When it comes to our bodies our brains do some very interesting things. Everything that happens to us in this life is registered and remembered by our bodies, by our cells. Even if it happened prior to conscious memory, our bodies remember. This can produce odd and sometimes perplexing reactions later in life, reactions that control us on some level.
It can be a very complex labyrinth in trying to figure it all out, try figuring out why we react in various ways. I keep saying react and not act because as I have said before, everything we do is a reaction to something else. Let me list a few of the countless examples:
- Getting out of bed = cortisol increases and we are no longer comfortable laying down
- Eating = we are either physically hungry, in need of emotional comfort or stimulation
- Making Love = chemical releases creating emotional and physical responses, desires and needs
- Talking = emotional desires to express vocally
- Building a garden = again emotional desires to create, connect with elements, perhaps a primal desire to insure food
- Thinking about writing a letter = thought is a response of chemical reaction in the brain from pure energy, thought itself is merely a reaction of something more primal and pure
In essence it all comes down to chemical releases from some kind of stimulation that in-turn generates some sort of desire. The action is always a response to what happened prior to stimulate the movement.
When it comes to our bodies we are riddled with various sized and depth triggers that elicit our actions (reactions), feelings, thoughts and life path. One way we can start to brush the surface of discovering what exists where and try to meander in the direction of the reasons is to question. There are many questions that we can ask ourselves on this topic, but the following are a few that are fairly level across the board with most people I think. Keep in mind these pertain to how we feel emotionally, mentally and physically.
- What parts of my body do I like having touched and how does it make me feel when they are
- What parts of my body do I not like being touched and how does it make me feel when they are
- What parts of my body do I hide from view and how does it make me feel if they are seen
- What parts of my body make me happy emotionally and why
- What parts of my body make me happy mentally and why
- What parts of my body make me happy physically and why
- What parts of my body do I fear and why
- What parts of my body do I not understand
- What parts of my body disgust me and why
- What parts of my body shame me and why
- What parts of my body attract me and why
- What parts of my body do I want others to see and why
- What parts of my body do I tend to care for more and why
- What parts of my body make me feel strong
- What parts of my body make me feel weak
We can all cater these questions to our own lives, but for the most part they are very basic and can be asked by just about anyone. The key of course is to answer truthfully. If we ask our self a question and then lie about the answer we obviously get nowhere. However, if we ask these questions genuinely and make them visceral and answer as truthfully and completely as we can, then they become a powerful self discovery tool for our self healing path. No answer is useless and you might find many are layered.
As we transform, our answers will also transform and so working this Q&A with our self every so often can continue to yield useful information. At first it may dig up more surface things and then more deep and primal connections. As we transform our answers may then become more directional as to our continuing path through life.
Give it a try. Make a log of your answers if you wish so you do not forget them. Later you can use that log if you wish as a progression marker and pat yourself on the back for all the great work you have done! 🙂