Did you know that every single thought or emotion has a corresponding physical expression in your body? Watch to find out more...
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I'm sure you've had the experience of profuse salivation when you think about a lemon. Equally, I'm sure you've bursted into laughter by merely reading a joke. Nw, I'm going to demonstrate to you that every single thought and emotion has a corresponding physical expression in your body.
The examples that I just gave are rather obvious and easy to relate to. Very often, though, we live as if ignoring the fact that even the 'smaller' thoughts and the subtle emotions that we feel have an expression in our own body.
In the time that I've been doing bodywork I've had a lot of experience of working with people with tension in the neck, upper back and shoulders area. I've discerned a couple of key reasons for that. Some of them were, metaphorically speaking, 'shouldering' too much responsibility. Others were facing too much stress in their lives.
The most common way that we build tension in our bodies is by withholding or suppressing emotions and not allowing them to be expressed. Various approaches can help us deal with this problem. Bodywork, from massage to energy healing, is one such way. Another way is to use the mindfulness body scan. This is the practice where sequentially bring our awareness to different parts of the body and relax them.
The idea here is to also be aware of what thoughts and sensations arise as you pay attention to certain parts of you body. Very often the everyday stresses, people, and situations that are, metaphorically speaking, a 'pain in the neck', accumulate as tension in the neck and shoulder area.
On the other hand, more subtle things or the things we want to hide deeply and put away from our awareness we tend to store lower in our body at the back side. Almost, as if we are trying to hide them away. Id often have clients that would burst into laughter or start crying when working on their calf muscles. To me, this suggests that we tend to hide some emotions further down and behind our awareness.
I'd suggest that the next time you are doing a body scan meditation you pay special attention to the thoughts and sensations that come to your awareness and see if that would help you make the release and relaxation more profound.
Thanks for watching/reading and see you next time.
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If this resonates with you and you want to speak with me or work with me, get in touch.
Martin Stefanov Petkov
Master your Super Power