I'd like to hazard a guess though, that if we were in the practice of being more aware of our bodies on a regular basis, we might likely pick up subtle cues. We might notice that something isn't functioning quite right a lot sooner, adjust and prevent a repetitive movement injury. Usually, however, we wait until our body has had enough and needs to scream (excruciating pain!) to get our attention and care.
When was the last time you purposefully checked out how your body was feeling? If you meditate, or do yoga, perhaps you do this then, but consider doing it during the day while you are working or when you are running into the store or exercising at the gym.
Start today! Actually start right now! Let's start with a part our functioning that is very important, arguably the most important? You are probably sitting at the computer or using your mobile phone since you are reading this :) so focus your attention on your breathing. Just notice.
Are you breathing comfortably? Are you breathing through your nose or your mouth? Is there noise to your breathing? Scan your whole body while you sit and gently breath. Really bring focus on the parts of your body. What parts move?
Don't make judgement, not right now, just notice. Bring your focus to your face and jaw at the same time as you breath. Notice if there is any tension or tightness.
Now breath in deeply, feel what happens to your chest or your belly.
Next, hold your breath. Notice what happens to your body? Is there tension anywhere?
You can continue to do different things with focus
- breath all the air out and hold your breath. How long can you hold it?
- If you breath in through your nose, now purposefully breath in through your mouth. and if you breath in through your mouth, try to breath just though your nose. How does that compare?
- Take quick shallow breaths or push the air out forcefully.
- Or sigh! Sometimes I notice I'm sighing more than other times. It reminds me to take note of what's going on around me. Or whats going on within me.
Give attention to your breath more often throughout the day. You may find that how you feel, physically, mentally and emotionally can be connected to how you are breathing.