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Why Thinking Makes Us So Miserable

Practice embodiment as a way to feel better.

Today I was on the Colorado trails with my dog, Joey. It was a gorgeous day. Blue skies. A cool breeze. The air smelled delicious, like pine trees.

During the walk I experienced both embodiment and disembodiment.

Embodiment happened when I consciously put my attention on my body and what was going on there. To re-direct my focus to my body, I asked myself questions like:

  • What sensations are happening inside my body right now?

  • What does it feel like on my foot every time I take a step?

  • How does the breeze feel on my skin?

  • What do the trees smell like on the breeze, and what is happening to me physically when I smell that scent?

  • What movement happens inside my body when I visually take in the mountains and the sky?

Disembodiment happened every time I got lost in thought. As soon as my attention is directed at my thoughts, I've left my body. I'm no longer in the present moment. I'm wrapped up in thinking, which is not real, it's a dream-state.

A memory of the past, a fantasy or worry about the future.... but not real. And in my disembodiment, I'm no longer aware of my surroundings or my actual experience. I'm completely disconnected from right now.

That disconnection from right now causes a lot of suffering.

Right now is the only place where we can heal. The only place where we can experience true connection with others. The only place where inner peace resides.

Disembodiment is living solely in the mind/brain aspect of the human experience, but disregarding all the other parts of what it is to be human.

When we give reverence to our ability to think, without honoring the rest of what it is to be human - the physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual aspects - we suffer because we are cutting off important parts of ourselves.

We also suffer because we aren't accessing natural ways to offset and cope with the pull of negative thinking. Negative thoughts have more power to spiral out of control when we are disembodied.

The body is a source of infinite wisdom. It never lies. It brings clarity to situations where the mind is constantly analyzing and therefore always confused.

Practice embodiment as a way to feel better.

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About the Author

Diana Calvo is a certified life coach and registered psychotherapist who helps people get unstuck and transform their day-to-day experience of work and life. After 20 years successfully climbing the corporate ladder, Diana experienced her own journey of healing and awakening. She discovered her true calling to guide others on their journey out of suffering and into a life of purpose and joy. Diana left the corporate world to start her own coaching business. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her dog Joey and a beautiful view of the mountains. She works with clients across the globe.

Click here to find out more about how to be happy again and my coaching services.

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