The Nourished Nervous System Podcast

Episode 17 - Listen!  Your Body is Talking

Hosted by Kristen Timchak          

Show Notes

What does it mean to be a good listener?   To be present and listen without an agenda, and I believe to listen not only to the words spoken but also to body language, emotions and other subtle cues.  

The same is true when you listen to your body.  Your body is constantly talking to you through subtle nerve impulses and sensations and feelings and emotions.  Your body is speaking and your mind is interpreting what it is saying, so it is important to have a clear mind so that you don't misinterpret your body's cues.

In this episode:

  • You may have heard of interoception, but what is it?
  • How interoception may relate to emotions and the nervous system
  • Other ways you can listen to your body
  • The importance of getting quiet to listen, and my personal story of my mind misinterpreting my body's cues
  • How pushing through can affect your ability to listen
  • Some simple ways to begin listening

Related Episodes:

Episode 4 :  Nuts and Bolts of the Stress Response Cycle and How to Complete it
Episode 11:  Why What you Think Matters
Episode 13: Practice Being a Cat

Deep Rest Meditation:

Critchley HD, Garfinkel SN. Interoception and emotion. Curr Opin Psychol. 2017 Oct;17:7-14. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.04.020. Epub 2017 Apr 23. PMID: 28950976.


Schulz A, Vögele C. Interoception and stress. Front Psychol. 2015 Jul 20;6:993. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00993. PMID: 26257668; PMCID: PMC4507149.


Holzer, P. (2017). Interoception and gut feelings: Unconscious body signals' impact on brain function, behavior and belief processes. In H.-F. Angel, L. Oviedo, R. F. Paloutzian, A. L. C. Runehov, & R. J. Seitz (Eds.), Processes of believing: The acquisition, maintenance, and change in creditions (pp. 435–442). Springer International Publishing/Springer Nature.

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