The mind and body connection was newly documented last month in an article from NATURE.
How we move has an impact on how we feel... and how we feel is going to have an impact on how we move.
• Breathe in: calming your body.
• Breathe out: smiling
The motor cortex was found to be interwoven: with body-controlling mechanisms connected to organs, connected to your to-do lists. The data says that if stand up straight, you'll feel better… (Does that sound like a good mother?)
Textbooks previously showed an unbroken ribbon of cortex, with segments devoted to specific muscle groups, like the tongue or a toe. But scientists were seeing areas between these segments that were not in textbooks, and these areas were not controlling muscles. It's a checkerboard pattern. Specific body parts-like your fingers and your hand, were integrated essentially in the whole-body action.
The interleaved system probably helps explain the mysterious connection between what's going on in our bodies and what's going on in brain areas involved in thoughts and emotions. The region that controls your finger is connected to a region that has something to do with like, what am I going to do today…
This very non-linear connectivity gives us real power over our reactions of stress to any situation before us… If how we feel is related to how we move and how we move is related to how we feel…then we have a powerful tool for feeling better… now.
We are connected in mystery and a miracle.
Here is Thich Nhat Hahn’s directions again for mindful breathing. You have to breathe anyway…. so it takes no longer to breathe mindfully:
• Breathe in: think of calming your body.
• Breathe out: actually smiling
When I do this, I find that smiling is viral… it spreads throughout my body. It changes me and … that changes the room.
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