Today I am learning to listen, to my body, to my heart, and to others. It’s been said that we can’t learn anything new when we are talking, well, I just don’t believe that. Often times when I am speaking it ends up being something that I need to hear. But more often than not, to learn something new, I need to be listening to another person speaking, and pay attention.
Today I am learning to listen to my body. With the setbacks I have had recently, and the need to listen to and respond in kind to what my body is telling me, my level of commitment to being in tune with my body has skyrocketed. There are the basics: when hungry, eat; tired, sleep; lonely, find someone to talk to; angry, pause before taking action.
Being in tune with my body means that I pay attention to what it needs, especially when it comes to exercise. There is something to be said to ‘push through the pain’ and ‘no pain, no gain’, but when there is real pain, that’s my body saying ‘hey dumbass, there’s something wrong here, STOP!’ So I am learning to walk that fine line between the pain that is good for growth and the kind that can cause long term damage.
Today I am learning to listen to my heart. My heart wants to be loved, nurtured, cared for. And in order to get that, I need to give it to me. If I want to find more love in my life, I need to find more ways to love others. If I want to feel nurtured, I need to seek out ways to nurture others, and to do so without expectation of result. Just do it for the sake of doing it. This is how I will find that which I seek to make my heart feel satisfied and cared for.
Today I am learning to listen to others. It’s kind of funny to me, in certain situations I am really good at it. When on sales calls with my reps, I listen to what clinicians say (and what they aren’t saying) and cater my responses to their needs. I listen very carefully. But when it comes to friends, family or other loved ones, I tend to think I already know what they are going to say, and start formulating my next response before they are five words into their communication. Needless to say, this can cause problems.
So just for today, I will focus on listening for effectively to: my body, my heart, and others.