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Our Mental Body

What it is: Our thoughts, attitudes, judgments, and prejudices—also how we perceive our worth and value in the world. Some believe it is about a foot out in diameter from the physical body, some feel it is inches.

What it represents: All things intellectual, including analytical thought, how we process information, how we learn in school, and how we use our words. Also includes focus, clarity, direction, and contributions to creation and society. It is a key element in thoughts becoming reality.

How the mental body should behave when balanced: Proactive problem solving, concise communication, innovations coming into fruition with clarity and ease, and the ability to solve emotional or physical issues in a direct and supportive way. There’s very little waste, nonsense, or going around in circles. Instead, a balanced mental body offers direction that points true north (and benefits everyone).

Masculine or Feminine: Masculine

Quality of someone under-balanced toward mental: Confusion, brain fog, ideas lost quickly, lethargy, lack of purpose, neuroses, doubt, a lack of work ethic, feelings of low esteem and low worth. Physically, it manifests as a lack of a menstrual period and little self-care.

Qualities of someone over-balanced toward mental: Ego-centric, excessively driven, sociopathic, narcissistic, and having little or no empathy especially when it comes to work or success. In a less extreme way, it’s doing too much or frequently being on overdrive. This manifests physically in headaches and jaw aches.

How to bring the mental into balance: Kundalini yoga, moderate cardio, talk therapy with an emotionally intelligent leader, and being in touch with emotions and spirituality for balance. The type of person living mostly in the mental body tends to overthink and overdrive, and doesn’t let go of emotional strife or forgive easily or often. They might need to re-root (i.e., work through old emotional issues from the first years of life) and often need a mental release, which most frequently comes from strong emotional support or handing the reins over to a mentor who can lead them through positive thought mantras or positive stress releasing actions.

source: editors of goop

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