Have you ever said to yourself, friends, family, even medical professionals: “I have this bad (insert ____ body part) and I feel (insert ____ emotion).”? The most frequent thing Dr. KT hears from her clients is “I have a bad back or neck”. It is important you understand that the body listens and begins to believe what you tell it. So, if you are continually referring to your body as being bad it will begin to embody that on a physical level. The symptoms you are experiencing are your body’s crying for help. Your body is saying “pay attention to me”! Symptoms do not equate to the origin of the dysfunction, says Dr. KT, but rather she teaches a different way to think about how your body talks to you…
By being mindful of how you talk to your body, is precisely what going to facilitate the awareness of how your body talks to you. A wonderful mindfulness practice is Vipassana meditation: a Buddhist meditation technique that involves an observation of self-exploration of the interconnections of the mind and body by attuning one’s attention to the sensations in the physical body. To practice this mediation, you can simply perform a body scan while laying in bed or sitting in a chair:
Begin at your head and scan down towards the feet, just noticing the sensations of your body. Aim to just notice, and if you must label the sensation – label it pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. This will begin to tune your awareness into your body with neutral words that are not emotionally stimulating.
So how do these 3 mindfulness practices lead to a longer life?
Mindfulness leads to longevity simply because you are more aware of your internal experience. The more time you spend nourishing yourself with the present moment, it is more time you are building a lifelong relationship with yourself. Life is eternal in the present moment. Mindful breathing, eating, and body talk are simple ways you can cultivate awareness to the present moment. Longevity is rooted in one’s ability to maintain health and vitality for a lifetime. Mindfulness simply enhances your longevity by keeping you eternally present to the timeless nature of now.
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