Jul 31 2012
Dear Goddess, I recently started doing a body scan, as part of my mindfulness meditation practice.
Here are instructions for doing the Body Scan: Lie on your back with your legs uncrossed, your arms at your sides, palms up or down, and your eyes open or closed, as you wish. Focus on your breathing, how the air moves in and out of your body. After several deep breaths, as you begin to feel comfortable and relaxed, direct your attention to the toes of your left foot. Tune into any sensations in that part of your body while remaining aware of your breathing. It often helps to imagine each breath flowing to the spot where you’re directing your attention. Focus on your left toes for one to two minutes.
Then move your focus to the sole of your left foot and hold it there for a minute or two while continuing to pay attention to your breathing. Follow the same procedure as you move to your left ankle, calf, knees, thigh, hip and so on all around the body. Pay particular attention to any areas that cause pain or are the focus of any medical condition (for Asthma, the lungs; for Diabetes, the pancreas). Pay particular attention to the head: the jaw, chin, lips, tongue, roof of the mouth, nostrils, throat, cheeks, eyelids, eyes, eyebrows, forehead, temples and scalp.
Finally, focus on the very top of your hair, the uppermost part of your body. Then let go of the body altogether, and in your mind, hover above yourself as your breath reaches beyond you and touches the universe.
Through the process of doing the body scan, I realized how out of touch with my body I actually am.
For instance, I tend to ignore pain thus causing me to feel separate from all parts of my body.
Feeling pain instead of running away from it makes us stronger.
The same can be said for emotional pain. The more we ignore it, the more insensitive we become. Not only are we out of touch with ourselves, but also with everyone else we come in contact with.
Changing jobs caused me more emotional and physical pain than I ever was willing to acknowledge. Yet being smack in the middle of the experience taught me to stop comparing, dwelling in the past, and making assumptions about people’s motives.
The result is radical honest surrounding the whole of what is.
Om Peace Amen