How Mind-Body Therapies Work
Increased Distress Tolerance:
The capacity to observe, experience, and tolerate discomfort leads to reductions in emotional reactivity and decreases in symptoms of anxiety, panic, chronic pain, and depression.
Find a resolution of the stress of traumatic activation through movement, breath, and body awareness. Proprioceptive body awareness and sensory integration.
Changes in how we sense, feel, move, and breathe into the body are linked to improvements in Vagal Tone, Vagal Efficiency, and Heart Rate Variability.
Improved Mental Outlook:
Increased self-awareness, compassion, and ability to view another person’s perspective
What is your kintsugi story?
“There is an ancient Japanese legend that tells the story of a mighty shogun warrior who broke his favorite tea bowl and sent it away for repairs. When it was returned to him, and he saw the unsightly staples holding the broken pieces together, he was displeased. Hoping to restore it to its former beauty, he sent it out to a craftsman with a request for a more elegant solution. The craftsman knew exactly what to do. He used a new repair technique that would not only restore the bowl to its original beauty, but also increase its value. He carefully joined all the broken pieces back together with a lacquer resin mixed with precious gold. When it was returned to the warrior, and he saw the streaks of gold running throughout the bowl telling its story, he was pleased. This new method of repair became known as kintsugi or “golden joinery.” It expresses the Japanese philosophy of ascribing great value to things, not based on their perfection but their imperfection. This simple but profound, story reminds me that we are all kintsugi to one degree or another. Some of us are like the bowl at the start of the story, not yet impacted by the world and still in our original form. Others are like the broken bowl, feeling shattered into fragments as a result of some unanticipated life experience. Some of us are in the process of mending the cracks of those fragments with precious gold. Others, feeling restored and whole again, have returned to their purpose in life as perfectly imperfect vessels.
Of all the possible kintsugi stages, where would you say you are at this moment in your life? What’s your kintsugi story?”
The Yoga Mindset
Change Your Mindset Change Your Life
By Michelle Gervais-Bryan - 2022
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