It is indisputable that mindfulness was a revolution that highlighted the importance and relevance of being present in the here and now to members of Western society who longed to have more space in their minds and greater well-being.
The Woman Post | Blanca Mery Sanchez (@soyblancamery)
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Advances were generated in topics of contemplative and corporal neuroscience with new lines of study related to understanding the connection between the body and the mind and it was right there where bodyfulness arose from the hand of Christine Caldwell who, accompanied by the Buddhist teacher and reference in mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh managed to create an accompaniment based on movement therapy and that in his own words “was not limited to the healing process, but also fostered personal growth, creativity, evolution, and transformation.”
Other techniques that are increasingly being studied for the positive impact they have are Chi Kung, Tai Chi, and Qigong which can be considered precursors of bodyfulness and which have been detailed in studies carried out by Harvard University as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with aging, says Peter M. Wayne, assistant professor at the Osher Research Center at Harvard Medical School and director of the Tai Chi Research Program and Mind-Body.
Every day it is more frequent to find serious scientific studies in which it is possible to see how there is a communication between the body and the brain that occurs through different routes and one of the main ones is the somatosensory cortex, which is responsible for perceiving and interpreting the information from the body such as posture and touch giving them meaning in people's lives.
Among the advantages of these practices is that they can be easily adapted for anyone regardless of age or mobility status, which is why they are accessible for people who use wheelchairs, have a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or are older adults. Within them, breathing exercises, energy, and in some cases body flexibility are integrated.
Recognizing the way the body and the brain interact is very exciting as it allows us to make small adjustments to improve overall well-being, among which are:
-Perform breathing exercises several times a day to calm down and reduce stress.
-Include Meditation in everyday life.
-Practice Chi Kung or Tai Chi exercises with the help of internet videos.
-Adjust your diet by consuming foods such as kefir and probiotics.
-Integrate mindfulness into day-to-day activities.
There are more and more possibilities to increase well-being in our lives, it all depends on the decision we make to have openness and sustained effort to experience a positive lifestyle that contributes to our good living.
Do not forget that you have the power to make this knowledge impact many other women, so remember to share it so that every time we are many more in this community.