Healing the body-mind connection

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

Henry Miller

When we give attention to the body we often notice just how mysterious, awesome and indescribably magnificent it is – despite our ignoring its pleas for basic care as we push it through thirst, hunger, tiredness, the need to move, dance and gaze at something beautiful instead of our tiny screens….

Placing your attention on your breath for a moment, can you notice how every breath is different? Every breath is exactly the length and depth it needs to be, without any direction from the mind. No breath, like no moment, ever the same.

When we practice body-centred mindfulness – curiously, kindly – we sometimes notice just how remarkable the body is, just like Henry Miller’s blade of grass. Which makes a really nice change from the usual finding something wrong, something that needs to be fixed, removed or improved.