Why You Should Maintain a Mind-Body Practice
I'm a huge believer of the whole concept that thoughts become things. What we think, we are able to manifest in our lives. This can be both enlightening and positive as well as destructive and negative. For example, constantly having negative thoughts that you're not "good enough" will eventually lead to you believing those thoughts. This can eventually snowball out of proportion into a list of problems - social issues, mild depression, a lack of motivation to look after one's self, etc. The mind is a powerful tool and in my opinion there are many of us that allow this powerful tool free range to destruct rather than build. If you can form a negative thought that turns into a negative belief about yourself or your world, guaranteed you can form a positive one as well. But how do you know what negative thought patterns or core beliefs you have that are impacting how you view yourself or your world? This is where mindfulness, or mind-body practices come into play.
Mind-body practices are becoming more of a commonplace in our culture. From meditation to yoga to walking meditations and Qi Gong, there are a number of options to choose from and explore. My personal favourite is yoga because it implements movement as well as attention to emotions and physical orientation. Plus it's an expression of creativity through movement, which I love. Yoga has allowed me to become more comfortable within myself - after all, you can't exactly take a break from being you, so you might as well enjoy the mind and body you live in! If you want to learn more about my yoga experience beyond this journal post, take a look at my Mind Body Green article here.
I love the concept that we are all onions (or peonies, they also work for this analogy!). We are layers upon layers of complexity that have shaped us to become who we are today. From childhood experiences to our relationships with friends and family, our beliefs about ourselves and the world have been shaped by our experiences and interactions. Mind-body practices are an amazing way to bring attention to inner thoughts. Just like that onion, we need to peel through our layers to explore the beliefs that we have about our inner and outer worlds and how they may be impacting us in beneficial or destructive ways.
Mind-body practices allow us to recognize our thoughts and explore why we do the things we do or why we have the thoughts we have. We are what we have manifested and if we aren't exactly happy with it, we have the ability within ourselves to change. We can have what we want, all it takes is a step back from our thoughts, an observation of them and a shift in our perspective.
There's no better time than now to start implementing a mind-body practice. After all, we only have one body and one mind to live in, might as well make it the best home you could possibly imagine. What beliefs to you have about yourself or the world that are ready to be challenged and explored?