Body Scan: Part by Part and Whole Body
Deanna Burkett, MA, MS
Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, Kripalu Yoga Teacher
Strengthening our awareness of the body can be compared to building a home for ourselves--a home, a refuge, for the mind. We build this home brick by brick, each time we meditate. Using a system of meditation with reliable, habit-forming stages can help support this process, which is why the Body Scan offered here intentionally moves through several stages, which all of my meditations follow. Some of these stages include: 1) arriving in the body in a settled but alert way 2) arriving with goodwill for ourselves--greeting ourselves with kindness 3) choosing a meditation object. In this Body Scan, the meditation object is body sensation, beginning with "contact points," moving into "part by part" and ending with "whole body" awareness. I recommend practicing this sequence regularly, with and without guidance, which can help build confidence in our ability to locate the "home" of the body throughout the day.
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