Mindfulness is a Mindset
by Aaron Baulch, NSCA-CPT / MCT Level 2 & Combatives
Shoes off, mind engaged
When I first began taking my shoes off to practice outside, I remember being incredibly hesitant. It wasn't like I hadn't done it before. We all have at some point. Children at play without a care in the world. Over time we grow into adults and wearing shoes is part of being a grown up, so we get up each day and put on our shoes. Casting our feet, we limit mobility and decrease sensation. This continues as we age and as the years pass by, our immobile feet begin to contribute to a host of alignment issues throughout our bodies. That is, until we decide to buck the system and kick off our shoes to walk in the grass, on the beach or just to simply move around our homes. If, and hopefully when this happens for us, a shift must occur and it is unmistakable. Without our protective and restrictive shoe casts, we must begin to pay attention. We must slow down a bit as we scan the ground in front of us, sensations return rapidly as the bottoms of our feet signal the brain allowing old and new movement to return throughout the body. Paying attention to each step is something that most of us haven't done in years - if ever. With our padded running shoes or ultra supportive hiking boots it isn't necessary. A bare foot walk has the ability to alter this in a hurry. Each step becomes a lesson in what it means to be mindful. Remaining present in an action and paying attention to what is happening around us and within us. We must truly feel the ground as our feet contact the earth so as not to step on something that may harm us as we slowly grow more accustomed to being shoeless. As we walk, this mindfulness begins to sink in and our entire system benefits from each step. Our feet begin to regain lost mobility and strength. This, in turn, helps the rest of our body align and strengthen, as we begin approaching our movement as a whole - from the ground up.So, it's the new year and it's for this reason that I wanted to spend a little time thinking about our feet. Getting at least a little bit interested in how they might affect our entire system. New Year - New Thoughts. Let your mind expand and let your thoughts drift toward being a tad bit more Mindful this year. Mindfulness is a Mindset and one that we practice daily at Mindful Body Fitness. Being mindful is being aware to what's around you and within you. Thoughts, feelings, sensation and emotions are all pieces of being mindful. So, take off your shoes, put your feet in the grass and take a stroll. Slow and easy. Noticing all the things that come up. It's different at first, but your brain and body will remember soon enough. Enjoy the lesson in mindfulness and maybe learn something about yourself in the process.
New Year - New Thoughts
New Year - New Thoughts
Happy New Year!! Thanks for reading and look for upcoming Mindfully Primal blogs every Tuesday during 2017. Looking forward to sharing a lot of the topics that are brought up and discussed each week at the studio. Until next week...Invest in Yourself. Learn to move again.