Mind & Body
Mental exercises for physical wellbeing; physical exercises for mental wellbeing
Published by: The School of Life
Imprint: The School of Life
A practical and playful guide to balancing and maintaining physical and mental harmony.
The modern world can present the body as a machine that just needs to be regularly exercised. However, it is a remarkably sensitive organ in which a lot of our pain and hope is stored and that we need to interpret and handle with subtlety. This impact of our body upon our mind is something which needs to be explored as it is easy to pay attention to one more than the other and to ignore the crucial balance between the two.
This is a book filled with reflections and exercises designed to help us live more harmoniously and maturely within both mind and body. It gives guidance on how to calm our minds with bodily exercises that work on the real sources of our anxieties. It suggests how to be less rigid in, and timid about, our bodies and how to relax into them in a way we might not have done for far too long. It offers ideas on how to accept the way we look, and how to treat the body in order for it to assist the mind in yielding its very best ideas. The impacts of activities such as singing, dancing and art are explored along with the liberation of spirit that these might offer.
This is a book, both theoretical and practical, that will improve our relationship between our physical and mental selves and allow us a route to a life of greater self-assurance, wisdom, and freedom to be ourselves.
*Contains explicit/adult content
- BLENDING THE PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL with playful exercises backed by research.
- A RANGE OF EXERCISES you can do anytime, anywhere.
- DISCOVER THE POWER OF THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION and tap into your body’s innate wisdom.
- CULTIVATE CALM by connecting to your body and surroundings.
- BODY NEUTRALITY learn to accept and feel comfortable with how you look.
(i) The ecstatic dance
(ii) The hand of the other
(iii) Sofa jumping
(iv) Dinner table orchestra
(v) The blind car
(vi) Horizontal conversation
(vii) The cleaning party
(ii) The regression ball
(iii) The pillow fight
(iv) Hip swinging
(v) The dressing-up game
(vi) Swearing in the woods
(i) Heartbeat news
(ii) Rain walking
(iv) A naked lunch
(v) Sun worship
(i) Shower thinking
(ii) Window thinking
(iii) Sink thinking
(i) Painting one’s own portrait
(ii) The historical weight test
(iii) The sorrows of the very beautiful
(iv) What do you love me for?
(v) I am not my body
(iii) Gallows humour
(iv) In praise of siestas
(v) Bow to necessity
(vi) Living deeply
(vii) The ultimate escape hatch
(viii) Under the aspect of eternity
(ix) The courage of death
(x) The delectable life force
***What readers are saying:***
"Mind & Body illustrates various reflections and exercises that help to connect our mental and physical selves. As usual with the School of Life books, it helps me to cultivate a sense of calm." – Goodreads review
"This is a fantastic book to have on your shelf, and a great one to gift to friends, family, and loved ones. " – Avocado Diaries