I was so excited to offer my first Intuition and Body Wisdom Class. It was a women’s only class, and one that I had fantasized teaching to my fierce sisters for a long time. It would encompass all the juicy bits of guidance that I had been sharing with my private clients in session after session. I was so excited to create a sacred container of sisterhood for the women to relax into, so that they could explore the truth their bodies held about the situations and relationships in their lives. And then pneumonia came knocking on my door.
The big “P” brought me to my knees in a very short time. But hey, that’s what antibiotics are for, aren’t they? A little Z pack, a few days rest, and I’d be fit as a fiddle to teach, right? I didn’t think cancelling was an option, especially since an abundance of women had already signed up and prepaid. Not only would I have to disappoint, I’d also have to pay everyone back who registered. As I sat there arguing in the examination room with two different doctors that told me I couldn’t teach that night, it dawned on me that I had to surrender to what Mz. Bodacious Body wanted. She wanted rest, sweatpants, lots of liquids and bad reality TV. So I gave in.
It was so ironic that here I was, chomping at the bit to teach women to listen to the wisdom of their bodies, and I was trying to make mine jump through a flaming hoop of phlegm and fever. I knew in that moment that walking my talk looked like cancelling the class and refunding everyone’s money. In the days that followed, I noticed two things. One, the world didn’t end. Two, my body had a whole lot more to say about how I was managing my energy, especially around work.
As an Intuitive Guide, Reiki Master and Emotional Freedom Coach, my sessions require intense focus as I decode the energy patterns, thought forms, and spiritual truths that create the web of a woman’s life. Much of my work involves bringing the unconscious to the conscious level of awareness, then working with energy shifting tools that support women in making choices that empower them. I love my work. It is my purpose and my passion. But the gift of pneumonia made me realize that the sheer number of sessions I needed to do every week to support myself as the sole head of my household was too much of an energy drain on my body.
So I listened to my body, and raised my rates. I surrendered to her need to work less and make more money. I made this decision late one night while in the midst of my illness, and my body thanked me by getting well. She wasn’t punishing me by getting sick, she just wanted to be heard. And valued. She didn’t want to be rushed anymore. She didn’t want to give up one more promised day off. So she revolted until I listened. Now I’m making more money per session, have actual days off, and am preparing to teach my Intuition and Body Wisdom class in various locations this Summer. My clients get the best version of me when I am deliciously rested, nourished and steeped in JOY. All because I listened to Mz. Bodacious Body, because when She’s happy, everybody’s happy!
THREE STEPS TO BODY CENTERED WISDOM
Anyone who knows my work knows that I’m a big believer in body centered wisdom. Our bodies are always talking to us, telling us what feels good, who we can trust, and when we need to get the HELL out of Dodge. For women especially, listening to your internal GPS is crucial. It can LITERALLY save your life. Developing the ability to listen to what your gut instincts are telling you takes a bit of practice, but here are three steps to help you along on the journey:
- BREATHE When you slow down to breathe you calm your nervous system, open up your energy pathways, and give yourself time to FEEL what your body is trying to communicate about a certain person, situation or circumstance. Breathing is the first step in coming home to your body. An easy way to enhance the relaxation response that conscious breathing creates is to allow yourself to make a sound on the exhalation. A simple, audible sigh can work wonders when you need a minute to connect to your inner space. That’s the place your intuition lives.
- GROUND After taking a few breaths, ground your energy by feeling your feet on the floor. If you’re sitting, also feel your body melting into the surface you’re sitting on. One popular grounding technique is to imagine roots spiraling down from your tailbone and feet deep into the earth, then visualize drawing earth energy up into your body. If that feels like too long of a process, simply imagine your feet in mud. Really see/feel this mud squishing up between your toes! The trick is to get really good at grounding in a few moments. This allows you to hold your power as situations come up in life, and not become swayed by another person’s opinion or agenda.
- CALL IN YOUR SPIRIT I’m a big fan of calling in your higher power in whatever way you believe. It’s just as important, however, to call in your OWN spirit. You may think of her as your HIGHER SELF, the part that’s eternally connected to the Divine. Perhaps it feels juicier to think of her as your inner WISE WOMAN, that part that has access to your gut instinct. Maybe the term SOUL WISDOM feels right to you. Whatever name you use, its job is to keep you safe and lead you toward your highest good. Whenever you notice yourself starting to feel overwhelmed or confused, call your Spirit back into your body. Place one hand on your heart chakra and the other on your lower belly as you affirm, “My Body and Spirit are united in a sacred dance.”
Namaste, Blessed Be, and Amen…xo
Angela Pizzarello is an Intuition Guide, Reiki Master and Emotional Freedom Coach. She assists women in bringing the unconscious to the conscious level of awareness with her gifts of Intuition, Energy Work, and EFT Meridian Tapping. She also shares her wisdom about how Intention, Free Will and the Law of Attraction work together to help women create lives filled with magic and joy. She can be reached at 203-532-1159 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for private sessions. Like her Facebook page at angelapizzarello.com