An important Chinese medical teaching states out that our minds are led by our bodies and, conversely, that our bodies are led by our minds.

So many of us feel better if we MOVE and exercise during times of greater mental or emotional stress. Working the physical body – stretching it, opening it up, and strengthening it makes us feel more relaxed, stronger, and more effective in daily life.

Conversely, if our bodies are injured or are physically ill, we can often use mindfulness and mindful relaxation techniques to reduce or eliminate symptoms we might be experiencing. By relaxing and clearing our minds, our physical bodies will naturally begin to feel better. 

And even if we don’t have any particular health problems to address, by learning to simply be mindful, to relax, and enjoy just being who we are, we can develop good physical and emotional health.