Success is a subjective term, and the process of defining success often includes segmenting different areas of our lives to create goals and a vision for success in each area. You may have a vision of success for your health, for your relationships, career, and maybe your spiritual life. For each one of these areas of your life, you may have goals or milestones you want to reach or a way that you want to feel to “be successful” in the different areas of your lives.
However, envisioning success by dissecting our lives into different areas can create conflict between one’s goals when success in one area requires the sacrifice of success in another area. The quintessential example of this is the conflict between health, family, and career success, where one aspect compromises the success of another. I often work with ambitious, high performing women who have developed and achieved their vision of success for their career, but their success at work causes issues with their health, their overall happiness, or their relationships.
Clients often come to me to deal with health problems; chronic pain patterns that have cropped up, or an overall sense of ongoing stress. Stress that is impairing full enjoyment of their lives, their sleep, and overall well being. Creating success in the area of their health often involves assessing how their vision of “success” at work is compromising their overall health and well being. And usually, feeling better requires reinventing their measure of success and learning to place their body and well being in the center of how they design their lives.
When progress in one area compromises your health, tapping into the wisdom of the body is a useful practice to help create a new path towards holistic success.
What is the wisdom of the body?
The wisdom of the body is the information that we get from our physical experience about what will lead to balance, health, and well being. It is the holistic sense we get from our bodies as to what is out of alignment, and what is in alignment for us. It is our pain receptors that tell us when we are physically out of alignment and the gut intuition that tells us when something is or isn’t in alignment. It is a sense of expansion or contraction that we feel in our bodies that tell us whether we want to move towards or away from an opportunity. Our bodies are intelligent systems designed to maintain balance and health on all levels. How our bodies feel and the information that we get from it can be a measure and tool for us. It can help us choose the right pathways and opportunities that will yield holistic success that feels good.
How to tap into the wisdom of the body as a holistic success tool.
- What is the tension telling you?
- What can you do (or stop doing) to release the tension and create more ease and relaxation in this area of your life?