body-wisdomWhile learning how to observe the mind and its processes, an individual also begins to experience and observe the cycle of reactivity. This cycle consists of an event happening out in the world, which then triggers a cognitive interpretation. From this interpretation emotions are awakened, which are then followed by body sensations. The poet Rumi wrote in relation to life’s woes: “Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.” It is through these sensations that the body speaks to us and invites us to utilize its language of communication. For it is by focusing on the sensations and shifting our gaze away from the mental chatter, that sensations within the body decrease and become less intense. The individual becomes the conductor of the symphony of mind versus a passive participant. This allows one to move through life’s ups and downs more quickly and with less emotional charge. The individual is left with more energy, and a deeper understanding as to where his or her power truly lies.