Relationship with Your Body

It’s important to embrace the miracle of inhabiting your body. The vast majority of the time, you do not actually inhabit it. We are not usually aware of our bodies unless there is something wrong with them. You are in a relationship with your body, in the same way that you would be with a child. And, just imagine that you have a child and the only time you pay attention to him/her is when there is something wrong, otherwise you ignore him/her completely. Not very healthy! That child will grow up feeling neglected and unloved and that is what we do to our body. So, your relationship with your body is the most important one in your life. And you need to treat it with the utmost respect and caring. Also, your mind is always living in the past or the future. Your body is always in the present moment, which is the only place life happens.. But, it takes effort and motivation and dedication to live an embodied life. So, consciously take time out of your day to be with your body.

How do you do that? Just a couple of examples: 1) Do things in different way than you normally do to make sure you have to pay attention. A few examples: a) take 10 minutes out several times a day and walk at half speed. That will force you to pay attention. And notice what it feels like when your foot hits the ground, notice the air going in and out of your lungs. This is your “presence time” with your body. b) Blindfold yourself and walk around the house carefully for 10 minutes twice a day. c) Do things with the alternate hand – this is an important one because you can do it all the time – i.e. if you normally brush your teeth with your right hand, do it with your left hand. 2) Take a few times a day to just check in with yourself. Set an intention to reconnect with your physical and your emotional self. Go through each body part and notice whether there are any tensions or not, what is going on in that body part? If you do find tensions, breathe into them. Visualize them releasing out of your body through the breath. And, also, connect to each area of your body, visualize it as best you can, whatever comes up is fine, and talk to it. For example, if it is your heart area notice whether there is any tension in your chest area…if so, breathe into it and release it. And, then, visualize it as your energetic center of love and see – what shape does it have, what color what texture, what size.

And, ask it always start with a statement of gratitude, “thank you for being here for me all these years. Thank you for supporting me. Now, what can I do for you. How can I allow my love to manifest more fully in the world”. And see what comes for you and write it down. Whatever it is, incorporate it into your life practice. By being attentive to your body or specific body areas during the practice, you consciously influence where the energy goes. It leads to increased awareness. You can regain sensations, strength, calmness by focusing on a body area or quality that you’d like to strengthen. The energy blocks, tensions or pains you will encounter, are showing you the way. There is nothing wrong with you, but you can assume that there are areas where energy is blocked that you can learn to access and transform. And embodied practices are based on kindness with yourself. Every time you engage in an embodied practice, you make a choice of listening to your body and taking care of yourself. It is a discipline of self-care that, in my opinion, adds tremendously to self-confidence and overall health. Being kind to yourself is a prerequisite of being able to have empathy with others. There is much more, but these are some examples of how to lead a more embodied life. It is a very important topic. These exercises are a perfect adjunct to your breathwork practice. They are not hard, it is just that most people do not have a strong enough commitment to leading an embodied life to stay with them. You can also make up your own practices that work for you.

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