Updated: Apr 10, 2019
Although NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) has existed for a few decades, Science has only recently been able to explain why certain techniques are working.
You may have heard that, unlike other therapies, NLP works rapidly. One reason for it is that it taps into your neurology to make a rapid and lasting change. Another one is that it works on the level of your subconscious mind. As it turns out, the current studies on neuroplasticity seem to suggest that these levels are interconnected.
I will not bore you with the science too much. Nor is this article your coaching session. However, I would like to give you a couple of simple tools so that you can use the mind-body link to your advantage.
For starters, you need to realise there is strong link between our mental state and physiology. If you feel happy and empowered, your body posture and your breathing are much different from when you are stressed or exhausted. You already know what you do with your body when you are empowered. Just think about a situation when you really felt you had it all under control and you were absolutely certain of what you were doing. Stand or sit as if you are in this situation now. This is your physiology related to that state. Now, think about something really stressful or sad and notice what you do with your body. Can you see the difference?
When you want to feel full of energy and empowered, assume that physiology, keep it for at least 2 minutes and your mind will follow. There is a wonderful video on You Tube, Power Poses by Amy Cuddy. If you can spare 15 minutes, I strongly recommend that you watch it.
Another aspect of the mind-body link is in your thinking. When you focus on a problem, each time you think about how bad the situation is and each time you talk to someone about your problem, you are making the neurological pathways related to the problem stronger. Your mind gets more and more problem-oriented. Each time you think about your problem, you activate an emotional response and your brain records that you are in a problem state. In this state it is more difficult to be resourceful in finding a solution. Focus on a problem long enough and it will become such an important part of your life that you will hold on to it even if solutions are presented to you. This will be done mostly unconsciously but it happens.
So, shall you just ignore a problem? Not really. Ignoring a problem does not solve it. Instead, acknowledge the problem and then focus on how to solve it. Think of what outcome you would like and then consider all the possible solutions to the current situation. Some of them may seem crazy and out of your comfort zone but among all those solutions there will be those that may lead to a desired outcome. Perhaps at first you may not even have any answers but when you focus your attention on how to solve the problem, on what you can do, who you can talk to, the solution sometimes comes out of the blue and it is exactly what you need.
I hope you will find experimenting with your body-mind link interesting and constructive. If you have any pertinent questions, I will be more than happy to answer them if you email them to email@example.com.