Whole Body Intelligence – Choices Between the Body & Mind

Our bodies are talking the whole day to us; they tell us when to eat, what to eat, when to take a rest, when to go to bed, when to speak… but do we listen? Why do we ignore these messages?

A great part of my life I chose to not listen to my body but rather, I let my mind speak. The talk was so strong it felt normal. I was often in my mind while passing my daily time at work. My mind would make a story or movie about a little thing, but because I would give it attention, it became a big thing. My mind loved to make a little thing complex and so created issues.

To help with this problem, I followed advice from other people like going for a walk, starting to meditate or doing something in the day that was especially for me. But nothing changed, and I was disappointed in myself because it didn’t work. It felt like there were two parts of me: my head, the ruler of my life, and my body, which I was ‘in’. I had no feeling about this body, which I belonged to. I didn’t like it, I didn’t listen to it and actually, I didn’t want to really look at it or touch it.

Because of this disconnection and emptiness, I could react in a stressful way when something happened in my life. It felt as though that I had lost all control and was interrupted in my own world. So I screamed at my little son when he did something wrong, I shouted at our dog when he wouldn’t listen, I kicked things when they wouldn’t work… and life felt so miserable. I asked my head to stop this talking because at moments it made me crazy and so tired.

A few years ago I attended a workshop from Universal Medicine where Serge Benhayon was talking about our mind and body. He presented to me after the workshop that we can’t stop the mind, but we can instead be present in our body with all things we do… just being with ‘you’, and he gave the example of walking: walk, and meanwhile focus on how your body feels, what you hear, what you see and again what you feel.

This way of walking helped me to build more self-awareness in my body and over time I noticed that my mind had less space to overrule me. Through this re-connection with my body my life became less complex. When I allow myself to be fully in my body, then I can connect with the true, whole body intelligence that’s in all of us.

When I am walking now, I feel my body, I hear what it’s telling me and I love to listen to it. If children are around me, I really meet them through looking into their eyes, and in this connection there is no space for screaming or other aggressive behaviour.

If there is complexity or confusion, I now know that I have to go back to my body. The more I am with myself, the less space there is for my thoughts and thinking. This is a new way of living, but an awesome way, which gives me much less stress and a more natural flow in life.

By Peggy, Teacher, Belgium

Further Reading:
Connection to Self Through Conscious Presence
Connecting To A Body More Intelligent Than The Mind
The Body’s Intelligence

659 thoughts on “Whole Body Intelligence – Choices Between the Body & Mind

  1. “My mind would make a story or movie about a little thing, but because I would give it attention, it became a big thing.” This is key because any worry, stress, anxiety is there when we make it about the imagined thing, even if it’s an anticipated ‘nice thing’ that’s going to happen, we manage to create scenarios around these too! The mind can be lead in all kinds of ways and in all types of circumstance, around and around until we chose to be with our body and movement, knowing this is what brings us to the ‘anticipated’ moment in its natural and easy flow.

    1. Yes – even if it’s a ‘nice thing’ or thought, it’s still a distraction. Any thought is a distraction away from the simple and direct communication from our body.

  2. Such a simple wise and inspirational comment Peggy; “if there is complexity or confusion, I now know that I have to go back to my body”.

  3. I loved what you shared Peggy, I have seen a lot of time in my head, learning to stay with my body is definitely a work in progress, just the other day a thought was triggered and before long a whole story was developed, it was amazing to see how giving energy to that thought followed a path that turned out to be all projection, no truth in it at all. So, back to the body to where truth ultimately lies.

  4. When walking and feeling the body we can easily understand what body intelligence is all about as this connection with our body is so joy-full to feel. The body tends to flow as if it is fluid the feet tend to be floating, the spin and hips seemingly wriggles like a serpent and the arm seem to create there own breeze so how would this not feel exquisite in a body. From these movements of our body, and because of the focus on being connected to our movements as we move, we are then deepening our connection to being divine.

  5. Could it be possible that Esoteric Yoga could be taught at teachers college so that the sharp end of the stick gets an understanding of how important connection is when we communicate. Connection when communicating takes away the control and allows the teacher to take command of the situation. To Command is Esoteric Yoga is a way as to not dictating but allow each individual the ability to explore their own body.

  6. Walking the way you have described would be a great support in reducing anxiety, as you bring your focus to the connection and movement of the body rather than focusing on circulating thoughts such as ‘what if?’… thoughts that exacerbate disconnection and anxiety.

  7. ‘Through this re-connection with my body my life became less complex’ – The body is very simple in its communications and reflections to us, a great example of this being that when we overeat, we feel heavy and the body can gain weight. The mind however is very complex, and when we rely on it for decisions there are so many different considerations, issues, ‘what ifs’ and uncertainties that are fed to us. A connection with our body thus definitely simplifies life.

  8. I was reading in the purple books by Serge Benhayon yesterday called ‘Space’ about the genius of simplicity. It feels key here, the body has simple communications it sends us; we can think otherwise and complicate matters or we can simply listen to our bodies.

  9. The simplicity of being with our body occupying the minds focus rather than going of on an abusive chatter I have experienced many times. But I feel the investment I have given to my mind being the place to hang out, and shifting to value the presence and intelligence and life that comes from being with the body will take time to rebalance more in the bodies favour.

    1. Sure Leigh, there is a momentum to break because of the investments to human life. But when we allow ourselves to understand that in the human body is our gateway back to God, choosing for the body is not that difficult anymore. It is then easy to choose for the body that is the closest connection to the truth as it is from truth and in compliance with the universe and with God, that space we come from and belong to.

  10. Peggy, I still can take the littlest thing and turn it in to something big, complicated and confusing. But slowly as time goes on, I am learning that when this happens it is because I have stepped away from that connection with myself, and especially because I have stepped away from the connection with my body which is always naturally there. Learning how to make these simple step-aways and not make a drama out of it, how to accept that this is my learning journey has been a great support.

  11. It is interesting the behaviour you describe Peggy. While we think it is so normal because everybody is doing it, living from the mind in ignorance of the body, it actually is not. And that is the conundrum of human life we are trying to figure out and in that have created many ways to come to God we think we will find the answer, but in that we have forgotten that God is already in us, we only have to reconnect to it through the body we are so ignorant with.

  12. Isn’t this the most simple key to life? Living in the moment and knowing every part of that moment, so what you feel, hear and see. That’s magic.

  13. I feel is a kind of joy when I am able to work connected to my body, without letting the mind complicate what I am doing, it’s a feeling of how it is supposed to be and it is kind of absurd that I am not yet able to maintain it all the time.

  14. I ‘thought’ I had been listening to my body for decades… it wasn’t until attending Universal Medicine presentations that I was able to truly start to tune in … what a difference!

  15. I know this so well Peggy. The head that is in the lead making all kind of stories, worrying or living in the future. It is indeed a discipline to guide my mind to be with the body, as Serge Benhayon has showed me as well. But slowly slowly things are starting to change, and I am more in body, more surrendered. And then my mind is just quiet, focusing on feeling the joy in my body, a joy that cannot be ignored.

  16. I love this: “If there is complexity or confusion, I now know that I have to go back to my body.”
    You have written a great blog that I can relate to, – but less and less, fortunately. The mind likes to take control, but at a great expense of the magnificent body which always knows best. It’s so easy to be fooled by our minds, but it’s through coming back toour bodies, which you beautifully express, that is he answer.

  17. I absolutely agree Peggy, the more I am with my body the less complication and confusion that comes into play. People talk about a desire for a simple life – well this is the key. Yet what unlocks is our ability to commit more deeply to life with simplicity and true purpose, and with this there is no need to escape to what we think is a simpler life.

  18. I really enjoy the intimacy with my body too, it is the cosiest of feelings. Whenever I have stepped away from this beautiful and true relationship I would go back again, humbled all over and this is a continuous cycle that brings us closer and closer together.

  19. Yes when the mind dominates the body gets dragged along behind it…and we often won’t realise it until the body speaks so loudly that we are forced to re-consider.

  20. It is so true that building a relationship with the body really supports us in every situation. Yesterday I was on my way to a meeting for an interview and when I asked myself how am I feeling, there was a sense of calm and settlement within my body – the interview went well, the lady I met was gorgeous and it turned out she was really supportive of what I wanted to do and couldn’t be more helpful.

  21. Absolutely brilliant this teaching is:
    “The more I am with myself, the less space there is for my thoughts and thinking.”
    And to add is that the more I breathe me (realizing my rhythm of breath and breathing gentle so through my nose in and out) the more I get to feel and be able to pick up that my body is telling me all of the time. All I need to do is connect.

  22. How often do we let our mind take control of our life for the detriment of what our being can be? Every walk of life has a different value it places on the things that they do and never is there a true consideration for what it is truly doing for our bodies. Every aspect of our lives has an impact on our body so do we continue down the path that is very destructive towards the body or do we revisit the way we live and start to listen to our bodies. The practical approach is to give your body a go and start to listen when is feels out of sorts and then work out why. And as you say Peggy; “This is a new way of living, but an awesome way, which gives me much less stress and a more natural flow in life.”

  23. The body is a great marker for how we are running our lives. It is well worth returning to the body when we are creating complexity and stories rather than giving them air time.

  24. I really loved coming back to this Peggy. ‘My mind would make a story or movie about a little thing, but because I would give it attention, it became a big thing. My mind loved to make a little thing complex and so created issues.’ We create our own reality by the things we give our attention to. Our minds love complex issues and problems but the body definitely doesn’t. When we allow the body to thrive in simplicity and flow, life feels effortless and full, and we feel steady, willing and fully capable to steer the ship no matter how stormy the waters might be around us.

  25. I love paying attention to how me body feels when I am walking. Its a great exercise to do and a wonderful way to check in with how I am feeling. I too have noticed that the more aware and present I am with myself, the less reaction I get from the students I work with as a teacher.

    1. Yes Debra, it really makes the difference when we come back to our body by simply paying attention to the way we walk. I do it too in school when I go from a classroom to another, and I feel that in those moments I’m preparing myself for the next encounter, being with me to be with another, and I can see in children the difference. As I’m open from within, they too, and the quality of what is shared from that space is felt in the deep respect that is shared between us.

  26. Our body knows no complexity or struggle and as such is our dear, wise sage reflecting our every choice back to us and forecasting our future based on our lived way.

  27. This is such a great example of how simple is the presentations of Serge Benhayon. His reply was to walk. How gorgeous and sweet because you are fully in command of your walk, no one can rule this over you, how you walk is your own. And so in his most simplest of words Serge has given you the power to transform your life.

  28. Thank you Peggy for sharing especially the simplicity and truth in these words, “If there is complexity or confusion, I now know that I have to go back to my body. ” there are times when I go into my head about a decision and become confused as to what to do, in these moments of indecision it certainly is a marker for me to realise that I have left my body. Time for a walk and feel my body.

  29. Bringing our mind back to being aware of our whole body and the way we’re moving, walking or communicating and relating with another in anything we do really helps us to re-gather and bring all of us to the moment rather than be ‘in our heads’ so to speak…

  30. Just starting the journey of trusting our body to know what is true and what is not is opening up to really a whole new world… where the heart leads, and the mind knows its place

  31. Learning the tools for reconnecting to our bodies… priceless. Be that a gentle breath, walking with this purpose, or simply being aware of how we are moving in the day, there are so many opportunities if we know where to look for them.

  32. It’s quite an inroad to really make life about being the body. Stopping ourselves when we have drifted off in our heads. Constantly, lovingly taking ourselves back to our body. It is discipline but very much worth it.

  33. The gem that every parent on this planet would love to know about – true connection and true relationship with children and the emotional behaviour is not needed in any way.
    “If children are around me, I really meet them through looking into their eyes, and in this connection there is no space for screaming or other aggressive behaviour”.

  34. Thank you Peggy – this shows how our relationship with our bodies is one that starts within and is then reflected outwards. So the ease you now feel about yourself is expressed by the way you connect with people rather than react to them – what amazing wisdom about relationships our bodies offer us.

  35. Walking can be a great tool to help bring us back to our body and our connection, simply feeling parts of our body and how they feel, and then as you added, what you hear, and then what you see, and again back to feeling our body, all gives our mind something to focus on.

  36. My head was the ruler in my life and that used to be the unquestioned normal for me. And life was hectic and always a struggle. Now I know that being in the body, with my mind aligned to what my body is doing brings a rest, and makes life simple and just flow of things. A bit of discipline, to let the mind be aligned with what the body is doing, and not allowing thoughts is part of the trick.

    1. I agree, letting go of pictures, and being aware of our thoughts is part of this too – once we’re aware of the quality of our thoughts, we can choose to say no to them.

  37. “Our bodies are talking the whole day to us; they tell us when to eat, what to eat, when to take a rest, when to go to bed, when to speak… but do we listen? Why do we ignore these messages?” A great question Peggy – and one I ignored for many years as my head ruled over anything else. I have found Esoteric Yoga such a huge support to enable me to align my body with my mind. And now I truly listen to my body’s messages.

  38. Beautiful Peggy, as if our body is constantly inviting us to surrender and be with our body & what we feel.. Hence when we feel depleted or exhausted we often are brought back in a very physical way to be with our bodies.

  39. ‘If there is complexity or confusion, I now know that I have to go back to my body. The more I am with myself, the less space there is for my thoughts and thinking. This is a new way of living, but an awesome way, which gives me much less stress and a more natural flow in life.’ Beautifully said Peggy, any complexity is a great sign that we have gone off track, to stop, and allow the space to return to who we truly are.

  40. The problem is that the body can tell us things which are true and those that not necessarily are. This applies to several spheres of life. We have to go beyond what the body talks to us and be able to discriminate true and false and when is true, better pay attention.

  41. Absolutely Peggy, my body shares so much with me, ‘When I am walking now, I feel my body, I hear what it’s telling me and I love to listen to it.’

  42. I Love this blog Peggy. My mind has also been running me in circles for most of my life. It is very clever, I have a strong natural intuition as to what is going on around me, my mind has used this in the past to feed me inaccurate stories/information from what I have perceived. It is partly true, yet it always has a nasty slant on it that the intuition I felt is completely misrepresented. So now when I have my mind feed me a story about something I have felt I simply recognise it is a lie and life will eventually reflect the truth to me if needed. The mind constantly feeds us lies to keep us entertained and enthralled in non-existing complexity’s. The one thing the mind never offers is the truth as it wants us to be constantly chasing our tail.

  43. This is great Peggy, when we start listening to our bodies then we get messages that allow a rhythm in our day and this does not cause as many disruptions so that we have “less stress and a more natural flow in life.”

  44. Paying attention to the quality of our thoughts, we get to see how our choices impact the quality of our thoughts – the way/what we eat, how we work, how we sleep, what we do in our spare time.. all of these things affect how steady and present we are with our body, the quality of our thoughts, and so, our overall experience of life.

  45. Very thought provoking Peggy! Seriously though, I totally agree with the way the mind loves to create a big story, especially when I’m driving in the car and put the ‘analysis mode’ on full volume. When I get out the other end its invariably with a headache rather than an expansion in myself.

  46. Our minds tend to make us into a believer of our ‘emotions and stresses in life are us and without them we are nothing’. When we get out of our head and into our body the opposite becomes the flavour of the day and a way of living is developed where life flows with an endless stream of Love.

  47. It’s a very good point about when there is complexity or confusion. It is truly incredible how much our bodies will tell us if we are willing to listen to it. We always know the answer, it’s just that we often don’t want to hear or feel it because it might often mean that our truth might ruffle the feathers of another, and here the complexity that comes in and has us move up into our heads hatching a plan to come up with an answer that will keep the peace amongst everyone. But life doesn’t work like that. Or rather, doesn’t work well like that.

  48. There is an illusion that the body can take a lot of punishment and still continue, i.e. an alcohol binge, or even a chocolate binge. Although the body does recover, each choice that is not loving is recorded and an impact made, and then in the future they come back to haunt us with ill health, or tiredness etc. Each choice makes a difference.

  49. Brilliant Peggy – you sum up our whole issue with life. It’s like we are trying to run a car on a train track. Whilst that might be an entertaining puzzle to solve – it will never work. Why don’t we accept the true way our vehicle likes to be steeered in this world?

    1. What you speak of here Simon is precisely where our education needs to begin in order from us to live knowing who we are with true confidence and true power. If we honestly looked around at the current state of our world, it is evident that knowledge is not working or really supporting us a humanity.

  50. When we allow the mind to lead us through the day, we can be sure to say that at the end of the day we feel exhausted. As our mind alone will never consider or give regard to the body, for our body will always reflect the truth. In developing a loving relationship with our body, we allow ourselves to be guided by our truth, by a quality that represents the love we are, and knows in absoluteness what will or will not support us to live the love we are. Yes, it is from here we get to live in connection to a far greater intelligence that the mind alone can never ever know.

  51. ” When I allow myself to be fully in my body, then I can connect with the true, whole body intelligence that’s in all of us. ”
    This is so true a whole body intelligence that we all are .

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