Dear Friends of Holistic-Ways,
Last week we started speaking about the oh-so important mind-body connection. The first topic we visited in this series was ‘mindful eating.’ Today, I’d like to write a little bit about ‘mindful movement.’ There are several techniques you can learn to create AWARENESS (remember, the secret word I like to use for problem-solving of any kind) within your everyday moves. However, why not go with this week’s top quote for a minute: “Without trying to change the way you are walking, simply observe how it feels. Just take a moment to observe it, notice it.”
In the same way we often eat our food without noticing the color, texture, temperature, smell, or taste of it, we are also guilty of walking through life without realizing how we get from point A to point B. How we set our feet down; toes first or heals first. Are you rolling off your feet more toward the outside or inside of them?
Here is a personal example, when I practice Yoga and stand in Mountain Pose (for those of you who do not know yoga, I’d like to explain that in this ‘move’ we have the feet parallel from one another about hip-width apart); so, if I practice Mountain Pose and I do so with my eyes closed, I feel that my feet are perfectly aligned with one another. Strangely, looking at my feet in the mirror, they are not. Hmmm… and when I shift my right food ever so slightly to make sure they are indeed parallel, I get this weird feeling of internal misalignment. So, where does this stem from? My answer to this question is: muscle memory of years and years of un-mindful stepping. Now, I intentionally make a point of trying to move through the uncomfortable feeling but really aligning my feet.
Another simple example would be clasping your hands. Have you ever noticed that when you do so, you always favor one hand above the other? And when you mindfully switch them out, there is this weird internal feeling of ‘unusualness’ again.
Working on small everyday physical challenges like the above mentioned can improve our mindful awareness to movements tremendously. I encourage you – just give it a try!
In addition, there are forms of physical exercise, which by the sheer practice of it will have the effect of getting us more in touch with our minds & conscious thinking while moving. Those forms of activity include Yoga and Tai Chi – so please, let me introduce them to you in the next paragraph.
For now, I would like to wish you a wonderful week with love, light and many smiles.
All the best,