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The Body Scan

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Carla-Jo Geraghty
Mindfulness Teacher and Mentor
This body scan meditation invites you to gently move your awareness around your body. Try and leave behind any preconceptions about what you should feel and instead try to simply observe what you find with a soft, kind awareness. It can help you to dissolve tension and stress allowing you to feel a sense of calm.  Please note: If you are struggling with your mental health it's really important to seek professional help. These meditations are not a substitute for that but can be used along side therapy to help to support you. For more on Carla-Jo and her work please see www.carlajo-mindfulness.com
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36 reflections
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Monét
10/17
Being aware of the sensations in my body can take my mind off of a bad mood. Even just for a slight moment.
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Kellee
10-20-17
I learned that when your stressed, take a few minutes and meditate for yourself and get back on track. My pups were active, they are now relaxed as so am I. I didn’t need to lay down but to lay back and close my brain and focus on the inner self. Thank you Aura!
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Elena
Love❤️Body❤️Scan❤️Love❤️Body
❤️Love your body it I s your Temple. You have to clear to Love your body. Feed your body. Give your body plenty of rest. Relax it Calm it try to stay away from stress but most of all Love and Take Care of your body. A healthy body healthy mind healthy Soul leads to a peaceful life. Be proud of your body. Scan your body ask your body questions how else will you find out about your body. Scan your body Scan Scan and Rescan❤️
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Sophia
Body awareness
It is so nice to feel every part of your body relax and let go. By the end, you feel like you are floating. We never notice how much tension we hold in our face and all our muscles until we actively see hunk in them and relax them. This creates a total sense of calm. It feels amazing!
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Cyndee
Breath & Body Awareness
This was a really good mindful experience but I should have picked a better time. There was way too much noisy traffic on the street because it’s lunch hour. I can usually block out noise but this was really bad! Still I focused on every word, breath and sensation. I will try this on my own right before I go to work. 🌻 Hopefully a better time!
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Meghan
therapy by being in the present
Just being present for every moment takes away the most common form of anxiety for me, which is anxiety of the future and what i should or have to do.
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Tammy
Body scan
Great way to get to know your body better. Paying specific attention to each part and how it feels and then having gratitude for each part of your body and finally your body as a whole. Our body is a gift.
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Ron
Awareness of body
Even when feeling good. Taking time to clear the mind for awareness of body can be helpful to relax
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Kathleen
The body scan
I learned that it’s okay for your mind to wander while you connect your mind to your body.
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Aliya
Relaxed
I learned that sometimes taking a break to let your mind relax is the best thing one can do for themselves.
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Sheila
Ok
I had a harder time staying focused on this one. 3 minutes may have been too short for me for this style.
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em
body scan
i really love the body scans before bed. such a good way to unwind.
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Clare
Body scan
Lovely to do this lying down after a tough day and some difficult conversations. Feeling the sensations without judgement really worked.
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Joseph
Lying down is key
Laying down during this meditation made a big difference. No muscles needed to sit up straight and no fear of poor posture.
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Jeannine
How easy it is to focus on the sensations in different parts of my body. As I practiced this I felt
I felt my body relax more. Perhaps getting out of my thinking brain is what brought more of the feeling of peace.
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Taylor
Body Awareness
A great way to focus on your body and each movement or sensation when relaxed. Overall gives you a calming, focused meditation.
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Karen
Mindfulness
I learned to become more aware of my body, to take time for myself.
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Samantha
The Body Scan
This meditation was really helpful. It’s important to frequently check in with your body, something I rarely remember to do. I liked having a short and direct focus on each body part. This helped my mind from wandering. A lot of meditations where the only focus is the breath, I end up having to redirect my focus the whole time. This made meditating much easier.
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Harvey
Body Scanning
This is a technique that I personally find most useful in dealing with my anxiousness .
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Emilie
Hele kroppen
Jeg lærte at når jeg fokusere på en og en kroppsdel vil de bli lettere å slappe av i hele kroppen,
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Nicole
I feel more aware and relaxed
There are many different sensations in the body that you don’t realise in everyday life
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Britt
Wow.
Three minutes and I got up feeling relieved and feeling lighter in my chest. More relaxed. I noticed the tingles and feelings in certain areas of the body. First attempt with the app and I like it alot!
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Jenni
Relaxed
I learned that I show become less stress and happy w/ my body. This helped me feel relaxed instead is stress
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Kayla
Hi! I just noticed a slight panic attack sparked when I thought of that class.
My heart went back to its normal pace. How can I do that without this app?
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Carla-Jo
Reconnecting with your body
Hi All, as a mindfulness teacher the first practice I always teach is the body scan. It begins the process of reintegrating your mind and body. Cultivating awareness of the body allows you to shift your attention away from all those thoughts wizzing round in the head. I encourage participants to leave behind any preconceptions they may have about what they ‘should’ feel and simply observe what they find. ☺️ Enjoy the practice , take an adventure into your body today! Let me know how you get on ❤️
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Erica
Practice
This is an important practice. I was thinking while I went through the scan and realized that many of my thoughts were not objective. They had (mild) judgements or criticisms attached to them- not necessarily bad ones, but I wonder if there isn't a way to move through this in a more neutral space regarding my body with kindness. For example- "thighs- oh my thighs are strong" or "ok neck- my neck really shouldn't be in this position i should stretch and change now." I will do a little research into objective thinking. It might be helpful in creating a more neutral space within my mind.
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Muffins
Slow scan Felt more relaxed
The slow body scan worked for me. The calm and simple and slow scan. Nice! Restful.
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Letizia
Still stressed
I’m not improving in the decrease of stress. Need holidays. Stop.
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Stu
Awakened
I felt completely at peace and in control, I trusted the meditation and it gave me what I so urgently needed. Thank you xx
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Micaela
Steps
Tiny steps. Breath. Noticing the body. Being. Closing and opening the eyes. Tiny steps towards awareness.
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Jen
First mediation
I was able to focus on my body and the way each part felt. It made me become aware of the pain I was feeling and was able acknowledge it. This helped me relax parts of me that were feeling pain.
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DCreeper64
First Meditation
I started out neutral and indifferent, yet more of a bored and uninterested way. But after my first meditation, I feel calm and relaxed. Still neutral, but at a temporary peace.
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Gary
Body scan
I missed session. Pulled away by interruption just as session began. My bad.
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Susie
Body Scan
I am always surprised at the locations of body tension...sometimes in areas, like my face, where I least expect it.
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Kristina
30.03.
I felt the soothing sensation of simplifying my thought and focusing on my breath and body.
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Eli
Eli
It felt like I was an inter dimensional being from which my mind and body operated on a fourth dimensional plane
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