Our wan­der­ing brain

There is much to be gained from a mind-body con­nec­tion

Life & Style Weekend - - MIND - With Rowena Hardy

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

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Take a breath, re­con­nect and be present in all that you do.

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