Inner Well Being
As of November 2017 I have been in my new exercise practice for two years. I think I finally get it. Connecting and engaging mind and body as one being!
Also, find and do what brings you joy and happiness when it comes to health, wellness and fitness! Why continue doing something that feels like a chore and that you really loathe. Bring playfulness and fun to it!
I do a self check in how I am feeling before exercising now. Am I tired and in need of a second wind or a slow down. Is my mind racing and my body ready to go. What am I in need of (i.e. relaxing, cardio, etc.).
You truly honor yourself and your whole being! You honor what matters most to you too!
I try to be fully involved when exercising now. I no longer try to zone out and instead focus in on what I am doing. Movement and posture. Breathing and positioning. Going at my pace level. It makes a difference in really feeling like I got a great workout in!
Think of it as exercising with an intention or purpose! It helps you to self motivate and self drive yourself. It helps you manage your energies and tap into your power. It helps you turn off autopilot and shift into manual mode. You truly are practicing more aware and towards that purpose that matters the most to you and your whole, well being!
I enjoy going to a studio that offers multiple exercise programs. It gives me options as well as variety. Plus I get in the warm up and cool down my body needs as well as a proper stretch during my workout. I have the ability to communicate and engage as well as interact and connect mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually!
That makes the whole being feel GOOD!
As you practice you start being more aware of what is going on for you and in doing so you keep that conversation with your whole being going! You are present. You are mindful. You are experiencing!
The biggest lesson of my practice is breath work. It is amazing how you can connect to your whole being through proper breathing. It is grounding too. You will find yourself focusing on your breathe in other areas of your life, especially to release and clear the mind!
- How does your breathe feel?
- Are you breathing through your nose or your mouth?
- Is your chest or belly rising and falling?
Through practice you learn your natural rhythm!
Another major lesson is to make your practice your own!
- Make yourself comfortable to connect and engage your whole being (mind and body).
- Discover your whole being from the inside out. Awareness, mindfulness, presence, etc.
- Think about what your whole being can do for you and have gratitude for that.
- Think about the satisfaction and reward you are giving yourself and your whole being.
- Think about the empowerment and energies you are giving yourself and your whole being.