Before we begin this simple mindfulness practice, allow yourself to find a comfortable resting position, either lying on the floor or sitting in a chair.
1)Bring your attention to the sensations in the body and breath
2) Expand awareness to include the entire body, from the tips of the toes to the crown of the head. You may notice all kinds of sensations, including uncomfortable or even painful ones. You may also be aware of the absence of sensation in some parts of the body. Stay curious and present to whatever sensations are arising, and notice that you may enjoy some of them and disapprove of others.
Stay curious and present to whatever sensations are arising, and notice that you may enjoy some of them and disapprove of others.
3) See if you can bring a soft, curious, and even friendly awareness to these feelings of liking and disliking. Begin to expand awareness to sounds, smells, all of the senses, continuing to notice what is present. Notice any qualities of liking or disliking, of moving toward some experiences and away from others. You can even do this with any thoughts or emotions that may be coming and going in the mind and body from moment to moment, whether these thoughts and emotions are pleasant or unpleasant.
4) Do your best to be fully present to your experience of the moment. Notice whatever is here in terms of sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Notice especially the strong or subtle sense of wanting things to be different than the way they are. You may notice feelings of grief, irritation, or amusement arise as you watch this play of judgments and opinions about what is happening inside and outside you.
5) Continue to stay present to whatever is here. When you feel ready, open or raise your eyes, stretch your body, and move on to your next activity, perhaps bringing this gentle, curious, and friendly attention to whatever you may find yourself doing next.
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