Welcome to week seven friends! This week we’re practicing the Body Scan for self care.
The purpose of the body scan, is to bring awareness to each part of our body sequentially, to see how it feels today in this very moment - not to change or judge the body which is what we’re used to doing when we feel something inside whether we like the feeling or not. In this body scan we just want to experience how the body feels in this very moment without forcing anything to happen.
What’s interesting about this mindful moment is that you may find your mind wandering away from the body, going into the past or present thoughts which is what we talked about last week. For this practice if the mind does wander see if you can bring it back to another point in the body and breath again recognizing the sensations that are arising there. Sensations can feel like a pulsating, tingling, twitching, itching, numbness, really anything that your feeling in your body is a sensation that you can register for this exercise. In a body scan we slowly and systematically move our attention through the various areas of the body, from the top of our head to our feet, noting any physical sensations as we go along. Remember there is no need to alter your body or strive to feel anything. We just try to notice what is happening and become aware of the emotions and thoughts as we arrive at each place in the body. This body scan will take us around ten minutes so please make sure you’re in a mindful body position as to not let physical discomfort distract you.
My hope is that as these last few weeks have passed you’ve found yourself using mindfulness when you’re feeling strong emotional responses and need a moment to reset the body. This use of mindfulness is in fact a self care technique. One that costs you no money at all and you don’t need anything besides your ability to breath and feel what’s happening in your body in this present moment.
As always you’re feedback and comments are greatly appreciated. So feel free to share your experience.