Our wandering brain
There is much to be gained from a mind-body connection
MINDFULNESS is easier said than done. Apparently, our mind spends close to 47% of its time wandering – dwelling on the past or anxious about the future – rather than focusing on what we’re actually doing.
There are various definitions and approaches to mindfulness, and it got me reflecting on what is true for me.
Mindfulness is, partly, being present in all that you do. For example, when you’re having a conversation, have a conversation, or when you’re eating, eat.
This means your brain and body are both involved in the same activity rather than focusing on different things, sort of multi-tasking except you’re not. Sounds simple enough, right?
Wrong. It’s not helped by the sensory overload we all experience these days and it seems to lead to many of us operating with mind-fullness rather than mindful-ness. So my current approach is to work on connection; mind-body connection.
We know it exists and we all experience it every day once it’s brought to our attention. Yet many of us choose to ignore it.
If you have experienced pain, tension or discomfort in your body and convinced yourself that everything was fine only to discover that something needed attention, whether physical or psychological, you’ll know what I mean.
Our mental clutter and the busy-ness of daily life disconnect us from our body’s wisdom and its regular messages.
However, we can recognise that things change when we are
Our mental clutter and the busy-ness of daily life disconnect us from our body’s wisdom
able to reconnect with that wisdom.
When we allow a non-judgmental flow of communication between the mind and the body, they start to work in harmony like a well-rehearsed orchestra, and we begin to feel more present and connected with our self, others and life in general, and there’s much to be gained from that.
So take a breath, reconnect, check in with your whole self and choose to Be. Here. Now.
Rowena Hardy is a facilitator, performance coach and partner of Minds Aligned: www.mindsaligned.com.au
Take a breath, reconnect and be present in all that you do.