What’s the difference, does it matter?
Mind Body or Body Mind-connection?
“Most psychologists treat the mind as disembodied,
a phenomenon with little or no connection to the physical body.
Conversely, physicians treat the body with no regard to the mind or the emotions.
But the body and mind are not separate, and we cannot treat one without the other”
– Author: Candace Pert
I believe many struggle because they’re disconnected from their body and aren’t aware of it. I’ve learned that many just don’t know what “Mind – Body means. There is too much mind today. That’s just the way our digital, virtual reality world works. In order to heal our bodies, our live, we need to get out of our heads and into our body. I say “Body Mind Connection” is one way I create more awareness to embody our physical, emotional and spiritual health.
My own healing journey has led me down many
Mind – Body rabbit holes. Let me explain.
So you’re searching for answers to your physical or emotional pain. You’ve discovered another, latest, greatest, best thing that’s going to take away the pain. You study up on it, you search out practitioners or therapists that you’re sure are going to finally give you the answers. Your results are, maybe mixed, you’re almost sure you saw some improvement, and then there’s still a continuation of the previous symptoms. You keep searching.
After decades of not seeing results, I started just not believing.
I became so skeptical, so I started doing my own research.
One program would lead to another program. I learned a lot, I still felt like I must not be on the right trail.
I felt I was looking for a depth I wasn’t being shown. The information was good, but there had to be more. Years later I understood why. I was being shown methods that were more of a talk therapy.
I didn’t set out to become a therapist, I was just searching for answers.
What I found most impactful for me, was a two step process. First acknowledging my emotional pain and second was moving the body.
For over a decade I taught practitioners body mind connection, from a psychosomatic perspective.
I was studying psychosomatic therapy when I found yoga.
The two practices became my healing elixir.
I marvelled at how one’s body told the story of their life.
I was into my third year of studying psychosomatics when I started a dedicated yoga practice.
The more my body healed from the yoga studio, the more time I spent there.
I started reading the bodies of those in my class. I had the best classroom after all. partially clothed, moving bodies of all shapes, sizes. I didn’t have to know what was going on in their life,
their bodies told their stories.
The following comes from my own experience and observing students as a teacher of psychosomatic
therapy for over a decade.
Related to mind-body therapies are therapies that use the body to affect the mind, such as yoga, tai chi, qigong, and some types of dance. Ultimately mind-body and body-mind therapies are interrelated: the body affects the mind, which in turn impacts the body (and the mind.)
that “mind” is not synonymous with brain. Instead, in our definition, the mind consists of mental states such as thoughts, emotions, beliefs, attitudes, and images. The brain is the hardware that allows us to experience these mental states.
Mental states can be fully conscious or unconscious. We can have emotional reactions to situations without being aware of why we are reacting. Each mental state has a physiology associated with it—a positive or negative effect felt in the physical body. For example, when you feel anxiety, it causes you to produce stress hormones. Many mind-body therapies focus on becoming more conscious of mental states and using this increased awareness to guide our mental states in a better, less destructive direction.
Positive feeling states are associated with healthier bodies, improved thinking, and enhanced decision-making capabilities. Intentionally invoking a positive feeling can enhance our ability to function in our lives.
How do you shift to a more positive state? It involves re-experiencing a positive emotional state and feeling it in your body (not just visualizing or talking about it). In less than a minute, you can shift an emotion, change your physiology, and become more effective and happier.
The mind, even though it’s physical and existing, can only think.
Only the actions of the body can give results. … A body cannot function well without the rules of the mind, and formed habits can make the body autopilot even without the help of the mind.
Best way to work with your body is to get out of your mind, connect with your breath and move consciously in correct physical alignment.
I choose Body before Mind to bring the awareness to the relationship we have with our body as a spiritual being having a human experience.