Before you can hear, much less follow, the voice of your soul, you have to win back your body. You have to go on a pilgrimage beneath the skin.—Meggan Watterson
Your body is your soul’s address in this lifetime. Embodiment is when our spirit – the eternal aspect of ourselves, the part that can never die, be lost, or be harmed – finds an impermanent, ever changing home of bones, muscles, skin, and breath.
Can you think of a time when you felt and followed your intuition? When you trusted yourself and your inner knowing so deeply that you were able to take a leap of faith? Did you move across the country because you just felt it was the right thing to do? Did you turn down that job because of the way your stomach turned when you walked into the office? Did you call someone out of the blue at the exact moment they required your presence? I know you have. You can also probably think of a time when you felt but didn’t follow your intuition. Your body shouts to turn right, but you turn left instead, and get stuck in an hour of traffic. The grease from the french fries makes your skin crawl, but you eat them anyway and stay up all night with heartburn. Though the body and mind are designed to work together, we tend to bypass the body’s information and negate the messages of intuition that it sends. While there is no way to avoid pain or mistakes in this lifetime,
following your intuition can lessen the particularly acute pain of knowing that you ignored your body’s wisdom and paid a dear price for it, emotionally or physically.
The fastest path to sadness, resentment, and sorrow is when you go against the truth you feel in your body.
A subtle awareness is required to differentiate between impulses in the body and intuitions in the body. Impulses are things like hunger, turn-on, or reflex reactions, like hitting your funny bone and grabbing it in hopes of relief. Intuition, or the physical sensation of truth, is more like a feeling actualized in your body; while it is hard to put into words, common expressions like “I can feel it my bones,” “I had a gut feeling,” and “I knew it in every cell of my body” come closest to it. While we use words to describe physical sensations of truth in the body, we must not focus on the interpretation more than the feeling of the experience itself.
The body’s feeling is honest. The mind’s interpretation is as honest as it can be. Begin by slowing down to be real with yourself. Take a sacred pause to reflect on what truly fulfills you. The competing voices in the world around you are loud and have their own agenda for the powerful energy that lives inside of you: they want to control and channel it for their own purposes, not yours. Who benefits from your inherent lack of self-trust? Who can ever have the right to take away your birthright to explore the truth in your heart? Because that is what your intuition is always nudging you towards - the truth that resonates not only in your body, but in all parts of your being. As you slow down, consider the fear that there is no space for your true self in this world. Lift the veil of illusion that you cannot hear or follow your intuitive voice. You can do this, because the truth is – you already do it all day long.
This day retreat is an opportunity to come together in community to remember how to connect with and follow the physical sensation of truth in your body.
This is the first of a series of Day Retreats that will be offered based on the book QOYA: A Compass for Navigating an Embodied Life that is Wise, Wild and Free by Rochelle Schieck, founder of Qoya.
Retreat Tuition Includes:
- a nature excursion
- Qoya movement class
- guided meditation
- workshop on a take home practice
- time with like-minded women
Refunds are given as studio credit, except in extenuating circumstances. We do not prorate series classes.
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