Our bodies are so powerful, and sometimes with all of our busyness it’s so easy to forget to pay attention to what they are telling us. I know I definitely take my body for granted and ignore it much of the time.
But about a month ago, something happened that I just couldn’t ignore: my thumb started twitching. It began very gradually where it was barely noticeable. And each day, it got progressively worse. It even would twitch so much that it started waking me up at night. I would look at it while it was twitching and feel completely powerless. I had no idea what was happening with my body, and I didn’t know how to fix it. I started looking into possible causes, which definitely isn’t a good route to go down for someone who is prone to anxiety. I increased my vitamins, spent more time in the sun, and made sure I drank a green smoothie every day. But still, it continued getting worse. It went from a mild twitch to an almost constant spasm. And I was really starting to worry.
Thankfully, in the midst of the worrying, my soul managed to take control. It asked my fear to step aside for a moment and let me know that I was okay. It let me know that nothing horrible was happening to me, it was just my body’s way of dealing with fear – really intense fear that I’d been doing my best to ignore and push down.
At the same time the twitching started, something really big in my professional life happened: I found out that I was going to be a columnist for Beliefnet.com. (My new column, Heart of the Soul, starts very soon – I’ll definitely share it with you when it goes live!)
I’m really excited about this column, and I’m truly honored to join their family. But, my old programming kicked in almost immediately and took all of my joy away. I began to wonder if I would be able to handle such a level of commitment to write soulfully. What if I couldn’t come up with any new material? What if it was just too much for me? How was I going to handle that many people seeing me and reading my words? For someone who is still getting comfortable with stepping into this public world, knowing that my writing would now be on a site with millions of readers, I began to freak out.
And it came out through my body – through my thumb. All of that fear of not being able to handle it and worrying if I was good enough and wondering if I was truly ready for this big of a leap needed to come out. And it ended up coming out through an annoying twitch.
What’s really interesting is that once I realized this and began to acknowledge my fear, the twitching started to dissipate. Once I started talking about my fearful feelings and getting them out of my body, there was no longer a reason for my thumb to twitch. Once I stepped into my own power and faced my insecurities and fears, I began to once again get excited about this opportunity rather than feel afraid of it and overwhelmed by it.
I remembered that we are never given anything that we aren’t ready for and that we can’t handle. I remembered that I am constantly surrounded by a team here on Earth and in the angel realm who support me and love me. I remembered that I am so strong. And I remembered that taking action is one of the best ways to push fear aside (at least for me).
Because I was now going to be seen by a much bigger audience, I wanted to feel great about my headshot. (The one I had been using was from almost four years ago when my life was much different. I wasn’t spiritual at all – I hadn’t woken up yet. It just didn’t feel right in my soul to have that image go out into the world.) But… I was terrified of having a new headshot done. I wanted to wait until I looked how I wanted to look: straighter teeth, not as tired, etc. However, the universe’s time table and my time table are frequently very different. And so I knew that it was time for a new picture, whether I felt ready or not. I scheduled a photo shoot with a local photographer, which ended up being such a freeing and opening experience for me – filled with tons of tears and breakthroughs.
If you’ve ever struggled with your self image, you know how intimidating having your picture taken can be. And so this was a huge step for me to let myself know that I’m truly ready to shine light on myself and open my heart to the entire world. And seeing the pictures felt amazing – she did an amazing job of bringing my light forward, and I’m so grateful for her. (If you would like to see more of them, you can click here.)
I now feel like I’m ready for this opportunity. I’ve gone through my own old programming and landed in a soulful, faith-filled space, which feels really wonderful.
I’m so grateful that my body lovingly created this twitch to help wake me up and make the time to connect with my soul, examine my fears, and bring them to the light. I am so grateful that I am back on track – saying yes to life and tapping into my inner wisdom to help me along this journey.
It’s normal to get off track. Our bodies are here to help us get back on. But here’s the thing: we have to pay attention to them. We have to listen to what they’re trying to tell us. If we’re too busy and moving too fast, we may miss their subtle messages. And the messages may get bigger and bigger until we finally stop and pay attention.
I know that we’ve all experienced moments in our life where our body was speaking to us. And I’m sure many of us waited until the message was almost unbearable before we listened and took action. I sure am guilty of this. Think about when you get the message that you really should rest. But, you think about all of the things you need to do, and you keep going. And most likely, after you do this a few times, you end up coming down with a cold – forcing you to rest.
I’m learning that my life flows much more easily if I pay attention when the messages are small rather than waiting for them to become bigger. It’s definitely a process, but I believe that it starts with being conscious of wanting to begin a relationship with our bodies – treat them with respect and honor what they are telling us. From there, you become a team rather than being in constant opposition.
What is your body telling you right now? To slow down? Drink more? Pay attention to an emotion? Exercise? Feel more joy? Love yourself a little bit more?
I would love for all of us to give ourselves some space each day to check in with our bodies and listen – really listen – to what they are saying. And then act on whatever it is that they need us to do.
This relationship will be with you for as long as you’re living and breathing, and I’m starting to see that it’s time I began making it easier on my body. We’re not at war – it’s not the enemy. We’re in this beautiful, amazing life together. And that feels pretty great.
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