then she tells us to lay down, saying we might want to put a pillow under our knees and possibly evening cover ourselves with the nursery school blankets she handed us. The lights are dimmed and my inner child begins snoring. But the rest of me feels like a feral kat trapped in a dark alley looking for any manner out .
The suspiciously calm-voiced dame relentlessly offers us something she calls, “ silence ” ( it burns, it burns ! ). We are asked to notice any sensations we might be able to experience. A sensation ? What the heck is a “ sensation ” ? She says sensations are things we might notice in the body, ( not liking this noticing the body, occupation ! Please stop saying this ! ). She mentions a menu of sensation possibilities we might notice, like tingling, constriction, estrus or coolness, buzzing or pulsing or itching, or numbness—even nausea. What the heck ? No wonder I avoid connecting with my body ! need I explain the concept of numbing out ? The very estimate of having to notice my torso enraged me. And even worse, I had no clue if I was doing it correct and that enraged me even more .
Our honey-tongued steer seemed to be ignoring my inner pleas for her to stop, “ Look dame … if I listened to my soundbox, right now, I ’ five hundred leap up and throttle you ! ”
obviously I was supposed to notice this besides. Argh !
Something was changing in my relationship to discomfort. I noticed that I could stay more present and tuned in, even if I didn ’ thymine like what I was feeling .
During the first few “ body scans ” I by and large thought about lunch and how my butt compares to other target anywhere on the planet. Every so often I would notice a ace in my soundbox. When I did, I immediately became alarm or bored or my mind just wandered off to Taco Bell .
lone after being guided through many, many body scans did I seem to have a “ Hold on, call coming through ! ” consequence. Was that me experiencing itches, twitches, cramps, and screams and just watching as they softened and settled ? Was I only imagining that I was increasingly able to be irritated without needing to find person to blame…where ’ s the fun in that ? Something was changing in my kinship to discomfort. I noticed that I could stay more give and tuned in, flush if I didn ’ thymine like what I was feeling. Interesting.
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That was a few years ago. nowadays, I notice that I am increasingly able to stay and examine sensations that show up in my torso when I feel disturbance on its way. I can be with my stress-clenched butt joint, my indignant chew, my quaking belly. By practicing the body read, I am learning to stay lightly present to the United Colors of Stress as it tries to hole up in my body. More and more, I can notice what I feel without having to hold on to it. I can let it go and return to the present moment over and over. Damn, I ’ m good .
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The Benefits of the Body Scan Practice:
- Enhances your ability to bring your full attention to real-time experiences happening in the present moment—helpful when emotions or thoughts feel wild.
- Trains to explore and be with pleasant and unpleasant sensations, learning to notice what happens when we simply hang in there and feel what’s going on in “body-land” without trying to fix or change anything.
Give it a sample :
Body Scan Meditation for Beginners:
30-Minute Body Scan for Beginners
It is recommended you allow about 30 or 40 minutes to let yourself actually investigate this practice. But if you don ’ t have that much meter, utilize whatever time you have. You might want to lay down, but you can besides do it sitting up, particularly if that makes it easier for you to stay alert.
- Closing your eyes can be helpful to allow you to focus or, if you’d rather, you can always lower and half-close your eyes.
- Bring awareness to the body breathing in and out, noticing touch and pressure where it makes contact with the seat or floor. Throughout this practice, allow as much time as you need or want to experience and investigate each area of the body.
- When you’re ready (no rush), intentionally breathe in, and move your attention to whatever part of the body you want to investigate. You might choose to do a systematic body scan beginning at the head or feet. Or, you might choose to explore sensations randomly. Enjoy!
- Sensations might include buzzing, or tingling, pressure, tightness or temperature, or anything else you notice. What if you don’t notice any strong sensations or things feel neutral? You can simply notice that, too. There are no right answers. Just tune in to what’s present, as best you can, without judgement. You’ll notice judgement puts a different spin on things.
- The main point is being curious and open to what you are noticing, investigating the sensations as fully as possible, and then intentionally releasing the focus of attention before shifting to the next area to explore.
- At some point, you’ll notice Elvis and your attention have left the building. Yup. Great noticing! You’ll quickly discover that you can’t stop your attention from wandering. Sorry ’bout that. But over time you can train it to stay for longer periods: train it, not force it, there’s a difference.
- Each time your attention wanders, simply notice that this is happening, then gently and kindly (it’s really important that you don’t try to force anything) direct your attention back to exploring sensations in the body. Rinse and repeat until you’ve finished your entire body exploration.
- And hey! Neuroscience tells us that noticing drifting attention, and gently returning our focus to wherever we’ve placed it, over and over, is how we create new pathways in the brain.
- At the end of this exploration of bodily sensations, spend a few moments to expand your attention to feeling your entire body breathing freely.
- Open your eyes if they have been closed. Move mindfully into this moment.
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