Body Compass

Your Mind Sucks

Okay, that’s not true. Your mind is amazing–it’s nimble and sharp, tirelessly scanning for patterns. But it sucks at this, the present moment. It’s all about what happened and what’s going to happen, what we did or wish we had done (or wish we hadn’t done) and what we will or hope to do (or dread doing.)

The body, however, is a total badass at being in the moment. All we need to do it check in and notice. Most of the time, we’re dragging it around as if it’s superfluous, the string beneath the almighty helium balloon of our head. But the body, she is forgiving. The moment we stop and look her way, she has all the information we need to connect with the here and now.

I often forget how easy this can be, how immediate.

So, what are you noticing right now, in your body? Stop, close your eyes and take three slow, deep breaths.

What’s there? Are you hungry? Thirsty? Tired? Is there some heaviness or tension in your back, chest, face? Can you rest your hand on your heart and simply ask, What would feel like love right now? Maybe it’s a cup of tea, a walk around the block, a call to a trusted friend. Maybe it’s three minutes of just this–a hand over your heart and nothing more. Maybe it’s putting on music and singing at the top of your lungs, or gyrating around the kitchen, or simply stretching out on the couch for a nap.

Whatever it is, thank your body for it, for always being there, for always holding this wisdom, and then do the thing. Even if you have no time. There’s always the power of the 5 minute-timer: Set it and see how you feel at the end of 300 seconds of quiet, of tea, of music, of staring out the window, of walking to the mailbox, of making a brain-dump list, of stretching, of dreaming, of shouting, of talking to your beloved, your best friend, of cuddling with your cat.

“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.” –Friedrich Nietzsche

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