One of my favorite ways to practice mindfulness is with a body scan meditation. Not only is it a great way to tune into your body but it can also encourage you to notice your thoughts, emotions and sensations without judgement and then allow them to eventually pass as they do. It is also calming to the nervous system which is why I have been known to talk clients through it after a workout, or even beforehand if they are feeling stressed or ungrounded. Try it before bed, first thing in the morning or any time you need to check in. It is literally the LBD (little black dress) of meditations.

 "You are the sky. Everything else, it's just the weather." -Pema Chödrön 

"You are the sky. Everything else, it's just the weather." -Pema Chödrön 


Body Scan Meditation 


Lay on your back with your palms facing up or sit tall in a chair with both feet planted on the floor. 

Close your eyes, and start to tune into your breath. Are your breaths deep and satisfying or shallow and quick? 

Take a few more moments simply noticing your breath. Feel free to bring your hands to your stomach or your heart if you are needing a little extra TLC. 

Starting with your right foot, begin to notice the physical sensations of your big toe. Move your way slowly through the other toes, then the arch, the top of the foot, the heel, the calf etc. 

Continue this process throughout your entire body allowing thoughts or feelings to pop up but trying not to let them pull you with them. Just breath and notice. 

You might take note of one side of the body, ie the left hip feeling different than the other side, ie the right hip. 

You might also notice where you may be holding tension, for instance in your jaw. Feel free to let the tension go if you can. 

Finish with the crown of the head, and when you're ready take a moment to notice your entire body as a whole. Sit with that for as long as you like. 

To come out of the meditation start to wiggle your fingers and toes, much like coming out of savasana. Take a few big stretches and gently flutter your eyes open. 

There are plenty of recordings of the body scan online, so feel free to use one of those. That said if you can remember the simple steps you'll find it lovely to do it in silence on your own. Enjoy!

 

 

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