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Mindful : June 2018
THE BODY CONTROLS THE MIND 55% THE MIND MANAGES THE BODY 43% WHO CAN TELL WHICH IS IN CHARGE? 2% IT DEPENDS ON THE SITUATION DURING BODY FOCUSED ACTIVITIES DURING MENTAL FOCUSED ACTIVITIES 64% 17% 19% Do physical cues (e.g., sitting up straight, deep breathing) help you to practice mindfulness? What is your strongest sense perception? THE MOST ACUTE SENSE AMONG respondents was hearing, with 34%. Sight is the runner-up (28%), followed by the mysterious sixth sense, at 17%. Smell and touch were tied with 10% each, and only 1% chose taste. What is your favorite exercise to do mindfully? • Walking • Weight lifting • Hiking • Kayaking • Mindful aikido • Karate When do you feel most centered? Do you practice mindful eating? 23% SAY THEY CULTIVATE THE HABIT OF eating mindfully. 36% have tried it once or twice. 16% eat mindfully only when they’re not too hungry (we’ve all been there!). 20% have never tried a mindful eating practice. Finally, 5% make the case that mindfulness shouldn’t relate to pressures about so-called right and wrong ways to eat. “The more present and mindful I am, the more synchronized the body–mind connection is.” What is your favorite food to eat mindfully? • “Peanuts.” • “Baby carrots...or potato chips.” • “My first cup of coffee in the morning!” • “A Malteser.” • “Dessert.” • “If I have to eat something mindfully, it needs to be chewy and/or sticky, like dried fruit.” • “Biryani.” • “Salad—so many things grown from the earth, picked by hand, and made available to me with nutrients to fuel my body.” • “Wine and cheese.” • “Anything crunchy and juicy and fresh.” • “Chocolate!” • “Probably something smooth like yogurt.” • “Sushi.” • Dancing • Cleaning the house • Barre classes • Reiki • Biking Body and mind: What’s their relationship? 70% 25% 5% Yes Somewhat No Like Body, Like Mind Answers from our reader survey on the mind–body connection 6 mindful June 2018 the mindful survey