Friday, March 9, 2012

Ever get stuck in your head?

Depending on our cultural and ethnic background, some of us operate more from our heads than our hearts or bodies. Does that ever happen to you? Do you ever think an issue to death—almost to the point of your head hurting?

I come from a northern European background, so I grew up with a lot of stoicism. We didn’t express our feelings quite as readily as what I imagine southern Europeans do. I often envy them that trait.

Mind you, stoicism has its place. But I prefer to be in touch with my emotions. I want to know what is deep down in my gut: What am I feeling? I want to know what’s in my heart. How about you?

Living below the neck
How exactly do you get out of your head and down into your heart and into your body?

Some things that help me do that are: art (either observing it or creating it), handwork and crafts, something physical such as dance or exercise (a walk in the woods can really awaken my senses) and anything that helps me FEEL more and THINK less. You might lose yourself in cooking and that can be a creative way to get out of your mind. Or you might find yoga a good way to get into your body. Meditation is helpful for many people. Try out different things and see what works for you. Tell us in the Comment section what is helping you.

Practice some exuberance in your life. How long has it been since you jumped up and down in joy? Since you laughed and couldn’t stop? Practice getting out of your head today. You might just find you feel more positive—ready to solve whatever has been on your mind lately!

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