This video shares a beautiful Native American tale, while also explaining mindfulness. Mindfulness doesn’t mean we no longer have uncomfortable feelings…it’s about awareness of them, and how we choose to mange them.
Is it selfish to work on being kind to yourself? Most definitely not! In fact, it is really important. If we are no good for ourselves, we certainly can't be there for others! And, everyone deserves compassion-even you! Many people have trouble offering to themselves, what they so freely give to others, but it is so important. Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh describes this beautifully when he says we should "visit our own wounded child often, put our arm around them, and say, 'I am here for you darling.'" I encourage you to try to incorporate some self compassion into your life.
All in your head? Think again. Your brain and your gut are very connected. This article explains the connection between stress in our lives, and why some of us “feel it” in our gastrointestinal system. You’re not crazy, and you’re not imagining your symptoms. This is a very clear illustration of the very intimate mind-body connection.
Most of us can relate to the experience of having butterflies in our stomach, or to a visceral gut-wrenching feeling, and how often are we told not to ignore our “gut-instinct” or “gut-feeling” when making a decision.
Even from our simple slang, it’s clear just how symbolically connected the gut is to our emotions. Now, there’s tangible proof to support these popular metaphors.
We all have a microbiome, and they are as unique as our neural pathways
Research has shown that the body is actually composed of more bacteria than cells. We are more bug than human! Collectively, these trillions of bacteria are called the microbiome. Most of those bacteria reside in our gut, sometimes referred to as the gut microbiota, and they play multiple roles in our overall health.