These next few posts are going to be a series on The Mindful Body. We go through each day with our bodies, and we are now learning to train them
to be mindful. How does the body become mindful? You might ask. Well, the body becomes mindful, just like the mind does: through practice. Practice, when practiced enough, will eventually turn into a habit. A habit is something we naturally do. While we want our practices to become like habits, so that we don’t even have to think of them as work to do, we always want to remember that practicing is the most important part of being mindful. We practice for the same kinds of reasons we practice other things, like sports, a musical instrument, or art. If we don’t practice, we get “rusty,” and our Mindful Body becomes less strong. But if we do practice, then our Mindful Body will get stronger and stronger, and the practices will become so easy to do!
Lets begin by thinking of all the things that our bodies help us do. What does your body help you do? Are there any sports you like to play, places you like to go, or activities you really like? It is harder to do all of the things we really love when our body isn’t happy and healthy. These next few lessons give us three simple ways to help make our bodies healthy.