Moving your body helps to heal depression

Written by Amie on March 8, 2010 – 1:16 am -

I am connected to my body again!

I’ve been on a hiatus from writing because I just wasn’t feeling it. I always want to be coming from a place of authenticity, so I don’t want to write just for the heck of it. As I may have mentioned in one of my last posts, I have been doing alot of inner processing. Wow, I have to tell you, I feel like I have found something I lost a long time ago. No idea when I lost myself, but all I know is that I am back. Specifically, my head is now attached to my body. I actually *feel* like I am living in my body again. Honestly, I had no idea how cut off I was from my body. By this I mean really feeling the sensations of my body, really *knowing* that those attached limbs are mine. It is so hard to explain the feeling except to say that it reminds me of watching a baby discovering her body; wiggling her hands, seeing her legs kicking in the air. Imagine the baby’s delight when she realizes that *she* is the one moving those little toes, hands, legs. This is exactly how I felt one night when I was doing what I call moving meditation. I was dancing in a dim room with my Ipod in my ears, and suddenly I felt a strong connection to my legs. Slowly, the rest of my body became known. I actually *felt* my legs moving; I mean I really felt the tingling of the *aliveness* in my body. I nearly fell on the floor and cried. I had *no idea* what I had been missing. I was a numb person walking around practically bodiless. I welcomed my body back, and celebrated her arrival!

To feel better-MOVE your body however you can

I must tell you that if you want to feel better-MOVE. I don’t mean move because you think you want to be in better shape, or move because “it is good for you”. I mean go to a space where you can be alone, light some candles (or not), dim the lights or turn them completely off, and then let your body lead you in how it wants to move. No fancy dance moves, no worries about how you look, no thinking you may be doing it “wrong” (there is no wrong here). Just close your eyes and let your body lead you. Trust me, it will. And, the best part? You will feel so much better. No expectations here. Just allow your body to move. I will tell you I have had some strong feelings come up. This may or may not be the case for you. I had so much anger I wanted to punch something. I found an outlet for that, a yoga block. It worked. I even punched the air, and that helped too. Sadness hit me too. Please don’t be afraid of the emotions though. They are energy-as long as I remember to breathe, they go right through me. I feel them in my body, NOT in my head. I get in touch with how my body feels, not what my mind *thinks* about what my body is feeling.

If I don’t know why I feel depressed, moving helps me feel relief

There is a big difference here, and I think this is why movement is so powerful. Our bodies have stored every little detail of everything we have experienced in our lifetime. So sometimes when we feel so incredibly depressed and don’t know why, it is because our bodies were triggered and our bodies are remembering something that needs to be felt and released. This leads to relief and freedom! So many times I have felt so depressed and I drive myself INSANE trying to figure out why. My mind makes up all kinds of scenarios, but none of these stories feel true in my body. My mind is capable of making me believe just about anything, but if I don’t feel it in my body, it doesn’t really feel quite true.

My body needs to move!

Movement is what our bodies love. When we allow our bodies to just flow, just move how they want to, our mind turns off. This is the beauty of moving. I have always been a person who feels better after I exercise. However, this movement that I am talking about is NOT about exercise. It does exercise your body, to be sure, but that is not the point of it. The point is to let your body express itself, let your body be free, and give your mind a break from the stories that are not true. Allowing your body to hear music and move without judgment is like finding a treasure within a pile of junk. I can see and feel that this is one component of healing depression that is essential. Expressing myself in this way is so freeing. It helps me move energy that is stuck in my body.

This is not about what you look like when you move

It is so important to remember that this is not about what you look like when you dance and move. It is not about what you wear or what music is the right music. It is just about finding something that feels comfortable and allows you to move around freely. It is about finding music that speaks to you, and finding a space where you feel safe and free to move as your body wants to. Lock the door if you need to, cover the mirrors, turn off the lights. It is ok to just stand there and wiggle your toes or your hands. Look at your hands when you wiggle them. Remember, there are no special moves or choreography, just follow your body, because it will lead you.

Sending an intention out to the Universe

For the last few months I knew that I wanted to move my body more than I was but I just wasn’t sure of the path. It is always interesting to me how resources and people show up in our lives as we put out intentions out there. I found a wonderful book called Dance- The Sacred Art: The Joy Of Movement As Spiritual Practice (The Art of Spiritual Living). It is on the book carousel on my site. It is exactly what I was looking for. I am also incorporating some yoga into my morning routine before I meditate. My body finally yelled loud enough for me to hear! My truth is popping out everywhere, and it feels wonderful!!!!!!! I feel more confident, authentic, and true to who I really am.

Gabrielle Roth

Start here by listening to Gabrielle Roth’s The Power Wave. I use an Ipod so that I don’t really hear outside distractions, but do whatever feels good to you! You can also download her song called Body Parts. It is excellent to help you focus on each body part. I couldn’t find a youtube video of that one. Imagine all of the other people you are connecting to when you are dancing! Incredible! Leave any judgments or expectations at the door. They are not allowed in. Only your true self (which is perfection!) and your incredible body. Have fun!

There is also a really easy song to dance around to called “C’mon” by Renee and Jeremy , under “featured videos”. It is such a good feeling song!! Shake your booty, you will be so pleasantly surprised and filled with joy!

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