also: paying attention
The body-based approach to awareness I practice, uses your physical being as an anchor in reality. So whenever you feel you get stuck, you can find your own movement – in your body and life – again by bringing your attention back to your physical being. In this sense, paying attention to the body is one way of increasing your presence, awarness and subsequently to regain agency.
THE BODY-MIND DUALSM
Maybe due to Descartes separation of body and mind or an evolutionary development, the mind is often considered superior to the body. We tend to spent a majority of our attention on our mental awarness more than on our emotional and physical awareness. This can lead to an imbalance and get us to a state where we feel stuck.
GET UNSTUCK: RECONNECT WITH THE BODY
The body is your anchor in reality. By starting to pay attention to your body (or specifically certain body parts) again, you can (re)connect body and mind. They are complementary and not exclusive of each other. Breathing also helps. 😉 It re-establishes flow and aligns the different levels of awareness.
The act of paying attention to your body increases your presence and awareness of yourself and your surroundings. It is what makes your experience of life richer, unique and full.
Most often we avoid unpleasant feelings or sensations. To not feel them, we withdraw our attention – away from the emotion or physical sensation that goes with it and shift it to the mind. We do this by contracting, shrinking, ignoring, distracting ourselves (by thinking for instance). By reconnecting with the parts that you have neglected, you have the possibility to regain qualities that have been blocked.