Development of your mind-body relationship
Last week I wrote about a particular meditation called a 'body scan'. Although it was mentioned in the context of erectile dysfunction, many of you wrote to me for more explanation.
It's a wonderful way to get in touch with your physical self. It can be used not only by men for the problem mentioned above, but by anyone who wants to feel more grounded. It's useful if you're going through a difficult emotion such as grief or anxiety. It can be used by both genders to help overcome low libido and it's very helpful to do as part of a weight-loss programme. Very often, individuals who are unhappy with their body tend to dissociate from it. If you don't like to look at yourself in the mirror, this is for you. It helps insomniacs sleep.
Athletes also benefit tremendously from adding the body scan into their routine. Many athletes practice a 'mind over matter' philosophy when it comes to excelling in their chosen sport. Distance runners, for instance, train themselves to ignore their own pain signals. In my experience working with athletes, I've found that developing the mind-body relationship will help your game greatly.
So how do you do it? Like everything else concerned with mindfulness, it's deceptively simple. A great mindfulness teacher once told me that he really only knew about five or six things regarding meditation. In this field, persistence and patience doesn't give you breadth of knowledge, it gives you depth of knowledge. You too can experience a deeper awareness of your body by lying or sitting down in a place where you're not likely to be disturbed.
While just being, bring all of your attention to the physical space you occupy. I like to start at the head and work down to the feet. Slowly scan every section of your body and just notice what's going on. Don't judge it, just observe. If you notice an area of discomfort, become curious about it. If you notice an emotional impact on an area (ie, butterflies in the stomach, etc) examine it impartially. Your body will thank you for the attention.
- Joseph Pond is a clinical hypnotherapist, an acupuncturist, and a mindfulness instructor. He is co-founder of Hypnosis Explorers NI and conducts workshops in hypnosis with PowerTrance. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at https://www.facebook.com/Belfast Hypnosis/ ?ref=hl/?ref=hl