Body Scan Meditation
The body scan meditation focuses attention on physical sensations in the body. The practice is completed by “scanning” one’s awareness through the entire body on a micro level. Attention is given to every inch of the body. The purpose of this practice is to cultivate the ability to notice what is being experienced in the body- this includes all of the systems of the body- bones, skin, internal organs, digestion, etc. This is a particularly useful practice to learn self-awareness about how physical experience is tied to emotional experience. For each emotion we experience, there is a way in which that emotion resides in the body, and by opening one’s attention to receiving this information, one can begin to learn how to better respond to physical and emotional cues and their interrelated cognition. You may notice a range of emotions during your practice, this is OK and expected, the important part of the practice is to stay connected and aware of your experience without judgement.
I hope you enjoy the practice, and feel free to contact me with any questions.
You can choose to practice this on your own without guidance, or you can listen here:
Audio link (approx 20-25 minutes): Body Scan Guided Practice