The Power of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is simply paying attention to the present moment on purpose without judgement.
In other words, you might think of it as being aware, being present, noticing things, or simply being in the moment with where you are and what you are doing as you are doing it.
Mindfulness is free. Any time, anywhere. Awesome right? Because it's something inside of you that you choose to do. Sort of like breathing deeper or paying attention to your breath or how your body is feeling all mindfulness practices.
Mindfulness and movement can go hand in hand. When we connect the two something almost "magical" can happen.
When we pay attention to our feet, the weight of our body, our muscles, the sensations, our breath and notice when we feel "done" with an exercise or a movement, we can better treat our bodies and care for them.
Mindfulness is a tool that you can use for your overall well-being each and every day.
"Putting your mind into your muscle", we have talked about this before. Thinking about what you are doing while you are doing it. Squeezing or contracting your muscles to get the most out of your movement and noticing the feelings and sensations in your body as they are happening to build body awareness and allow yourself to build that inner compass to help guide you through your exercise routine to know when to slow down, speed up, work harder, less hard, more, less, or none at all.
Making the mind-body connection is an extension of the mindfulness concept. It's when we bring breath into the equation. Take a moment before you start an exercise and tune into the breath then notice the body. Then connect the two, feeling your whole body breathe. Noticing that the breath needs the body and the body needs the breath.
What are your thoughts on these concepts and how are you adding them to your daily life and movements?
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Author notes: I’d like to recognize the privileges that have impacted my health and perspectives. I identify as cisgender, able-bodied, I was raised middle class, I am college educated, I have thin privilege, have access to health care and insurance, I have benefited from being in a straight passing relationship and I benefit from being identified as being white.
I have thin privilege. I believe it’s key to have open discussions about this topic to help bring awareness of it and to also reduce the stigma around weight.
By acknowledging thin privilege, we can recognize that people in smaller bodies have not experienced or been exposed to stigmatizing events that people in larger bodies have.
By recognizing my many privileges and having these important conversations I hope to help fight the oppressive systems of fatphobia and diet culture and other systems that impact underserved and marginalized communities.
I acknowledge that the land on which I live and work is the traditional and unceded territory of the Abegweit Mi’kmaq First Nation.