The mind+body connection
As a human being, your mind has the potential to be your greatest asset or greatest downfall, and everything in between. By learning to objectively observe your thoughts, your mental habits, and your ongoing mental chatter – both positive and negative, you can gain enormous insight around how you interact with both the world in general and your creativity in particular.
Hand in hand with gaining awareness of your mind and thoughts, developing a keen awareness and connection with your body – how it feels, how it moves, how it communicates to you – is key to gaining creative freedom in your creative pursuits.
In addition, by fully connecting to the physical body, you gain more ability to quieten and even disengage with the limiting mental chatter. By being aware of your physical body through your senses, if you really pay attention, you instantly gain access to your body’s intelligence and wisdom. By listening to this wisdom, and allowing yourself to be guided by it, you gain insight into natural and ease-ful ways of expressing your creative self.
Connecting with your physical body also gives you access to the current moment – the place of greatest creative power. How you interact with the current moment determines how you live your life within these moments.
So working towards a consistent awareness of both your mind AND body is of fundamental benefit in unlocking your creative confidence. With the two realms connected, you have access to your full mental and physical intelligence, and your natural self-expression can flow effortlessly.
The mind+body connection, and the power it brings to your creative self-expression, is at the heart of my ListenFeelPlay philosophy, and the holistic awareness of mind AND body is a critical element of being fully engaged and truly in a creative space.
When you are involved with your creative pursuit, ask yourself how much you are in your mind, and how much you are in your body. Try to give a percentage – for example 75% in my mind versus 25% in my body. If you don’t know, observe yourself in action again, and look for your own balance of awareness between mind and body.
Then try a different balance – perhaps the opposite – so in this case 25% in your mind, 75% in your body…how does that feel? What happened?
Then, try to be 95% in your body and only 5% in your mind…and pay attention. What happened to your creativity? How did it feel?
By exploring different divisions of awareness between mind and body, you will gain objective insights into how this awareness plays into the success of your creativity. There is no right response. Experiment, gain objective insights into your own mind+body awareness, and pay attention to how it plays into the success of your self-expression.
Keep exploring and have fun with it.