It’s all interwoven. A tapestry that creates the wholeness of our humanity. The body, mind, and heart, all dancing as one unique display of grandeur. In the pursuit of living a life of wholeness, fully engaged with every season of the journey, there has to be an invitation to all elements of the self: the body, the mind, and the heart.
In this fast paced life, it’s easy to believe that sacrificing one part of our being is necessary, even honorable. We give up sleep for the sake of our to-do list. We forsake self-care in the name of selflessness. And yet, with every thread of our being seamlessly intertwined, the whole self must be cared for. When the body is nourished, the mind clears. As the mind clears, the heart exhales. With the heart’s exhale, the physical body is empowered to chase after every unique and brilliant calling.
WITH THE HEART’S EXHALE, THE PHYSICAL BODY IS EMPOWERED TO CHASE AFTER EVERY UNIQUE AND BRILLIANT CALLING.
YOUR WORLD NEEDS YOU, YOUR PRESENCE, YOUR HEART, AND YOUR MIND.
As an inspired advocate for living fully alive in body, mind, and spirit, I’ve compiled a short list to engage in mindfulness throughout the quiet or the busy spaces of the day. These are practices that can be done in the car, at the desk, or before your eyes even blink open to the dawn. Let’s show up together, inviting every part of our being to join right in on the dance of this wild life.
1. Mindfulness in the Body
Exhale. Deep belly breaths are a great ways to come back to your physical body. Inhale and let the belly expand and fill with air, keeping the shoulders rolled back in alignment with the hips. Pause to hold the oxygen in the lungs. Then exhale and feel as the belly button pulls towards the spine.
Engage in the senses. This sensory practices takes less than a minute and brings the body, mind, and heart back into alignment. Fill in the blanks with your current experiences: “I feel….I see.…I taste….I smell….I hear…..
2. Mindfulness in the Mind
Speak truth. It’s important to identify what lie you’re believing right now. Maybe it’s, “I’m not smart enough,” or “I’m falling apart physically.” Once you identify the lie, take a deep inhale, close the eyes, and whisper the opposite of the lie such as, “I am full of intelligence,” or “I am completely grounded and safe in my body.”
3. Mindfulness in the Heart
Let the music play. Music is a powerful way to recalibrate the heart. Put on a song that brings truth and light. Then sit in stillness for the duration of the song, moving only with your inhale and exhale. If you’ve never practiced stillness in this way, the three minutes might feel challenging at first, but keep at it!
If the concept of living with mindfulness and intention feels new or challenging, take it slow. There’s lots of grace. Start by incorporating short intervals of intentional deep breathing throughout your day. The mind and the heart will follow.
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