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Day Eight Meditation

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William James Davies, DCMT
Psychotherapist & Mindfulness Teacher
Introducing the Body Scan meditation in this, the eighth recording in a series intended for anyone who is new to mindfulness meditations, but also useful to people who might have struggled to engage with meditation practices in the past. Day by day you will become more familiar with different aspects of mindfulness meditations and exercises, and soon you’ll be comfortable to guide yourself in meditation, rather than just listening to recordings. Even though these meditations are presented as a sequence, you may like to repeat or return to some of the recordings, I would simply recommend that you don’t jump ahead, as you may miss some useful content.
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6 reflections
Best body scan ever
Love his voice. But clear and slow progression. Super relaxing.
Spotlight of Attention
In this day eight meditation of the ten day series, William guides us through a body scan. Even though there is no right or wrong way, many practitioners of meditation have different ways of how they perform body scans. The key to any body scan is that we mustn’t create sensations if there isn’t any present. Instead, if sensations are present, we are to notice that sensations arise, stay awhile and fade away. After all, mindfulness is becoming aware of ‘What Is’ in the present moment. With a spotlight of attention from my conscious mind, I became aware of my toes, all the way up to my head and then my breathing body as a whole. Throughout this process, I noticed sensations in various parts of my body. In places where tension is usually held, such as the shoulders, I imagined breathing into the muscles on my in breath and letting anything go, that was ready to go, on my out breath. The key is to not force anything to go if it isn’t ready to go. It is important to periodically bring our spotlight of attention to our body as we go through our day. It is not only important to practice our awareness, thus expand our mindfulness in the present moment, but also to allow our mind to get out of our head from time to time to experience and explore the mind-body connection. Namaste...❤️☮️🙏🏻😊
I find this practice difficult, it's not that I couldn't focus on each part of the body, the thing was that I couldn't feel some parts of the body...like they weren't there...
More challenging practice
I learned that the longer and more in depth the practice is, the more challenging it is. This was my first body scan and it was very cool. I’m excited to try one again.
Time flies when focusing!
I learned that my mind is more able to focus easily on the body sensations I was thinking Body Scan is Boring But today I really enjoyed because I felt a lot of different feelings in the body in more subtle ways
I found it challenging to focus patiently for so long on each part of my body. Realized how little I pay attention to raw sensation. Worked very well for fewer intruding thoughts as it takes energy to direct that spotlight of mindfulness to the present.