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More Than Mindfulness #5: How does stress show up in my body?

This week, we build on last week’s practice about stress. At Lifehouse Body & Soul, we are particularly interested in the mind-body connection. We believe that our bodies are one of our clearest maps to the parts of us that need healing.

As we learn to listen to our bodies, rather than ignoring them, complaining about them, or quickly popping pills to shut them up, we can uncover a wealth of understanding about what our souls truly long for.

This meditation guides the viewer through a gentle body scan based in traditional body wisdom. Ancient traditions associate different parts of the body with different mental/emotional dynamics. As we open our minds and hearts to truly listening to and honoring the body’s signals, we gain access to unprecedented ways to love ourselves better, and can truly heal what keeps complaining.

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More Than Mindfulness #4: How can Mindfulness help me deal with stress?

This week, we talk about how mindfulness can help us deal with stress. Mindfulness is, in fact, at the cutting edge of stress management. From Jon Kabat-Zinn‘s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction to the Wim Hof method, the benefits of strategies that reconnect us to our bodies and train our minds are so powerful and clearly documented, that they have created great interest in the scientific community.

At Lifehouse Body & Soul, we provide a structure to help people establish and commit to a Daily Practice of simple mindfulness tools and meditation. This consistent practice creates muscle memory that can actually transform the way we move through life. One of the biggest shifts you will see if you commit to such a practice is a huge improvement in the way y9u are able to manage stress.

In order to work effectively with stress, we have to understand where it comes from. You might consider how you experience stress? Let’s return to the four aspects of self: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Physical: Where do you feel stress in your body? What parts of your physical body often feel tight, or experience chronic pain?

Emotional: How does stress manifest in your emotional self? What emotions typically arise when you find yourself in a stressful situation?

Mental: Let’s pause here–because I am going to suggest that THIS part of you is the birthplace of your stress.

This week, let’s try an experiment: any time you feel stress, you might try to trace it back to the thoughts that created the stress. Were you focusing on the past? The future? Were you obsessing about a problem? Comparing yourself to somebody else? Were you believing that life was supposed to be another way?

You might observe yourself, and watch how these types of thought patterns create physical responses or tightening in the body. You might observe how your emotions build and respond to these types of thoughts with unhelpful, protective, or distracting emotional reactions that somehow help you cope with the stress of your fearful thinking.

Through mindfulness, we learn to re-train the mind to rest in the spiritual self, which we can find in the present moment, through the body. We use anchors of breath, contact points, and the aliveness of the inner body to redirect our awareness and find what can seem so elusive in this fast-paced, modern world.

We find rest.