When your mind expands your body relaxes.
If I asked you what it felt like when your mind is cluttered and moving at a fast pace from one thing to the next how would you describe the feeling in the body? Take a moment now, close your eyes and go in.
What can you feel?
How does it feel?
You see when we are moving at a fast pace in our minds we forget about our bodies. Our body responds to our thoughts by taking action. When our body receives clear instruction from the mind it knows what to do, but when the message is messy and unorganised the body becomes tense, our breathing shortens and by the end of the day, we find ourselves feeling stressed, anxious, tight and tired. We literally tie ourselves in knots.
When you practice mindfulness you are saying to your body, I’m here, I hear you, what do you need?
When we stop to examine our thoughts during our mindfulness practice we begin to understand what our stressors are and how those stressful thoughts play out in the body.
You start to understand the body-mind connection.
When we are armed with this information we can become more discerning with our thoughts recognising when certain thoughts are useful and when they are not. Through being more mindful you see thoughts arise and thoughts leave without latching on so that you can create a more expansive mind.
An open sky mind. A relaxed body.
Look up and watch how the clouds come and go in the vastness of the sky above the next time you are outside.
Thoughts are like clouds passing overhead, they come and go.
Stop for one minute today, close your eyes, take a deep breath and allow yourself to arrive in the present.
Feel your feet on the ground, let your body know you are there and you are listening by watching your breath.
What does it need right now?