Listening to your body: how your belly tells everything about your emotional life

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Listening to your body: how your belly tells everything about your emotional life
This article may make you look at your belly differently than you are used to. Energetically speaking, it is the resonance box of your emotional life: your belly largely determines how happy you are with your life. This article encourages you to nurture your tummy and, above all, to listen to him.

Often your gut has already picked up on something before your brain does and you become aware of it.

A valuable body part

The abdomen is a much-discussed part of the body. Unfortunately, often in a negative sense: we think it’s too fast, it hurts, it gets in the way… Many people have something to complain about their stomachs. I myself have done that for a long time. My sensitive digestion and the bloated stomach that came with it, made me see my stomach as a disturbing element. And not as a valuable part of myself.

But that’s it! Your belly is a very important part of who you are. It houses all kinds of essential organs for digestion, reproduction and waste processing. But from an energetic point of view, your belly is also the sound box of your emotional life: your belly largely determines how happy you are with your life.

Listening to your body: how your belly tells everything about your emotional life

Registering and processing incentives

You can divide the abdomen into three layers: the upper abdomen, the middle abdomen, and the lower abdomen. Each part plays a role in registering external stimuli and forming feelings about them. The most subtle and fleeting feelings resonate mainly in the upper part of your soundbox, the more fundamental feelings, and primal feelings, especially in the lower part of your belly.

Upper abdomen: your reaction to the outside world

Your upper abdomen starts directly below your diaphragm and ends at the level of the lower ribs. Your liver, gallbladder, stomach, and pancreas are located here. This is the place where ‘fleeting’ feelings are perceived. They come very quickly and can in principle also be gone quickly.

The feelings don’t necessarily have to be about yourself; it is mainly your first reaction to things from the outside. For example, irritation about someone’s behavior or disgust about something you hear or see on TV, but which does not have to be directly about you. But also nerves for something you have to do can be very well felt in this area.

You could say that the upper abdomen lets you hear the higher sounds of your feeling. It is the feelings that arise within you while you are interacting with the outside world. Although they are fleeting feelings at first, they can of course link up with a deeper feeling that was already inside you. This way they stay longer than you would like.

Mid abdomen: what do you show of yourself?

Listening to your body: how your belly tells everything about your emotional life

Your mid-abdomen starts below the lower ribs and extends to about two fingers below the belly button. You could also call this the navel area. This is where a large part of the intestines is located. Energetically, the navel is and remains the point where you were connected to your mother’s body in the womb. Here you were given the building blocks of life. Even though the umbilical cord is long gone, this point remains an entrance for creative power like you received from your mother.

Translated into the feeling, the mid-belly is, therefore, an important area for creativity and sexuality. It is the mid-tones of the sound box that determine how you present yourself to the world. Feeling free, daring to express yourself, wanting to be seen: these are all feelings that are perceived in the middle abdomen.

If you feel limited in your freedom by something or someone or if you think that there is no place for your desires, the middle abdomen is the first to register this. Something to keep in mind if you often experience pain or cramps in that area.

Belly: who you really are

In your gut it’s not about the feelings about what you show of yourself to the world, but about the feelings about who you really are. About your existence, about your being. Here lies your origin, your core. The lower abdomen runs from just below your belly button to the bottom of your pelvis. This area contains the genitals, your bladder, and the lower part of the intestines.

This is where the deepest sounds resonate in your stomach: your primal feelings. In your lower abdomen, you experience feelings of safety or, on the contrary, (death) fear. You feel at home in the place where you are or just unheimlich. Your gut knows whether you can be open-minded or on the contrary. This is your gut feeling, your instinct.

In the case of negative experiences, the echo of the deep, slow sounds of the lower abdomen can resonate for a long time, while the actual ‘unsafe’ situation may have long since passed. The organs in this area can also suffer from this, which can manifest itself in physical complaints such as bladder infection.

The knot in your stomach

Perhaps it is the first time that you look at your belly in this way: as a sound box for your feelings. But it is certainly not new that we register and process feelings in our stomach. Often your gut has already picked up on something before your brain does and you become aware of it.

Concepts such as ‘gut feeling’, ‘knot in your stomach’, and ‘butterflies in your stomach’ do not exist for anything. That is also why bodywork is so important when processing traumatic experiences or stress, for example. Because we do not only process stimuli with our brains, but with our entire body.

Hug your belly

Listening to your body: how your belly tells everything about your emotional life

Hopefully, this article will also make you realize how important it is to recognize and nurture this body part. Taking good care of your belly means taking good care of your emotional life. Help your belly to let go of feelings that no longer belong to you and to allow fine feelings about the self. Instead of guilt, shame, and disapproval, your belly needs love. If your belly can be there, you can be there.

If your belly is fed with things that are easy to digest, then all the feelings that are in you can also be digested in a healthy way. That food literally consists of food and drink, but also of information that you may or may not allow to come to you and situations in which you may or may not place yourself. Make real contact with your belly today and ask it what it needs.

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