Welcome to Week 11 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-kit! My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others. So grab a journal and an accountability partner to make these practices even more powerful for you!
In last week’s post we discussed why the body is critical to authenticity. Did you find instances this week where you were fully present to your senses and listening to your body? How did that feel?
So how does intuition really work anyway? Like a lie detector test, our bodies tell us when we’re being authentic and when we’re not. According to Richard Strozzi-Heckler, author of The Leadership Dojo, when we work with the body, we get in touch with our core life energy – our aliveness. It’s the life force that moves through all of us. In various cultures, this force or energy is also known as chi or prana.
Have you ever experienced a visceral reaction when a decision just felt right?
Our bodies actually have two brains: the one in our skull and the lesser-known but vitally important one in our gut, which is technically the enteric nervous system. The gut contains one hundred million neurons. The gut sends signals about our emotions to our other brain, likely working together in decision making.
Our Brains and our guts, in unison, are more reliable as an internal GPS than our brains alone. Our Gut reactions give us access to our emotions and sense of fulfillment which we feel deeply in our bodies.
As we expand our ability to focus our attention on the full experience as felt in the body of what is happening now, we expand our capacity for self-awareness (what creates joy, sadness, and anger), a critical step to authenticity.
Focusing our attention on the body helps us experience and hold on to our own authenticity.
This Week’s Tool:
Question to ask yourself: When did I have a visceral reaction to something or someone? What did I learn from that experience about how good my body is as my GPS?