To “Tune In” means to become more aware or attentive to a particular aspect of yourself or your surroundings. It entails focusing your attention and being fully present in the moment. When you allow yourself to tune in, you become more mindful of your thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and the environment around you. It is a way to deepen your connection with yourself and the world around you, enabling you to be more present, centered and grounded.
In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of our everyday lives. I know from experience that in the midst of prioritizing factors such as work, relationships and SO many obligations, it is easy to neglect the importance of nurturing my inner self. We are not just physical beings, but also emotional and spiritual ones. By tuning in to our mind, body and souls we can take a step closer to achieving balance and well-being.
So how do we do this?
- Your Body: check in to become aware of how you feel physically. Listen to your body’s signals such as hunger, thirst, fatigue and pain. When in movement, truly notice how your body feels and whether you are in alignment, need to back off a bit to stay engaged or can push yourself a little deeper. Notice what you eat, how much you sleep and the type and amount of exercise you engage in on a daily or weekly basis. This can help you establish a healthy routine that is conducive to your well being. We all know that when we feel good physically we are more likely to be in a more positive mental and emotional state.
- Your Mind: be mindful of your thoughts and emotions. Notice what thoughts come to mind when you wake up, during the day, and before bed. Are they positive or negative? By becoming aware of our thought patterns we can learn to manage them and replace negative thoughts with positive ones. I’ll never forget a lesson my mother taught me when I was about 6 years old. We had a great Aunt that was living with us at the time and she was constantly complaining, always unhappy and not a very nice person at all. I really struggled with giving her kindness. I confessed to my mom one day that I had stuck my tongue out at her, feeling bad about it, but told her “she’s just so mean mom!” My mother said “it’s important Jill to notice how you show up each and every day because the traits that are more frequent when you are young are going to mold how you become as you get older. If you focus on the negative and walk around grumpy the majority of your life- that is likely how you’ll show up and feel when you’re older. If you focus on happiness and the positive, that will also directly affect how you show up and feel as time goes by.” Very wise! I’ve never forgotten it- and it has clearly guided me to dwell on the positive and to practice being content. Thank you Mom!
- Your Soul: tuning into your soul means connecting with your spiritual self. This could be meditation, prayer, listening to or playing music, dancing, journaling or spending time in nature. Spend time reflecting on what brings you joy and purpose in life. This can support you with a sense of inner peace and fulfillment.
Take time this month to tune in. You could choose to focus holistically on your body, mind and soul or just choose one that resonates the most with you right now, or where you feel you need the most support. We design our Dailey Method classes to give you the opportunity to connect with each of these in every class. We invite you to safely and effectively nurture your body, encouraging you to go inward and allow your mind to focus solely on you, and what you’re doing in the moment. We create a space where you can clear the noise of the rest of your life away for 45 minutes to an hour. We remind you to set your intentions on how you want to feel or how you want to show up. And then finally, when ending in savasana, you have the gift of a few moments of meditation prior to resuming your daily activities.
Tuning in to you- can allow you to tune out the rest, even if just for a little while- and that can allow great inner peace!