Let’s Get Body Smart

31 Mar

Sometimes we need to take our own advice, and for me that means taking care of my physical self. In a year where I juggled two homes and families, cared for my mother during her cancer treatments, developed Sister Leadership’s vision, and advocated to bring women leaders together in spirit and in learning — I needed more and more to take care of me. And so, this year has also become the one where I have a personal trainer, a massage therapist, an acupuncturist and, let’s add the cherry to it all, was declared cured of cancer.

There is an undeniable bridge between our physical selves and our self-aware, productive selves. As you can see with our most recent interview with Danielle Robinson, there’s a vital component to leadership and giving forward, and that is in the body and in its ability to be grounded.

In our upcoming theme for Sister Leadership, we are diving into the physical connection to our body, and how that impacts leadership and spiritual intelligence. I’m really excited to integrate ideas that bang-on capture the mixture of physical and self-awareness in the different areas of the mind, and how they connect to the body.

While in Mexico on my retreat with my partner, I began reading books by Penney Peirce, including The Intuitive Way and Leap of Perception, and all the while, I kept saying to myself ‘YES, that’s exactly right. She is nailing it on the head!’

Penny discusses the different areas of our mind that have evolved over our existence. In particular, I found her discussion of the reptilian brain to be most intriguing. Our reptilian brain is deeply rooted in us and causes many unconscious behaviours that may not always be rational. She explained its impact as one of our three brains, suggesting that intuition is heightened when we can fully align them:

  • reptilian (unconscious fight/flight responses in our body),
  • limbic (emotions), and
  • neo-cortex (right and left brain thinking and creativity).

The kicker is that intuition flows in our body and that our body holds all the information from all the three brains. We just need to be more receptive to the signals and information instantly surfaces. Tapping into our intuition can be easy if our bodies are detoxed and healthy. More to come on that, but I think it’s a perfect little tease for our next series on Sister Leadership: Body Smart.

My own experience with body smart and awareness:

Like I mentioned, I’ve been working out quite a bit lately. My body feels in very good shape. And with this physical strengthening, I feel as though my intuition has been growing too! Here’s a story that will blow your mind. While planning to go to Mexico, I was in my office sorting through business cards. I came upon the card of a woman I had met and liked, and thought to myself how I should reach out and say hello. We should reconnect.

But then, I was off for my holiday and the idea passed. While in Mexico guess who I should come across? The very same woman! Can you believe that? I could hard believe it myself. But there she was, and just as my intuition had suggested, we spent the whole week touching base and enjoying one another’s company. What an incredible thing, and yet — not that incredible. As I become more comfortable and grounded within my body, these moments of serendipity seem to happen more and more often.

I won’t try to explain it here. All I’ll say is, we have a very interesting series of posts coming your way that will connect our physical sense of self to our bigger purpose, intuition and leadership styles.

Get ready to see, hear, taste and smell! We’re about to get Body Smart!

Till next week,




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