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

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

  1. How interesting that we think it is initially a tick the box exercise. I suspect it is because we perceive ourselves to be so time poor that we just want it fixed and to make it stop so we don’t have to consider the longer and more time-consuming ‘why’.

  2. We can take a gap year or sabbatical from life/work to expand ourselves, illegally? Or, is this a holiday for the mind to further disconnect from the body? When all that is required is a moment of connection to our body.

  3. We are often doing things at the expense of our bodies, we push, we shove and try to fit our bodies into whatever it is that our minds desires. Life is a lot more harmonious if we flip this perception on its head and use the body to make the choice.

  4. When we are stuck with something in our mind, the world can fade around us as we re-think all of the possibilities. Who has never gone to work and do not remember the trip? Walking and being within ourselves puts the mind in neutral and allows us to reconnect to ourselves. What we fill our space with, determines the quality of our movements.

  5. Building a relationship with the body is our absolute responsibility- not in a burdensome or serious way, but because having that relationship with what we can feel means that we learn to feel what is truly us and what is not- ie the layers that we put over the top of who we truly are. Through that learning, we feel steadier, more solid, more confident, more knowing and aware of who we are and what we bring.

  6. If there is complexity and confusion, I returned to my body… What a great statement, and this could be the foundation for so much self-care and healthcare for the anxiousness and stress that underlies most of our society.

  7. I had spent a great deal of this life and many other lifetimes willingly creating tension and anxiety for myself. I now know and can feel I had caused the perfect storm within to keep me from feeling everything I am!

  8. Thank you, Peggy, for reminding me the simplicity the connection with the body brings. The mind often gets impatient with the speed of physicality and tries to go ahead of it and it totally makes sense why we would find ourselves in complexity and confusion when we are not all together as one unit.

  9. What can be confusing until we restore a deeper sense and understanding of body and mind again that the mind is abusing the senses to indulge in stimulation that then is felt as a need or desire from the body or as being the body but doesn´t match the natural rhythm of the body to deeply care for itself by consistently maintaining homeostasis/harmony.

  10. We definitely need to bring the mind back to the body before it knows itself to be a part of it again and thus whole-body-mind-intelligence is ignited again and becomes our natural way of being.

  11. ‘we can’t stop the mind, but we can instead be present in our body with all things we do.’ Our minds can be so crazily busy with things that we want to also escape it. But what happens when we leave ourselves? Who or what gets in the driving seat? In the end we are checked out. When we are present with our bodies in what we do, there is an amazing stillness which is a welcome contrast to the swirling mind.

  12. Making eye contact with people is a very powerful way to bring focus to the connection between ourselves and another, rather than the separation caused by emotions and reactions to what is playing out in front of us. This is a great reminder, thank you Peggy.

  13. When we let our head talk we have the idea we have no choice that there is only complexity and we don’t seem to find a way to simplicity, most of the times it only get worse and like you described we get angry on all kind of things outside of ourselves. Whole body intelligence is the answer to come back to a life that is simple and where our wise body do the talking, to connect to every part of this amazing body.

  14. When I am connected and present with myself life has a beautiful natural flow it is the moment I step away from that connection that complication starts to creep in.

  15. We are not taught when we are young to stay with what we feel but to come out and join everyone in the ‘outside’ world which for me means be in our heads, we are actively encouraged to do this from very young. Coming back again to the reconnection to our bodies takes practice but I am finding its well worth the effort

  16. Walking with you as you feel every footstep supporting your body as you move invites your mind to be at one with the body and the movement.

  17. I know what it is like being in my head and the confusion, tension and anxiety that it creates, where when I am connected to my body there is a simplicity and ease fullness to life.

  18. It is so great to read about your journey and appreciating the natural flow that can be in your life. And I understand the challenges that this can bring, especially when a life has been created on dis-harmony and without its natural rhythms. So, to return is a big deal and beautifully so.

  19. The body talks to us. The mind talks to us. Not only do we choose who to listen to and not we also choose a pattern of movement that has an effect over what the body or the mind say to us.

  20. I have experienced this many times, ‘Because of this disconnection and emptiness, I could react in a stressful way when something happened in my life.’ A few nights ago, I reacted to minor things because I didn’t allow myself to feel what my body was communicating to me. When I reflect back, I can pin point it back to the moment when I chose to disconnect from my body by ignoring its messages. Once I felt disconnected an ill energy then runs the show. This can happen very fast, because emptiness and disconnection gives permission for the ill energy to come in and run the show faster than I can think. It can take a while to clear and shift if I am not willing to be aware of this exchange or until I choose to take responsibility for what I’ve chosen. It was a great lesson and I am constantly learning that the key is to listen, honour and connect to my body.

  21. Just completing a walking therapies that deepened our awareness and can also go into the conscious presence basket so as we walked, we developed awareness at our first step felt amazing in our body!

  22. When we are connected to the body there is no space for complication or mind chatter, that’s why what Serge Benhayon presents on whole body intelligence is such an important and powerful teaching that the whole world would benefit immensely from.

  23. When we get lost in the thoughts of our mind we can definitely go off on a tangent and make up stories or complications that take us totally away from the present task or situation at hand.

    1. I agree Suse, and this can happen constantly if we allow it, and if we do not put a stop to it, we can feel exhausted especially when our thoughts are running a hundred miles an hour without checking in with ourselves, with our body and be present with what we are doing.

  24. Our bodies are actually quite bossy! They tell us when to eat sleep, talk, listen, move… if we listen the ease in our body is felt very clearly and when we work against it the communication is equally clear we have just worked out some awesome life-hacks to bi-pass the communication.

  25. Sometimes I feel a build-up of tension in my body – so it is great for me to read this and understand how important it is to not ignore this and know that we can look at how we are living and the quality in which we are living, and how all this impacts how we are with others.

  26. I endure the same when I am around children – I meet them in the eyes. I could say nearly 100% of the time they meet me back. If children do this where are adults at if this is much lesser the case?

  27. What most of humanity has no idea of, is, that we do have a choice. And this is when it is so important that we live in a way that simply by reflection, offers the possibility that there is a choice.

    1. Oh yes, I can remember feeling this way Cjames2012, I used to think I didn’t have a choice in life and with this I felt disempowered, helpless and I felt like a victim to the misery of life. But now, I can feel that we all have a choice and when we understand this very simple truth, it can be deeply, deeply empowering.

  28. Thank you Peggy, as someone who finds they are thinking a lot being with my body is something I need to give more focus to. This is supportive and very practical “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.”

  29. ” He presented to me after the workshop that we can’t stop the mind, but we can instead be present in our body ”
    Thats the key for the mind is part of the body and us been present in out body gives the mind work to do.

  30. The big difference I am noticing is that my mind loves to work in isolation (from the rest of my body, from the understanding of others and from a grand picture of humanity’s future and wellbeing), whereas my body works in relationship with everything, responding instantly to all that is going on and communicating clearly… this is fun to be exploring.

  31. ” 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 .

  32. 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.

    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.

    2. The answer to your question, Simon, is ‘no’ and as Carola says it could be through our education system that we support people to stay in relationship with their bodies and the confidence and wisdom of what they feel. This will be something we realise at some point.

  33. 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?

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.”

  40. 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.

  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. 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.

  43. ‘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.

  44. 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.

  45. “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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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”.

    1. Yes and this brings a flow which means we are much more efficient. It is letting go of the control, of ‘thinking’ we know best and perhaps surrendering to the wisdom of our own bodies.

  50. 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.

    1. It certainly starts off as a discipline, I agree, Willem, but since it is our natural way to live in connection with our bodies, once we have unlearnt the patterns that interfere with this, it can become our normal.

  51. 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.

  52. 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

  53. 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…

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.”

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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!

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. ‘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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

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