So I’m in the middle of a Zumba class today – student, not teacher – and I found myself and my body suddenly not in this time or place, but in many – I felt the freedom of childhood, spontaneous movement, I felt that moment in my teens, when I knew I wanted to be a dancer – I felt every muscle in my body, connecting and flowing and having tooo much fun! My body spoke and I listened. How do you tune in to listening to the wisdom of this body . To fully develop body-wisdom, we must become aware of our bodies, something with which many of us have lost touch.
1. Breathe consciously and deeply from the belly.
I practice arriving 5-10 minutes early for appointments and using the time for slow conscious breathing (waiting at stop lights is another opportunity to practice deep breathing – don’t get to do that anymore since we don’t have any stop lights on the Vineyard)
2. Stretch often, deeply, luxuriously.
Focus on how the stretching muscles feel, not on how long it will take, what you have to do next, or your plans for the day. Focus only on you, your body, at that moment. The end of the day, just before bed, is my favorite time to stretch and I sleep more deeply because of it.
3. Think like a dancer (mindful movement)
As you go about your daily activities, think of yourself as a dancer on stage Focus on where each part of your body is, how it is moving. As you reach for something, be conscious not only of the goal but of the physical process of reaching for it and picking it up. Be consciously IN the body.
4. Practice yoga or a martial art.
Yoga is my favorite opportunity to practice pure mindful movement. Few activities so totally focus on the mind-body connection and on body awareness.
5. Include your body in your decision-making processes.
Check in, see how your body is reacting. Notice how your step lightens and your head lifts when you make a decision that feels good. At another time feel your shoulders tensing, your jaw tightening, your stomach contracting. I believe in trusting my “gut”.
6. Take notice of your body sensations.
Feeling the sand beneath my feet at the beach, the clean, coolness of fresh sheets, the ice cold bathroom tile floor on a winter morning. Being aware of your body in its environment & how you respond.
7. Receive a full body massage.
Quite possibly the only time since you were a baby, do you have the opportunity for this level of nurturing touch.
8. Infuse your body with energy.
Lie relaxed and breath deeply. Imagine the energy of breath entering your body as a golden ball. Gradually, with each successive breath, move that ball of energy throughout your body, taking one extremity at a time and slowly moving the energy through it and up to your torso. Move it through your entire body, head and face. Feel it energizing and smoothing the energies .
9. Exercise regularly.
By now you know all the reasons why exercise will improve your wellness and increase your longevity. It can also help you to become more body-aware.
1o. Practice a Gratitude Meditation
Every day, thank your body for how it has supported you through life – promise to treat it better – to honor it – to listen to it – to nurture it.
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