Our body is always in charge, no matter how much mental persuasion we think we have, period.

Do you know just how PRECIOUS this amazing vehicle that carries us around the planet really is? It breathes us without effort, regulates our temperature, transforms the food we eat into life giving energy and nutrients. It heals every wound that opens and it’s bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments are perfectly designed to obey every movement signal we give it. And thats only the beginning. It truly is the most remarkable, beautiful piece of Divine architecture ever.

Stress is such an interesting label for a huge amounts of ails these days it’s essence is merely to physically indicate where our body isn’t happy with the degree of pressure our thoughts are applying.

I laughed today when I found myself saying to a sweet friend and teacher Danielle Marchant ‘most people are like a mind with legs!’ It was my way of observing that our minds are often way too in control with little respect or regard for the MOST precious gift we have. Dear dear body.

Stress is the degree of separation between our mind and body. Question is how large is the degree of separation and what body indicators are telling us something isn’t right? And even more….are we listening?

We all gets aches, pains, twinges and glitches here and there according to lifestyle, daily activities and indeed ageing. Our body is constantly, without exception, a living breathing changing ‘ball’ of energy so thats normal in the main. But do you experience any physical problems that are persistent? A dull or even acute postural ache, back ache, headaches, anxiety and tightness in the chest, for example? Now before you go and freak yourself out and run to the doc, don’t!

This is what you can do.

Sit and be still, close your eyes and breathe and visualise your breath entering and leaving your body. Thats it. So simple and yet it can have the ability to change your life.

Doing this brings awareness that ‘oh yes from the neck down there is a body’..hallelujah! And also it’s the first step on the path of listening the the profound feedback that our body is capable of. Spend some minutes each day being still and then build it up. Find the time. 

You maybe surprised by what you learn and you do have ALL of the answers. But are you afraid to listen perhaps.

Stopping to listen could put years back in the body/mind relationship bank and save you from many a fate that ignoring the body signs can have. From this start point, meditation may come and a deeper understanding of why your mind causes you so much distress.

Gina teaches mindfulness Yoga essentially in 1:1’s and on retreat in UK and Europe, to help you regain or deepen your connection to your body. Through a process of anatomical discovery you can learn to let your body lead and find body/mind congruency so you can lead a meaningful, healthy and happy life.

Gina Hardy

Gina lives in Surrey UK and is a Yoga teacher, relationship coach and therapist. She teaches people the art of self preservation by helping people have better relationships with their body and other people.  The key to life is relationship with everything and that starts with awareness of self. Her motto for life is: Live, Learn, Love, Pay it Forward.

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Comment by Kathy Custren on August 11, 2016 at 10:05pm

Excellent - thank you so much for revising. It is being forwarded to the publishers for use in a future edition. I hope you have a beautiful weekend ahead ~ Blessings! 

Comment by Kathy Custren on July 5, 2016 at 11:46pm

Hi, Gina - this one is an especially interesting piece. However, it requires a little finessing to make it presentable as an article. There are multiple first-person "I" and "you" references throughout. While the focus is really on "our body," and the kinds of aches and pains we all get from time to time. Could you please rework it using our third-person article submission guideline and be sure to include your bio paragraph and link? Let me know when it is revised and I will be happy to review once more. Thanks ~ Blessings! 

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