Connecting to a Body more Intelligent than the Mind

I have found that connecting to my body is as simple as making a choice to stop and do so. I allow myself to become aware of my breath and then to breathe gently, allowing my breath to return to its own natural rhythm. I often find myself focussing on feeling my lungs as they move gently with my breath and then it is easy to feel when events of the day, such as driving my car or pressures at work, have affected this natural rhythm. From here I can start to become aware of other parts of my body – my shoulders, arms, feet, back and how they are feeling – deepening the connection with my body; it is in this connection that the intelligence of the body is revealed.

This is an intelligence that inspires a deep love, care and honouring of myself, my body and others through a way of living that honours what the body knows before what the mind knows. I’ve come to know this as whole body intelligence. What I’ve discovered is that my body feels far more what supports it to be vital and healthy in life and relationships than anything I’ve ever read in books.

But this wasn’t always the case. For most of my life I’ve held the intelligence of the mind as the marker of success, enjoying and excelling in formal study, holding postgraduate degrees and working within academic research for the past twenty years. In the world of academia, intelligence is synonymous with knowledge and is linked to job security, prestige and power. The body comes a distant second to the mind and I have observed over the years the constant pushing of the body to meet deadlines; the vast amounts of coffee and/or caffeinated drinks consumed, often as a meal replacement; and a growing trend of chronic back pain and mental health issues amongst students and staff. I know myself that I gave my body little attention when studying, as I would focus only on getting an assignment finished on time or getting good grades.

You could say I was absent from my body, paying little or no attention to any physical sensations or signs from my body. For example, I can’t count the number of times I would find myself sitting in the same spot for hours, engrossed in some task, only to finally stop, move and then become aware of my numb backside and the tension in my shoulders. Another example would be eating while reading a book or watching TV, only noticing you’ve eaten too much and are feeling bloated when your plate is empty AND you haven’t even tasted the food. It seems that pain and discomfort quickly bring us back to being present in our body.

It has to be asked though, what kind of intelligence is OK with allowing the body to reach such a state of discomfort, pain and disharmony? Is that really intelligent?

To be honest, it’s not always pleasant to feel what’s happening in my body, but I’ve come to understand that any pain or discomfort is my body’s way of communicating to me that I’ve not been connected and, therefore, unaware of how absent or present I am in my daily life. I’m learning that the body knows exactly what it needs to support it to be in life, in complete harmony within, and with others, without stress and tension, moving through each day with ease – this is what I call intelligence.

Our body is in constant communication with us, however we tend to ignore it at the expense of our own health and well-being. I know when I allow myself time to stop, to breathe gently and to reconnect to my body, I have rediscovered a deep stillness, warmth, delicateness, loveliness, lightness and vitality within me. In feeling these qualities, I am inspired to move and act in a way that allows me to maintain them throughout my day, to the best of my ability. These qualities are always present in my body, but if I’m not connected and present with my body, then I can’t feel them and I’m more likely to do things that may cause me pain or discomfort.

Everyone can connect, or reconnect, to the innate whole body intelligence, simply by making a choice to stop and become present with the body, allowing an awareness of how or what the body is feeling at any given moment. Connecting with our breath is a great place to start to connect to the body and its very loving form of intelligence.

By Michelle Sheldrake, Social Science Researcher, Esoteric Massage Therapist, mother

Related Reading:
The Body’s Intelligence
On True Intelligence
Coming Back to Whole Body Intelligence

880 thoughts on “Connecting to a Body more Intelligent than the Mind

  1. The fact that our mind can run its own story irrespective of the body can be easily felt when the body feels a steadiness about something, but the mind wants to make the very same thing complicated.

  2. It is a recognised fact that our body goes with us wherever we go, and yet the mind is often so busy in thinking about what is ahead, what should have been done or an event that happened sometime back etc, and this separates the body and mind from being in union together. After a while there is little or no connection with the body, only the energy of push and rush – disharmony and exhaustion become the normal.

  3. The more I choose to be present with myself and honour how my body is feeling the more I feel supported by its natural wisdom.

  4. I’ve found that bringing my thoughts/ mind back to being aware or more aware of my body, with all of it, does connect me with a different kind of intelligence than if I let my mind run disconnected so to speak. It’s like there is an innate wisdom we can access from inside of us, something we can bring our mind back to. The true unity of our mind with our whole body gives us the harmony of knowledge alongside the wisdom to know what to do with it.

  5. “is that my body feels far more what supports it to be vital and healthy in life and relationships than anything I’ve ever read in books.” When we listen to our bodies, it can reveal so much to us. I know when I listen, it shows me what to do next, what to eat etc… and when I choose not to listen to it, and do the opposite, it reveals how that feels with no judgement, through the the simple laws of cause and effect (i.e. I feel tired, bloated, sore etc…because I over ate, stayed up too late etc….)

  6. When we loose the connection with ourselves we are in discomfort and this only since I came to the teachings of truth, the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom, that I understood what true connection is and made effort back in establishing a connection with myself. Ever time I drop my connection I can instantly feel how actually unloving that is and choose to come back to myself again. It is not about perfection I am starting to understand, but the willingness to come back every time again.

    1. “It is not about perfection I am starting to understand, but the willingness to come back every time again.” Yes, and yes to this. So beautiful and simple, just coming back instead of meandering further away.

  7. ” I have found that connecting to my body is as simple as making a choice to stop and do so. ”
    Its that simple , just sit down and catch ones breath and re-connect.

  8. Indeed a good question to stop and ponder on: what kind of intelligence is OK with putting the body in a state of stress, disease or even discomfort? What kind of intelligence holds the arrogance to think it can use and abuse a body at it’s will? If we are open to ask these questions so much is revealed in what we are willing to go through to have our goals met, our pleasures and our securities.

  9. Wow is that body more intelligent than the mind!!! The mind is overlaid with ideals, assumptions, beliefs, consciousnesses and so what it produces (if by itself and not connected to the body) is sheer rubbish and damaging to our health – may as well be eating boiled lollies. But that body is open to the communications of multidimensional intelligence. I know which one I now prefer.

  10. To live and move from the body instead of from the dictation of the head is deeply satisfying and nourishing and there is a richness in everything experienced.

  11. It just doesn’t make sense to oppose a relationship with our body, which only has our best interest at heart, as our bodies are designed to enhouse our Soul, in order for our being to be able to move through and live in this world, this plane of life in its fullness. Regardless of all the knowledge in the world available to us, that the mind attempts to attain supremacy with, it will always come back to our bodies knowing and communicating the absoluteness of truth through which we have an unlimited and constant access to. The awe of this is that this truth holds all equal and allows us to know all that we are, all that we are connected to and are here to live.

  12. What makes us think we are ‘intelligent’ even when we are well-regarded in our professional work in society, when we wake up with a hang over from let’s say a works party. If we are truly honest, and feeling the effects, is this the role model we want to offer our future generations?

  13. Call out that which separates us out from the connection to ourselves and we give ourselves an opportunity to connect. It is being loving enough with myself to be present to tap into the awareness in my daily living so that I can sense that which I allow takes me away from myself. It is a commitment to loving myself in every moment.

  14. I love the title of your blog, bursting the bubble of the belief that the mind has all the intelligence with one loving statement: “Connecting to a Body more Intelligent than the Mind”.

    1. I agree Esther – when we are able to overcome our pride and accept the possibility that there may well be a greater intelligence than that of our minds, we will the realise and be in awe of the real potential that we as a humanity can be living. As even through my own experience with developing a loving relationship with my body, I am awe-inspired by the intelligence that is available for us to be guided by, and when I do, I am in awe of the magic that follows there after. This surely has to be our ‘normal’ as is feels so natural.

  15. A beautiful sharing Michelle, bringing me back into my body to feel the warmth, the love, the glow of connection to my body and its innate wisdom.

  16. In my experience my body knows exactly what is needed in any given moment and has the most up to date super fast all encompassing wisdom that considers the whole picture where as my mind can only rely on recall and past experience for its sources of information and tends to narrow and reduce things down to a part of the whole therefore missing out on the greater knowing that is available to know.

  17. When we allow ourselves to be distracted by the outside world and we do not stay aware we are affected by the situations around us that change our breath and take us out of our natural rhythm. Knowing that it is a simple choice to reconnect back to ourselves through our breath is empowering and supports us to observe and engage with life from the inner wisdom offered by our connection rather than be emotionally reactive and absorb what goes on around us.

  18. It is quite clear to me that while the mind is amazing at analysing, logical argument, and problem solving, it is unable to make a decision! There have been many occasions where my mind gets caught in the headlights trying to decide between 2 or 3 finely balanced options… and that is where my body kicks in and provides the feelings I need to actually make the decision, and it does it quickly and with no nonsense. The best partnership is when they work as a whole.

  19. Yes.. connecting to the body is a very simple thing. As soon as I try to work out ‘how’ I need to connect with my body, instead of just feeling my feet on the floor, or my fingers as I type, then I’m bringing in a layer of complication that doesn’t need to be there and takes me further away from just being with my body. Simplicity is what the body thrives on and with.

  20. I am choosing to put my attention on my qualities as I move like you describe here,’ I have rediscovered a deep stillness, warmth, delicateness, loveliness, lightness and vitality within me. In feeling these qualities, I am inspired to move and act in a way that allows me to maintain them throughout my day’. Very beautiful.

  21. The body is like a wise best friend, ‘I’m learning that the body knows exactly what it needs to support it to be in life, in complete harmony within, and with others, without stress and tension, moving through each day with ease – this is what I call intelligence.’

  22. Innate in the physical body is an intelligence that far outweighs the human mind which, after all, is merely confined to the space between our ears.

  23. “Our body is in constant communication with us, however we tend to ignore it at the expense of our own health and well-being”. We ignore our body’s signals to us at our peril – then we wonder why we get ill…….

  24. How beautiful to live in this way – from the simplicity of connection with the body first and foremost. It consists of “Connecting with our breath is a great place to start to connect to the body and its very loving form of intelligence”.

  25. Connecting to the body is child’s play and children do it naturally, we did it until we allowed the world to dictate otherwise.

  26. ‘What I’ve discovered is that my body feels far more what supports it to be vital and healthy in life and relationships than anything I’ve ever read in books’. Absolutely true, it has been life changing for me when I made the shift from being in my head to being in my body and being present as opposed to checking out in life, with no commitment to life, which was an old habit of mine!

  27. There is so much direction and instruction for how to ‘connect’ to the body and our being – so much so, that people end up being more confused and in their mind about connecting to their body instead of simply just doing it.

  28. There is a richness and warmth in how I feel inside, often found in my breath but always there if I connect to it. Its precious beyond words and can act as a bell weather for any situation… all we have to do is take a moment to connect (or never leave the connection in the first place!)

  29. I find it very inspiring to be going everywhere with the body. The body always gives me opportunities to do that and always remind me if I have gone with my head and left it behind. Every single day I am learning more about myself with these reminders.

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