Moving Forward Or Looking Back? Messages From Body & Soul

Messages From Body & Soul

how your body talks to you

During our walk in the woods today, I stopped as I often do, to sit underneath a shelter built to keep wood dry. It’s dry and peaceful there and I am sheltered if it’s raining. I enjoy the peace of the woods, watch the energy around the trees and the sheep peacefully munching in their field at the foot of Tinto Hill. Sometimes a deer or buzzard cross our path, the little birds flit between the branches and always, the crows busy themselves with some task or another.

As I sat today, watching all this magic and my working collie, Finn, throwing branches around and generally having a blast, I was thinking about an article I have to write for a new and very exciting website.

I am really excited about the article and being part of this new site and a new community of like-minded people. I wasn’t consciously anxious or nervous about it in any way.

Something was obviously going on that I wasn’t aware of, because when I got up to continue our walk, I got a sharp twinge in my left hip. I had no pain when I sat down.

My immediate thought was okay, my hip has something to tell me. I put my hand on the painful area and told it I was listening. I walked very slowly which lessened but didn’t clear the pain. I continued to speak gently and lovingly to my hip, just the way you would talk to a child or animal in pain. I told it I was listening, asked what was up and what it wanted to tell me. I asked it to give me an impression, a symbol or a sign of some kind.

Then my mind kicked in and I thought, okay, hips:- fear of moving forward etc. etc. etc.

So I asked my hip if the pain was about moving forward, writing the article, moving into a new, larger or different community? That wasn’t it.

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I walked quietly for a short distance and quietened my mind. All of a sudden I had the impression that it wasn’t about moving forward, it was about leaving behind. Being on the left side of my body, it had to be about leaving a woman or women or something in my inner-life behind. That was it!

I said a few clearing statements from my heart, about leaving people behind with love and gratitude. Knowing that we never truly lose anyone we love, we are all souls who planned to cross each others paths. We will all be reunited one day, for now we can part with love and gratitude. I felt that the message was to move forward on my soul’s life plan path with courage and gratitude.

With that realisation the pain vanished! I had received and acknowledged the message with love and gratitude so the pain had no reason to stick around.

It came to me very strongly that our souls have planned the path we chose for this lifetime. The path has already been mapped out and all we, as humans, have to do, is walk forward with courage and trust. Not always easy, I know!!

This is not to say that we don’t have free-will, we do. I believe we can change our life’s path at any time. But if we love our path and want to follow it, we can gain a lot of strength and courage by remembering we already plotted it out, knowing full well the challenges that would lie along the way.

The main message from my hip (my soul) today was to move forward. It made complete sense because, for many reasons, I’ve been looking backwards far too much recently.

On this occasion I got the message quickly. I am not always so quick on the uptake. There’s a message my body & soul have been trying to get me to understand for around seven years now and I think I am only just now beginning to get it.

There is absolutely no judgement about how long it takes, it might take lifetimes, it doesn’t matter.

What matters is that we listen to our bodies with an open heart and no judgement.  They really do seem to express what our souls want us to hear and learn.

I hope the message my hip and soul had for me today gives you another perspective on pain. On how our bodies are not our enemies, they are always, always doing the very best they can to support us and to help us learn and grow.

4 thoughts on “Moving Forward Or Looking Back? Messages From Body & Soul

  • December 14, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Thank you for sharing this experience Barbara. It is so helpful for me to remember to take a moment (or two) to be kind and to tune into my body with respect and openness. Sometimes in the busy ness of the day, I am so focused on getting things done that I see these communications as annoyances., even though I KNOW they are important messages. Your description of your process gives me yet another gentle reminder that I can (hopefully) turn to that will help me when my body communicates with me. Thank you for helping us to understand and acknowledge this innate, sacred source of insight and healing!

    • December 14, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Leslie. I agree, it’s not always easy but I honestly believe that it’s when we don’t listen to these gentle reminders and messages that we go on to be whacked by bigger ones! In that way, I view listening to these little messages not only as learning, but as preventative medicine!

      So much love and huge hugs,

  • December 14, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    As always I am so happy to read your articles.
    My back has been hurting me and throbbing and I forgot to ask my back why? Thank you for that reminder.
    I have been going through some family drama, back, support, etc …
    I must say that your meditation are some of my favorite.
    Thank you and I send you my plenty love and light.

    • December 14, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Hi Sabrina,
      Thank you so much for your kind comments about my articles and my meditations. I am so pleased my story reminded you to ask your body what was going on. It is so easy to forget to ask but that’s always where the answer really lies.
      Thank you also for your love and light, it is very much appreciated and sent back to you from my heart.

      Bless you,


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