Dr Johannes Glarner masterfully connects leadership to yoga and mind body practices.
In his own words:
Whenever we perceive something, think and feel or take decisions and act: we do so by means of sensations occurring in our bodies. Our perceptions, our thinking, our feeling andour resulting reactions and actions are always directly connected to our body’s state and condition; they are under its influence and depend on it – even when we are acting in leading positions.
We are used to negate our body when we are at work. It is supposed to function and obey in a manner as efficient, silent and frictionless as possible. Sometimes it would be best if it weren’t there at all or it would be preferable, if it were nothing more than an elegant riding animal for our head. At least we treat it – somewhat unconsciously – as though it were such a mere riding animal: We feed it, clean it and groom it just like a riding animal, according to the required circumstances. In reality we are constantly having it trot along under us, drilled quite well, sometimes somewhat exercised and once in a while even spruced up.
Our body is however always present as an integrated whole, even if in our professional lives it may at times that we have no need for it. And of course, nothing will go without it. There can be no step, no blink of an eye or single mouse-click without it. A body is always there and, else than thought, it cannot lie. It will always clearly tell us where its limits lay and it will give us strong indications if it is not doing well, be it partially or entirely. And that’s not all: The way we treat our body, the way we move it, the postures we adopt: all of that forms our feelings and thoughts and therewith our sight of the outer world, of others and of the tasks lying in front of us. The other way around we are formed by our thoughts and feelings and they imperceptibly inscribe themselves as patterns in our body starting from childhood. And the older we grow, the more these inscriptions become perceptible and visible.
If we really want to lead in a positive way, it is advisable to start with ourselves, by knowingly guiding our own body. If we empirically examine it and thereby also open it to some extent, we will incidentally get to know the functioning and the conditionings of our mind better. Our thought and our feeling will automatically open up for all that is positive. We will come to be individuals and decision-makers who are more autonomous because they are more selfaware. By getting aware of our individual physical- and breathing patterns, we become able to recognize the borders and frames of our cognition and with that, to instinctively widen our perceptive- and sensual patterns. With the help of selected techniques and of precise, neutral observation, we can even start to break them down step by step. With that we unleash blocked energies and at the same time we become more energetic and more relaxed, more creative and decisive, friendlier and more trustful. Mens sana in corpore sano.
Dr Johannes Glarner
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