Who’s The Fool?

Many years ago I worked at a place where my co-workers and I had a lot of fun together. We were always laughing and being silly, and our team was still the most productive in the firm. But I’ve never been a practical joker. I don’t know why. Most other people – including my co-workers – seemed to enjoy them, but I just didn’t get it.

One year I had the opportunity to pull off a “great” practical joke, and so I tried it. But before I even got to the “April Fools” part, before my friend even had a chance to get worked up over the potential (fake) disaster, I had developed a huge knot in my stomach. I simply wrote it off as “butterflies” or “nerves,” but I now know that it was really my body’s way of telling me that I was acting in a manner that was incongruent with my true self.

I continued on with the practical joke and in the end, my friend did become upset – for about 10 seconds. But I was upset for about 10 days. My gut was trying to tell me something, but I didn’t listen.

Our bodies are the physical expression of the Divine essence that is us. And as such they tell us everything we need to know. They tell us when we are hungry, and what we are hungry for. They tell us when we are full. They tell us when we need to move, and when we need to rest. They give us those magical “hunches” and tell us when something isn’t quite right. They tell us what emotions we are feeling, and they tell us if we are in alignment or not.

Our bodies are arguably our greatest ally. So the next time your body tells you something – stop and listen. Otherwise, it just may be you who ends up the April’s fool.