Listening to my Exhausted Body

by Carmel Reid, BEng DMS CertEd MCMI, Somerset, UK

When I was a teenager I used to cycle to school; it was a pleasant journey of around three miles through some beautiful countryside on the edge of suburbia in Surrey.

One day as I was going along, I suddenly realised I had no idea how I had cycled the last mile or so. It scared me – I’d obviously been thinking about something else and I resolved there and then never to drive a car – I mean, just how dangerous could that be if I did the same thing?

Well, of course I learned to drive, and guess what? I do it time and time again. Sometimes I find myself thinking about work, or some major issue in my life.

Over the years I have had the occasional accident – no one else hurt, just the vehicles involved, my pride and in one case, my neck with a whiplash injury. When I think back on each occasion I had been in a particular state of euphoria, feeling good about myself – or the opposite, very angry about something, or upset. In an emotional state of distraction and not driving with full attention. It’s time to stop doing that.

I used to pride myself on my intelligence, my ability to learn and my ability to think and organise things. I used to think while swimming lengths at my local swimming pool or walking around the countryside.

In parallel with all of this, I was a sugar-holic – I ate anything that was sweet – with loads of bread and carbohydrates: I drank tea, coffee, sweet drinks, fruit juice and alcohol.

Through the lectures presented by Serge Benhayon, I came to understand that my sugar cravings were because I was exhausted. I was living three lives in one day.

(1) There were the physiological responses due to my emotional reactions

(2) There was tension due to my thinking about past or future events

(3) There was the energy I was using doing whatever I was doing at the time.

No wonder I was exhausted!

Changing my way of living is a work in progress. So far I have cut out all of the alcohol and sugar, have considerably reduced the carbohydrate intake, particularly gluten, and am developing my awareness of how I spend my body’s energy. I still crave sweet things, so I eat fruit and some carbohydrates, but am aware that this is a symptom of my body’s exhaustion.

I still think of something else while I’m doing many things, but am becoming more aware of what’s going on. I am beginning to feel how much all the sugary stuff stops me from feeling my body, and as I reduce the amount I eat, the awareness increases.

I have been inspired by Serge Benhayon, the esoteric practitioners and many of my fellow students. My body will tell me the rest, as and when I choose to listen!

150 thoughts on “Listening to my Exhausted Body

  1. Listening to our body without being critical of ourselves is super important. It makes the listening a whole lot easier.

  2. You make a great point of how being caught in an emotional state disconnects us from being aware of how we are moving, the quality in which we are moving and how are movements are affecting our body, being and ultimately those around us. As when we are in an emotional state what is the quality moving us, for it is no longer love and therefore no longer honouring of who we are or who we all are. Thank you Carmel, for sharing the value of developing a loving and honouring relationship with our connection to our body.

  3. It is when my focus changes and I start overthinking in my mind that I read and appreciate the signs from my body showing me that I have chosen to move against my own natural flow and rhythm that naturally holds and supports me the more I am fully present with myself. The more I appreciate the wisdom I hold within my body and honour how I am feeling the less I want to checkout in my mind.

    1. This is true, the more we pay attention to what our bodies are telling us, the ‘conversation’ simply increases, we listen more and our bodies respond with enthusiasm. It is a whole new way of living for many of us who have spent lifetimes running in our heads.

  4. Something I am discovering that causes me further exhaustion is taking on other people’s stuff. I am learning to ‘observe and not absorb’ but keep catching myself wanting to help people make decisions for their own well being. I need to learn the art of patience – everyone is responsible for themselves, not me, and they will come to it in their own time, when they are ready and I have to accept that might not be in my lifetime.

  5. Distraction comes from Latin distractio “a pulling apart, separating.” When we pull apart from the body, there is no way to listen to it. It has to hit us hard so we comeback from our time in separation of ourselves.

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