Body Mind Connection

Where do emotions reside in the body #

A Finish study on where human emotions reside in the body included two distinct groups of people subjects in Finland and Taiwan. Respondents were asked to color the body according to how they felt the emotions.

The pictures below represent the body maps for the six basic emotions. Yellow indicates the highest level of activity, followed by red. Black is neutral, while blue and light blue indicate lowered and very low activity, respectively.

Emotions in the body

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Connecting with Breath #

Director of Translational Neuroscience, Contemplative Studies Initiative Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Family Medicine. Catherine Kerr received a B.A. from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. Currently, her work focuses on using Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and other tools to investigate brain mechanisms underlying body-based attention and healing in mindfulness and other mind-body practices such as Tai Chi.

Breathing can be used to control emotion and improve the connection between body and mind. Read this article for more detail

Practice belly breathing #

Start by placing one hand on your upper chest and the other on your navel.  Inhale through your nose, filling your belly completely with air.  Then begin to bring that air up to your rib cage, continuing all the way to your chest, maybe even to your collar bone.  Pause at the top of your breath.  Finally, exhale through your nose, reversing the order.  Let the air escape your chest, then ribs, then belly.  Visual a balloon (your torso) filling up with air and then emptying all the way.

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