So much can be revealed to us when we listen to the language of our body, it is always speaking, sending us messages through the way we move, the sensations that arise from within, and the gestures and expressions that we make when we are communicating with others. Tuning in to the language of our body can be very enlightening, it is believed that the body never lies, and that if we want to know the truth about ourselves and others, then we should listen to what our bodies have to say.
General body language has key elements which we can identify with it – for example anyone who has ever flirted with someone they are attracted to has probably, at one point in time or another, brushed their hands through their hair or found themselves leaning forward to get closer to that person. Someone feeling defensive may tend to cross their arms over their chest, while a person who wants to withhold something may look away when speaking.
The body language we are talking about here goes deeper than this to a space where your body is actually speaking to you – sometimes yet to be confused with intuition. If you want to know how you truly feel about a person or a situation, then it is a good idea to tune in to what you are feeling inside; excitement, nervousness, anxiety, and fear are just some of the messages that your body wants you to hear – and it tends to be very reliable compass. Anyone who has ever been somewhere they don’t want to be has probably experienced their bodies trying to move them away from that particular circumstance. While it can be very easy to talk ourselves into and out of choices we may make with our minds, as we begin to listen more and become more in tune with ourselves, it isn’t so easy to change the truth of our hearts and that which resides within ourselves.
It is a subtle yet powerful form of communication, and to start taking the time to notice what your body is telling you is an art that we can all master, greet each feeling or sensation as a message carrying wisdom from your body. Tune in to what your body is telling you about the situations and people you encounter and listen to what others are communicating to you through their bodies. Listen without judgment or reaction but rather with curiosity as to what is being felt, sensed or heard internally – we have to be open and sensitive in our hearing in order to ensure the message being communicated is not from our mind and pre determined thoughts or judgements but is from our instinctual body deciphering the messages it is receiving. We already are subconsciously receptive to the language of our bodies, but when we choose to consciously pay attention, we hear and understand so much more about ourselves and the people around us.