by Brendan Mooney, Australia
I am learning more and more that when I align my body to love, my mind takes care of itself.
When I choose to be loving with myself it becomes much easier to make choices on a moment-to-moment basis that actually are loving and caring for my body. For example, it could be as simple as choosing to walk gently and with presence to the photocopier machine at work. Or it may be choosing to drink a glass of water by keeping my mind on this activity only (not allowing my mind to wander) and feeling my full presence as I drink it. It is quite amazing (and fun!) to feel the difference that these simple and practical choices make to the quality of my day.
Simply focusing my mind gently on whatever movement I am currently doing allows me to feel very with myself in that moment, and I feel totally equipped to handle the current situation I am presented with. Choosing to add quality of presence to my movements and activities assists me in keeping things simple (because I am only doing one thing at a time) and allows me to make decisions with clarity. Life becomes easy, even in challenging situations, as long as I hold my quality of presence. With this quality I have found my life to be far more enjoyable and meaningful as a result, all from the choices I have made for myself on a daily basis.
In honouring my body, I can feel that it is also very important to say ‘no’ to those things I have identified that are harming to my body. For example, when I go for a walk I can now feel when my body has had enough exercise for that day, and so I stop. As another example, if I feel that after a particularly long day at work that my body is more tired than usual, I might exercise a little slower and for a shorter period of time. Exercising in this way feels very honouring to myself because the way I am exercising is based on feeling what is most supportive for my body in that particular moment. This way of exercising is much more fun compared to times in the past when I would follow an exercise routine without any regard for what I may be able to physically handle on any given day.
I remember doing vigorous exercise even on days when my body was feeling really exhausted because that was what my exercise program said I should do. I have learned that whilst exercise is obviously beneficial to our bodies, it is important to also feel what is the most supportive for the body on a moment-to-moment basis. In this way, I can feel that I have brought an element of flexibility to my exercise program, and I can feel that my body exercises with ease as a result.
I can feel that when I am loving with my body, my mind naturally has loving thoughts. How cool is that! To me this has become a basic way of living, for if I do not take loving care of my body how can I expect to have a mind that sees things clearly, with ease, and in respect of everyone around me? I have learned that my mind is very much influenced by how well I am taking care of my body.