Friday, June 27, 2014

The Body-Mind: An Introduction

Our minds are constantly processing, evaluating, decision-making.  Our bodies function, for the most part, without much conscious thought.  So what happens when we bring our conscious awareness to the body? 

I’d like to offer a little experiment to explore the concept of body-mind connection: 

Take a moment to get comfortable in your chair.  

Place both feet on the floor and relax your shoulders.

Now take three relaxed breaths.

When I say the word feet, what is the first thought that comes to mind? You can make a mental note, or jot down notes.

Got it?

Now take three relaxed breaths again.

This time you will bring your awareness into your body and down into your feet…all the way to the soles of your feet.  You may want to close your eyes to do this.  What do you notice?  What is the sensation?  Stay with it for a few moments, breathing and “checking-in” with your feet.

Write down your experience.  How is this different than hearing/reading the word, feet?

Let’s take it one step further.

Holding awareness with your feet, stand up and walk around the room. 
What do you notice in your body as you add movement? 

Complete the exercise with three relaxed breaths.

Welcome to the body-mind - the awareness of a completely personal experience, your internal source of feedback.  It includes your whole life's experience in the present moment.  And you can access it simply by checking in.

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