Much has been said about the mind body connection, yet how many of us fully understand the implications of living with this natural bond? Powerful self-change can be initiated at the intersection between body and mind. The body-mind connection is a key that opens many doors to personal growth and increasing self-mastery. Below are some ideas on where to start.
The thing to understand about the connection between body and mind is that it is much more than merely a connection. Two separate things can be connected, yet the body and mind aren't separate (although they may superficially appear that way).
The true relationship between body and mind is more accurately described as a reflection rather than a connection. The body and mind are reflections of one another. The body is a tangible reflection of the mind. The mind a hidden reflection (and manifestation) of the body.
When we understand the mind-body connection in this way we are in a great position to make leaps and bounds in personal growth, self improvement and motivation. This knowledge becomes a powerful launching pad for positive change.
Attitude is a powerful example of how body and mind reflect each other. To create a positive or negative attitude - both body and mind need to be brought into play. If all we do is talk positively, but at the same time we fail to take positive action, then are we really cultivating the positive attitude we intend to?
What is attitude walks you through an exercise that helps to instantly experience the indelible connection between your body, your mind and your attitude. It shows how they all operate as one. Can you generate a negative attitude without the bodily posture that compliments it? Read the article to find out.
Thinking happens in the mind. Feeling happens in the body. Descartes' well known proclamation, "I think, therefore I am" can have some powerful implications. The influence of thought on feeling is the mind-body connection in action.
Feeling is thought - embodied. The thoughts of the mind become feelings in the body. We feel what is going on in the mind. This is how working with self-affirmations or inner-talk can bring about lasting behavioral changes in those who apply themselves daily.
As we think - so we feel. As we feel - so we act. As we act - so we are. These are manifestations of the stepping stones of out-of-the-mind self improvement and motivation. They are manifestations of the body-mind connection unfolding.
We experience and live with the body. We direct, and create proactively, with the mind. Combining both in daily practice is a key to strong progress and consistently improving results. If fitness, for example, is one of your personal self-improvement goals you may find these weight-loss affirmations helpful to your efforts.
"Knowing the path and walking the path are two different things."
Knowing the path is important, but it is not enough. Knowledge is a good beginning, but not an end in and of itself. Once knowledge is ours we instinctively want to know what we can do with it. This is of the highest value.
Knowledge is meant to be used.
The mind knows. It is then up to the body to carry things out. Once we know where we are headed we can then move into action, decisively. We can use these, and other, self-improvement techniques to help with challenges and obstacles we encounter along the way.
Knowing the path inspires us to then walk the path. Inspiration wells up in the body. It is a resourceful and uplifting energy that carries us right out of the mind - into action. This is how daily inspiration helps us to strive, and ultimately, thrive.
Harnessing the mind body connection in daily practice helps us call on the power of habit to better our lives. When effort becomes habituated, we no longer have to try so hard. Striving and thriving becomes habitual too.
To assure that you are stepping out-of-the-mind, to actually realize what you know inside, make a habit of asking yourself these questions, 'What new practices have I incorporated into my life lately?' 'What new habits of body and mind am I cultivating on a regular (ideally daily) basis?' Asking these questions help us keep our eyes on the ball and our feet on the path.
Proactive change begins from within, yet it can be influenced and shaped by external forces as well. In fact, it is often the combination of inner (mind) and outer (body) influences that determines the quality and ease of change we experience or create.
Ultimately, the greatest degree of control we have over the changes we want to make is within. Nothing but ourselves can stop us from being proactive within the confines of our very own mind. Self-hypnosis is a useful tool to help bring our proactivity to the fore in the face of subconscious resistance or fear.
The external environment we live in also influences the ease of change we can make. We do well to proactively design our living environment in such a way that it contributes to our overall efforts. A positive environment from without helps us cultivate a positive environment from within. Positive self-talk comes naturally then.
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