Our body is a wealthy depository of wisdom, strategies and skill. Beyond cognitive intelligence (IQ), we all have physical (PQ), emotional (EQ) and spiritual (SQ) intelligence.
This magnificent body we occupy knows how to do so much on its own with no command or control from us and, you must admit, it does it rather well. Breathing, digesting, pumping blood just as starters; it also knows how to acquire, categorize, store and retrieve information. Information such as…how we do ‘success’, ‘confidence’ and ‘happiness’; as well as how we do ‘failure’, ‘worry’ and ‘sorrow’.
Earlier this evening, after a long training day and a coaching call, a bit jet-lagged still from my trip to Amsterdam, somewhat melancholic over a personal issue and still in my working clothes I reached for my iPod and went for a walk and some much needed fresh air. At first I was walking slowly, hands in pockets, stiff arms close to my torso and my head tilted down. I was in a meditative state which ‘inadvertently’ turned into a sense of sadness and overwhelm. Serendipitously, my playlist selected an upbeat song which prompted me to walk rhythmically to its tempo. My hands came out of my pockets, arms now loosely close and flexible and my head up straight with a slight tilt back pointing the chin forward.
At one point I somehow became aware that my mood had shifted and dramatically improved. Of Course! This is exactly how I walk when I feel really confident or successful about anything…I’d recognize that walk anywhere. And immediately it also dawned on me that when I am down and feeling out of sorts I also walk like I was previously during my meditative state. We can ‘magically’ change our state of being with a simple conscious shift of bodily posture and/or gesture.
Pay attention and observe how your body feels, looks and behaves during your various emotional states and make a record of it for future use. Notice what happens when you stand up and strike that Super Heroe pose for a few minutes…is there a change in how you feel? How are you using your body to improve your personal life experience? Please share your thoughts, ideas and/or questions. I look forward to hearing from you.