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Are You Listening to Your Body?


“Listen to your body.”

The refrain to every question I asked the chiropractor.  He kindly gave me additional information, but he concluded every response by saying, “Listen to your body.”

Gripped by pain and temporarily disabled, I waded through my aversion and swam forcefully through my imaginary projections.

  • “What if…”
  • “When will…”
  • “Why?”

It took awhile to get my “self” out of the equation, but finally I did. Then I remembered the mountain of pain that exists in our world; mine clearly minuscule in comparison.  Prompted to drop my dramas, I took a moment to pray,  “May my pain dissolve every being’s pain this very instant.”

The truth is, I had ignored my body’s cries and whispers:

  • Sitting for long stretches at the computer.
  • Dropping my exercise routine when life got busy.
  • Moving heavy pieces of furniture.
  • Unexpectedly, falling flat on my knees on unforgiving lava rock.
  • Going with the whirlwind of stress instead of gathering my equanimity.

It wasn’t one incident that jerked my spine out-of-place.  The discomfort, it seems, piled up from failing to listen again and again.

And, unlike my twenties when it took a single whack from the chiropractor to set me straight, this time the painful twist lingered on and on.

But it got me to listen.  And, I promised to reform.  How about you?

Are you listening to your body?  What’s it telling you?

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  1. I started listening to my body and gave up soda recently. I loved drinking ice cold cokes, but my body didn’t. After drinking them my stomach would hurt a little bit, and I wouldn’t feel as great as I did before I drank them. Finally I decided to just give them up completely, and I’m feeling much better now and I’ve lost some weight too.

    • Eric,

      That’s an exquisite example of listening to your body! Thank you for sharing it with us. We have some much power to impact our body in positive ways and, often, it takes a single positive step like this.

  2. Your type of health care advice is more universal than mine, and every bit as practical. Top of the morning to you!

  3. Oh my, such a good reminder! Even though I’ve been making the necessary changes to my daily routine, I still slip back into my old unsupportive ways now and then. Reminds me of the phrase, “Your body doesn’t lie.”

    • Sandi,

      We all slip back don’t we? I need to keep a sense of humor about that! And, then just start again. It helps to know that others slip back too. So thanks for telling us. Then we can support each other and have fun getting back on track.

  4. I listen to my body. When I didn’t listen and kept pushing through (many years of my life) my body became extremely ill. At that time, I learned various practices of presence, all of which begin with awareness of center. When I move, create, and connect from such a space, it is with ease and joy; when I am out of alignment, my body quickly lets me know!

  5. I must confess my body has had to shout at me on occasion before I took note. As I’ve gotten older, I’m a better body listener, but still have room for improvement.

    The other day I ate a wicked combination of odd things intended to stave off hungry until I had time to stop to eat a healthy meal. I never stopped to eat a real meal. At the end of the day, when my lingering cough returned, I added a big swig of cough syrup to the hodgepodge in my stomach. Within a few minutes my stomach began to scream out in pain.

    Until this one, I can’t remember when I last had a stomach ache.

    Just as I was bending over in pain, my oldest daughter called to see how I was doing.

    At first we both had to laugh because my oldest granddaughter manages to create stomach aches periodically by eating a combination of junk that no human should ever eat. When she does, we just wait to hear her predictable moaning, “I don’t f-e-e-e-l good.”

    Well, here I was responding to my oldest daughter: ” I don’t f-e-e-e-l good.”

    As often happens when you have adult kids, my daughter took on the mother role and began to run through a list of things I could take, if I had them in the house. After consuming what I had available from her list—soda and then ginger tea–my stomach ache eventually began to subside.

    Even though I’m eating much healthier these days than I once did, I fell off the wagon that day. My body spoke out loud and clear in a tone I hope to never hear again. May the memory of that experience keep me on track.

    • Flora,

      I still have lots of room for improvement too as you can see from this article. That sounded like a pretty uncomfortable experience and I’m glad you are determined to use the memory of it to keep you on track. How sweet your daughter switches into a mothering role with you. It sounds like your granddaughter has a sensitive tummy! There are so many temptations when you are a kid; it’s not easy to learn to listen to your body. I wish both of you well with this. May we listen better and better this year.

  6. Such an inspiration and wonderful reminder especially today as i have family coming to stay and the usual so much to do in a short space of time. Now i stop and listen to my body and it says slow down all will be well. what happens when I don’t….. well i always have my big reminder from 19 months ago as my bench mark. it is also important at times of stress to go quiet and listen. Yes the exercise etc always seems to be the first to do. nice to now we all are human. Namaste

    • Hi Suzie,

      Yes, we are all so very human! And, learning, growing, and getting back on track. I’m back on track for today. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. So happy this was a helpful reminder for you. Family visits are definitely a trigger for letting the important things go. But, you are right, when we slow down it all helps just fine any way. Thank YOU for the reminder.

  7. So true Sandra. The body never lies because it does not know how to lie. We would be wise to listen to our body and not immerse ourselves in mental stuff all day.

  8. I’ve been thinking about this, Justin as I tend to be a mental person. I’m always looking for ways to move away from that. I like your point that the body doesn’t know how to lie!

  9. 🙂 In the real world, I would have sworn you moved house. Nice background. But I miss your header.

    Oh, I have learned the hard way, to listen to my body, Sandra. And it is even more tough to accept that the stamina and strength we had in our 20’s has reduced …um…a couple of decades later. Right now it is evident for me in the amount of time my accident wounds are taking to heal.

    My first encounter with body talk was when it screamed at me – via neck pain. So close to my ears – so I HAD to listen. I immediately started doing a small regimen of exercises I had been taught long ago when I suffered from cervical spondylosis. Those physiotherapy sessions used to be very painful except for the 10 minute massage. I was determined not to let it become that bad. I also made it a point to never sit for more than an hour. Then, I read about the dangers of sitting and began practicing standing and working. Luckily, I found the perfect height to place my laptop. So I alternate between two rooms – the study where I use my desktop computer and the living room where I use my laptop. I go for a walk every day. When I don’t work, I shut down the computer. 🙂 All this has helped me stay fit. Oh, not to mention the housework, which I actually enjoy doing. Some people might say that it is a waste of time, but not for me.

    Listening to our body calls for great sensitivity and responsiveness. 😀 Hugs.

    Are you feeling better now? I worried about you.

    • Hi Vidya,

      I like to move around! The header may come back. I’m just learning how to use the theme at the moment.

      I’m so sorry you’ve had to learn about listening to your body the hard way. Sounds like many ouches, but now you really have it down. Moving periodically is really the key, isn’t it. I’m glad you enjoy housework. I enjoy it now more than I used too, but still not fully.

      Yes, I am much better! I am a fragile type, but I manage fairly well. I hope you are better too.

  10. jean sampson

    Hi Sandra, yep, like a lot of the other folks here, I have had to learn to listen to my body the hard way. I have exercised since I was 20, but as I get older, all the things that have never been correctly aligned (I was born with a slight spinal curvature) begin to “talk” to us as we age. When I was young, I could sort of over-ride and work through minor difficulties (although now I realize that is not the smartest way to go :)——-and I got by with it until I hit 40 (or rather, 40 hit ME!). I have modified the exercise routines and am learning more about my individual structure and what it needs. I have also been working on diet for years and think, except for a couple of pieces of chocolate candy a day, I am doing really well with green, red, yellow, purple, orange everything! I tell you, getting old is a full time job, but I do not like the alternative! Hope things are better with you. It IS a process and a continual adjustment, isn’t it?

    • Jean,

      I agree that self-care can sometimes feel like a full-time job! I’m glad you are doing so well with the rainbow diet and I’m sure a bit of chocolate isn’t going to do be so harmful in comparison. It has anti-oxidants! Yes, for me it is a process and a continual adjustment. And, as you point out, knowing one’s individual needs is essential to be effective.

  11. My biggest issue is sitting for long periods of time. I try to remind myself to get up but when I get absorbed in the writing, I look up and realize that lots of time has gone by. I’m really working on getting better about this and this post is a great reminder.

    • That’s exactly my problem too, Charlotte! I have an incredible attention span in that way, but it doesn’t work for my body. So I too am working on getting better about this too. We can tackle it together.

  12. hey Sandra – I try to listen to my body but not always the best at it. It has a mind of it’s own. That’s why it regularly gets sick when I’m on vacation, on the weekend or extended holidays. haha

    The way I try to keep up is to schedule rests into my schedule and times where I am allowing my body to rest. I’m not sure if I need it always but my rationing out time for it, I can ensure I get the rest I need to keep going. If I didn’t schedule it in, I don’t think I’d allow my body to take a break.

    I’m sure most of the diseases, sickness we face as a society comes from us collectively not listening to our bodies! If bodies had blogs..hahah

    • Hi Vishnu,

      Regularly scheduling rests for your body is such a brilliant idea. Lately, I’ve been tuning into exactly how restorative rest actually is. Thanks for reminding us. On that note, I think I’ll go take a rest!

  13. Hi Sandra,

    The art of just taking the time to sit down and learn the way our bodies communicate with us is probably one of the most valuable skills we could learn. Our lives can sometimes be so hectic and full of compromise that by the time we sit down at night, we are so burnt out that we just ignore physical/emotional/spiritual/intuitive symptoms that may be calling out to us. It is surprising how much our Chakras and network of energy within our body knows about our Lives and what is causing us to do/feel certain things.

    My body for example completely rejects sugar. Everything from glucose, sucrose, fructose, you name it. When I was younger I loved my soft drinks, ice-cream and deserts, and really didn’t think much of it. It’s only really in the last couple of years that we are figuring out how bad sugar is for us. Dieticians are now moving away from carbs and focusing on the deeper root cause such as sugar. Do we need the latest diet book? No just listen to our bodies.

  14. Jamie Salcedo

    It was only a year ago when I decided to listen to my body. I was concentrating too much on my medication than my overall health (not getting enough sleep because of work, eating bad things, etc.) and it was holding me back. A friend of mine who was on track for personal trainer certification did help me get a bit back on my feet for the dieting and whatnot, and I started a pretty strong regimen of sleep. Everything is working better now. Great post btw!

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