Mindfulness brings the mind and body together in the present moment. The body is always present; however, we are not always aware of every sensation, feeling, emotion and movement.
Sometimes our body goes ‘off-line’ in response to threats and challenges and remains in that state for a long time, never recovering. We begin to experience our body through layers of thoughts and emotions instead of experiencing it directly.
By bringing our attention to the body through mindfulness we begin to ground it and anchor it the here-now. This process helps us reconnect to how experiencing our body moment to moment, in an open, non-judgmental way.
Eckhart Tolle says:
When the body and mind are in sync, we are naturally relaxed, alert, open, and aware, and we experience ourselves and the world in a direct, unmediated way, without conceptual filters. It is this direct experience of the fullness, vitality, and splendor of life that is the gift of meditation.
Mindfulness practice is the key that unlocks the door for us to find our way back home.