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Grounded in Motion: Connecting with Your Body to Free Your Mind

Updated: Jul 2

Humans consist of an average of 60 percent water, which means that more than half of our body is fluid. This inherent fluidity is a fundamental aspect of our nature, suggesting that movement is an integral part of our existence. However, many of us often find ourselves feeling stuck in life, caught in a cycle of overthinking and resistance to change. Understanding and leveraging the connection between physical movement and mental well-being can be the key to getting unstuck and reclaiming our lives.

The Paralysis of Overthinking

Feeling stuck often stems from resisting change and clinging to familiar but unsatisfactory situations. Whether it's a job that no longer fulfills us, a relationship that has run its course, or a living situation that feels suffocating, we hold on because it's the "reasonable" and "safe" option. Our minds convince us that moving on is terrifying, making the unknown seem more daunting than the misery we know. This mental paralysis traps us, but the good news is that we can break free by shifting our focus from our heads to our bodies.

Mind-Body Connection

Our bodies are designed for movement. Physical activity not only strengthens our muscles and keeps us healthy but also plays a crucial role in mental clarity and emotional stability. When we move, we connect with our bodies and ground ourselves in the present moment, effectively quieting the constant chatter of our minds. This connection can help us break free from the cycle of overthinking and fear.

Starting Small: The First Step

Getting unstuck starts with small steps. Simply going for a walk can make a significant difference. Walking not only gets your body moving but also sends a signal to your mind that it's safe to move forward in life. The fresh air, changing scenery, and rhythmic motion can bring new perspectives and insights, helping you feel more at ease and open to possibilities.

Exploring Different Forms of Movement

Here are some other ways to incorporate movement into your life to help you get unstuck:

  • Traveling: Exploring new places and cultures can refresh your mind and provide a new outlook on life. The different energies and experiences you encounter can inspire change and growth.

  • Taking a Class: Learning something new can invigorate your mind and body. Whether it's a dance class, yoga, or a new hobby, engaging in a new activity can break the monotony and open up new avenues for personal development.

  • Yoga: This practice combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to enhance physical and mental well-being. Yoga can help you become more attuned to your body and calm your mind.

  • Dancing: Moving to music is a joyful way to release tension and express yourself. Dance can boost your mood and provide a sense of freedom and creativity.

  • Hiking or Walking: Spending time in nature and engaging in physical activity can be incredibly grounding and revitalizing. The natural environment can soothe your mind and invigorate your body.

  • Swimming: The fluid movement of swimming can be both relaxing and energizing. It's a full-body workout that also allows you to experience the calming effects of water.

  • Gardening: Connecting with the earth and nurturing plants can be a therapeutic way to get moving. Gardening combines physical activity with the satisfaction of seeing something grow and flourish.

Embracing Change

Taking action, even small steps, can lead to significant changes. As you begin to move and explore new activities, you'll likely find that your fear of change diminishes. Movement creates opportunities for new experiences and growth. While it's important not to force yourself, trusting your instincts and giving yourself a gentle push can help you avoid stagnation and embrace the positive aspects of change.

In conclusion, our fluid nature as human beings suggests that movement is essential for our well-being. By getting out of our heads and into our bodies, we can break free from the feeling of being stuck. Embrace physical activity, explore new experiences, and allow yourself the freedom to move forward in life. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step—take that step today and unlock the potential for something great to happen.

And at the Deep Reset Weekend Retreat, we offer movement as a part of the experience through hiking and yoga. Tanya Cole-Lesnick and I are hosting this private women's weekend retreat at the beautiful and historic Perkins House October 4-5. Hurry, discounted prices end soon!

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