It's always with you. It shows you how you feel, and it affects the way you feel.
Of course I'm talking about your body.
Your body offers many opportunities to anchor yourself in the current moment. The feeling in your feet when you are walking, the tension and relaxation of the muscles in your face. And always, your breath.
Use these opportunities to come back to the present moment. To come back to what matters most.
Conscious movements can bring you into a (happy) flow-state. Dancing, pilates, yoga, martial arts, and many more require a conscious mind-body connection. Practicing this helps your mindfulness and physical health.
And finally, connecting with your body helps you to recognize negative mind states sooner. You feel if you're tired or hungry, sad or angry. And in noticing those feelings, you can acknowledge them and let them go.
Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life. – Thích Nhất Hạnh
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Weekly Mindfulness Practice
Start at the top of your head and gently scan down towards your toes. Don’t try to change anything in your body while scanning. Only notice.
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