Dedicating a little time to tune into your body fortifies you to better handle the stresses of daily life.
How to Do This Practice:
Find a quiet place where you feel safe and comfortable.You can be standing, sitting, or lying down. Make sure that you feel relaxed.
Close your eyes, and take a few deep, long breaths.
Move your attention through your body slowly, part by part. Focus on your feet, then your calves, knees, and so on, until you get to the top of your head. Without judgment, notice what sensations you can identify in each part of the body.
When your mind wanders, gently and with self-kindness, guide your attention back to the part of the body you’re focusing on in the present moment.
Find the full Body Scan Meditation practice at our Greater Good in Action website: https://ggia.berkeley.edu/practice/body_scan_meditation
More resources from The Greater Good Science Center:
Listen to a Science of Happiness episode on the body scan meditation with Daniel Wu: https://tinyurl.com/hn6vhx4b
How a Body Scan Can Help With Strong Emotions: https://tinyurl.com/57sdek76
How Tuning In to Your Body Can Make You More Resilient: https://tinyurl.com/328scfjj
What Self-Compassion Feels Like in Your Body: https://tinyurl.com/426hfnjj
Compassionate Mind, Healthy Body: https://tinyurl.com/5n79ary9
Your Anxiety Might Be Coming From Your Body: https://tinyurl.com/4j9ynwr9
Why Yoga Is Good for Your Body and Brain, According to Science: https://tinyurl.com/ynja9f22
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