Building a comfortable and honest relationship with our body is a practice we are already doing!
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I am drawn to the study and discussion of the mind-body connection and how this relationship can improve our health. In the yogic tradition, a good mind-body connection leads to strength, clarity, and acceptance. Positive qualities, such as happiness, calmness, openness, and generosity relax the mind, thereby improving our physical body. Easy peasy, right?
Sure, but let’s step back to the original postulation that our physical body and our mind are on the same page. In many circumstances, it is the nature of our thoughts that manifests our physical and emotional health. Neuroscience will confirm that critical thinking literally changes our brain chemistry. Our limiting habitual thoughts are what gets in the way of connecting with our bodies, not lack of physical ability, time, or resources.
The purest example I can think of is PLAY. As a kid, I don’t recall needing more than my parent’s permission to run around outside, ride a bike, go roller-skating, or kick a ball around in the backyard or park. I did not have to talk myself into play or clear my calendar, and I did not worry about how well I would play “Mother May I?” or what I was wearing.
We’re not kids anymore, but we can establish our own grown-up playground of mind-body techniques and chose to practice them daily. We can tap into the fun of childhood play and ignite our relaxation response known to flip off stress, reduce anxiety, and heal. Thourhg play, we can knowingly connect with the truest version of ourselves.
If movement--even a natural one like play--creates worry for you try, a visualization technique called “Mental Rehearsal.” A mental rehearsal exercise is a way to slow down, establish a clear, well-formed movement outcome and then match our feelings of pleasure with the desired outcome. It’s like a movement mental trial run! (See my video at the end of this post for detailed guidelines on a mental rehearsal exercise.)
This month, I challenge you to choose movement fueled by the natural, fun things we are likely already doing.
Make a Move
Celebrate the love in your life this month: have sex, or dance like no one is watching. When expressed in joy and with honesty, love pats are fun too!
Anyone up for making snow angels? Our bodies need sun and fresh air no matter the weather. Ice skating, walks, skiing, sledding, or throwing snow balls can help fight off the urge to hibernate.
Give yourself movement “props” for cleaning or doing household chores. Clearing clutter brings lightness and clarity into our physical environment, boosts creativity, and provides space for connection and purpose.
Daily movement allows us the gift to truly experience our authentic self - to connect with ourselves without rules, judgment, or comparison. As we become conscious of our body’s movement, we no longer relate to it as a concept loaded with images, thoughts, and limiting beliefs. By unleashing our strength and flexibility, movement becomes a way to thank our bodies for helping us experience life and a means to attract our authentic desires.
Julia’s love affair with food and cooking began when she was very young. Whether curious or just plain hungry, she always managed to find her way into the kitchen. As a health coach. Julia leads her clients on a transformational journey of self-discovery and habit changes, through which they land on a lifestyle of sustainable, impactful results. Her unique and authentic programs are founded on science-based psychology, brain science, intuitive listening, habit change, and healthy lifestyle design.
Connect with her on LinkedIn @JuliaGrimaldi.