Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be aware and fully present in our own lives, to bear witness to the workings of our body and mind as well as what is going on around us.
We’re diving straight into what might be the most powerful tool we have to regulate our vagal system, expel toxins, heal from trauma, manage inflammation, and control stress: our breath. I know, that’s some gross hippie thing. I’m sorry. But it’s true. And bonus points that it’s free. You’re doing it anyway, so doing it somewhat differently can end up being world changing for you.
Like inflammation, stress is an example of something that isn’t inherently bad for the human body but becomes problematic because of modern life. We talk about stress and being stressed probably more regularly than we discuss any other aspect of our health and wellness. However, it has become so big and so vague that we lose sight of the fact that stress isn’t external events. And we have far more control over our stress response than we do over our toxin exposure.
Our bodies and brains really are not separate things, even though they are typically treated thusly. We tend to think of the body as the meat sack the brain is in charge of hauling around, when in fact they are dynamic and interlinked.
Let’s play a game. We are going to imagine you are you, a long-ago you. I want to recapture a feeling from your childhood. We are going to focus on remembering how you felt when you were hungry.
Well, originally the argument of fat totally belongs to the chemistry and many of the experts who talk about it, are well versed in chemistry. I am also not an expert in chemistry, but I have studied a little bit about it in Biochemistry.