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Don’t Underestimate the Importance of a Relaxed Body

A relaxed body is vitally important, because it is your gateway to a relaxed and calm mind.  In my experience, one of the most common complaints and concerns people have is that the mind is agitated, busy, and at times seems like a run-away train.  In trying to calm the mind, the result is often frustration and discouragement.  The more you try to quiet the mind, the worse it gets, the greater the chatter and the greater the stress.

If you want to calm the mind, then the most effective and quickest route is through the body.  By relaxing the body, the mind automatically becomes calmer.

The next time you are busy running from meeting to meeting or appointment to appointment, notice what is going on in the mind.  There is a very good chance that your mind is agitated with all that needs to be done.  Then, the next thing to do is to notice the body.  Again, there is a very good chance that your body is tight, perhaps your shoulders or neck are tight, your stomach might be in knots, your jaw might be clenched, etc.  They go hand in hand.  The body always looks to the mind and the mind to the body.  They communicate silently all day and react to one another.

The way to calm the mind is to start to become familiar and aware of your body.  Learn to recognize the signs of tension in the body before the mind spins out of control.  If you find you are already stressed, then immediately and systematically relax the body.  Train yourself to walk around with a relaxed body, no matter what you are doing, at work, at home, or while working out.

If you want to get started or deepen your ability to relax, you may wish to follow the Guided Meditation in the Mindful Leadership App. I have created over 70 Guided Meditations from which you can choose.  You can find the link at

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