than your ability to find a resolution for it.
Relax into it and allow yourself to feel it in your body.
Place your hand on that place in your body, then place another hand on your heart.
If the emotion sits in your heart, place both hands there.
Sit with it, allow compassion to come into your hand sitting on your heart. Then visualize sending it to the other place your hand lay. Allow compassion to go into that place.
Sit with it until it feels softer, lighter.
Do this as long as you need to.
Sometimes, those emotions are heavy and need to be physically released.
Perhaps go for a brisk walk and visualize leaving the energy of the emotion in your footprints on the ground.
Perhaps go for a run and visualizing the energy of the emotion leaving your body.
You can also rock back and forth, allowing yourself to ugly cry for the first time. You will notice that you feel lighter as the tears flow and snot runs.
Perhaps take a dance or challenging yoga class.
There are infinite ways you can metabolize the energy of emotion. Your body and your intuition is the best guide to follow.
Memories trigger emotion, emotions are energy, get the energy moving, and you have a new relationship with that memory.
Our bodies play along with us. It keeps our secrets and holds our emotions to protect us. If you are reading this, it’s safe to assume your body is challenging you to resolve what you have been holding.
We magnify our emotions by fearing them. When they remain in us, stuck in our bodies, we imagine them more significant than the perfection of our body’s mechanisms to live, survive, and thrive.
Once we lean in, learn to trust our ability to process and move these emotions, we realize how perfect our internal systems are. They work for us, not in spite of us.
Shifting your internal conversations from, “I can’t feel this or I’ll fall apart.” to “I was created with a perfect emotional regulatory system,” takes you from surviving to empowered healing.
Download my free workbook, Your Body Holds Your Mother Wound. It’s packed with exercises to help you create the body awareness that is pivotal to Mother Wound healing.
If anything in this post resonated with you, book a consultation with me, and let’s talk about it.