The function of this series is to go on an exploration of the body. Not so much from an anatomical perspective, although there will always be some anatomical anecdotes.
The goal is to re-acquaint ourselves with our bodies from the perspective of mind, body and soul.
We hope you will enjoy and please do the exercise for the week given after each blog.
First, here are some fun facts about the body:
· the human body contains nearly 100 trillion cells
· the human brain contains 100 billion nerve cells
· the average adult takes 20,000 breaths per day
· water makes up almost 50% of an average adult's weight
Have you ever imagined if your body could speak what it would disclose to you?
Many people hear their body only in terms of pain.
The body will say “ouch, my hip darling, please don't run around a rugby field 2 days out of a year in the summer time and sit the other 363 days at your office desk, or in your car, or in front of a computer or television. I think you understand where I am going with this one.
There are times when the body will speak about abdominal pain, or chest pain, or severe head pain, but this is for another topic. The topic today is learning to listen to your body, even when there is no pain. Peeling away the layers – I don't mean literally. Imagine just sitting still with your body and hearing it speak.
Have you ever felt your body hum with happiness while breathing in the fresh country air during a walk? Have you ever tuned into your body during a thunderstorm, what is it feeling? Have you tuned into your body when you exercise, the rapid beating of your heart, the increase in breaths, the perspiration beginning to glisten on the body.
Take a moment today, call it a “body speaks moment”, and listen – your body is this most incredible thing. It has the capacity to introspect and examine every cell, every function, it knows when there is something awry and will always attempt to repair itself. Many times if we listen, we will feel a sense of calm come over ourselves. This is one of the fundamentals of breathing in meditation, getting ourselves in tune with our body's breaths. The body is a wonder, it never ceases to amaze.
Exercise 1 - “body speaks moment” week 1 5 minute medicine
Listen for 5 minutes to your body – sit in a quiet space, no cell phone interruptions, no interruptions.
Set your timer for 5 minutes and just listen to your body – keeping your eyes closed – no sleeping though – this is a tuning in moment - just listening!
Please write down in a journal each day of this week, what you have discovered.
Feel free to share anything you wish with your experience here.