If the answer is “complicated,” read on…
Mind-body therapy is a lot like relationship therapy for your body and mind. Yes, your mind and your body do have a relationship with each other! And the issues that can come up between them are a lot like the issues that come up between family members, partners, or in any other attachment relationship.
➡️ Toxic criticism
➡️ The silent treatment
I could go on, but you get the idea. Does any of this feel like it relates to your mind+body relationship? If so, take heart ❤️! Relationships break down — but they can also be repaired ❤️
The best tool I know of to repair a relationship — between people, communities or parts of the self like mind and body — is: COMMUNICATION, which involves SHARING and LISTENING.
If your mind and body have gotten off on the wrong foot, here’s something you can try. This may sound weird, but bear with me — it’s just an experiment.
Imagine yourself in the role of the relationship therapist. Put on your specs 🤓, have a seat in a comfy chair, and with pen and paper ask this question:
✍️ “Dear Mind, what are you feeling? What would you like me to know? What are your concerns?” And see what flows onto the page 📄.
Then, turn to the Body and ask, with pen and paper:
✍️ “Dear Body, what are you feeling? What would you like me to know? What are your concerns?” And see what flows onto the page 📄.
When each party has been fully seen and heard, the trust-rebuilding process can begin. 💕
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