By: Eike Daube
Hello Incredible Human being,
Thank you for taking the time to read and grow with me today!
My name is Eike I am a mental health practitioner based in Southern California I am also the creator of the Mind Body Initiative. Before I became a mental health practitioner, I was an athlete for most of my life. My body and mind experienced a lot of ups and downs throughout the endless trainings, competition, and travel.
A large emphasis of my practice with clients and in my own life has been focused on the mind body connection. Our mind’s generate thoughts and emotions and each one will signal specific types of hormone production. Our bodies will record every thought and emotion into our autonomic nervous system. After elongated periods of heightened stress (fight, flight or freeze), depression, anxiety our bodies will begin to communicate to us that we need to make changes. This communication will become noticeable through muscle tension, breakouts, weight gain, irregular heartbeat, and in more extreme scenario’s ulcers, cardiac arrest, cancer, paralysis. This is why talking to someone, self-care, mindfulness, working out, eating well, developing an ongoing practice for yourself is so important.
Mindfulness based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which is an evidence-based research intervention used all around the world in various wellness settings. The benefits of mindfulness are immense. The practice of mindfulness works on cultivating awareness within the mind and body (Stahl, 2018). It is an important practice in many spiritual belief’s Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism. Mindfulness has pushed through spiritual beliefs, into psychological practice, as well as seminars.
Mindfulness when used routinely can have a profound impact on your well-being. Not only is it important with everything that is going on in the world now, it is going to continue to develop your awareness of self; internally and externally.
I thought I would walk you all through one modality used within MBSR called body scan meditation this practice really focuses on the mind and body connection that I have mentioned.
Before you dive into a body scan meditation, I want you to ask yourself a few questions:
1. Are you open to trying something new that can help improve your day to day well being?
2. Are you willing to take 20-40 minutes for yourself?
3. Are you willing to develop a sense of ease within your own discomfort?
4. Are you sick of feeling overwhelmed and run down?
5. Do you want to develop a deeper understanding of yourself?
Now that you have answered those questions and decided to continue reading this article. I would like to acknowledge that you have taken one step closer to growing and developing yourself…. You are doing better than you even realize!