Feeling Your Body: The Body Awareness Technique
You are simply observing what is already occurring in your natural ordinary awareness.
This is a simple process that allows you to stay grounded in your body as you work through your emotional fears. "Feeling Your Body" is an essential exercise. Come back to it often. It is not complex. The more you practice it, the simpler it gets, and the deeper it goes.
- Find a quiet place to sit down. You may keep your eyes open or closed. Become aware of your natural breathing.
- Observe any sensations you are feeling. Try not to lose yourself to your thinking mind or to outside distractions. Be fully present in your body and direct your attention to it as much as possible.
- Now notice where you have your attention at this moment. Surely, you are reading these words and you are also aware of your surroundings. See if you can be aware of your inner body at the same time. Keep your attention within. Pull it into focus.
- Stay aware of yourself in your body. Let yourself become aware of your breathing for a moment and notice any feelings of discomfort in your body. At the same time, notice that the sun is shining, the dog is barking, and the people in the next room are talking. Keep breathing and notice that all this is happening in a remarkable inter-relationship between you, your breathing, and all you are observing. This effortless maneuver is both spontaneous and extraordinary. In this state, there is total acceptance. You are simply observing what is already occurring in your natural ordinary awareness.
This experience doesn't need to take long. But spending a few minutes in contact with yourself is one of the most important tools of self-inquiry, leading to emotional balance and self-understanding. Inevitably, it will become a cornerstone in your life practice.
(Photo: Painting by Marie Laurencin - Portrait de Mademoiselle Chanel)