Body Scan Meditation with BOB STAHL
Your bonus meditation for today
Settling Into The Body And Releasing Tension with Elise Bialylew
A meditation for children
The Butterfly Bodyscan with Susan Kaiser Greenland
Bonus: This meditation is available for you to download and keep.
Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, and families. She played a foundational role in making mindfulness practices developmentally appropriate for young people and helped to pioneer activity-based mindfulness with her first book The Mindful Child. Her second book, Mindful Games, offers simple explanations of complex concepts, methods, and themes while expanding upon her work developing activity-based mindfulness games. In addition, Susan has recorded a series of brief guided meditations for grownups entitled Mindful Parent, Mindful Child.
Mindfulness of the bODY
When starting meditation, many of us judge our practice based on how good or bad it feels in the moment. Joseph Goldstein, Vipassana meditation teacher and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, has some wise words to offer on this:
"Our progress in meditation does not depend on the measure of pleasure or pain in our experience. Rather, the quality of our practice has to do with how open we are to whatever is there."
So today, when you meditate, remember that an important part of mindfulness meditation is simply that you are able to be aware of whatever is present for you – whether positive, negative or neutral.
Consciously bringing your attention to the body strengthens your ability to be more present and, over time, builds self awareness.
Today, check in with your body a few times throughout the day, and pay particular attention to any unnecessary tension you’re holding (particularly around the shoulders and neck) with the outbreath release this tension.
You might find it helpful to set an alarm on your phone to remind you to do this at three separate times in your day, or perhaps every half-hour if you’re sitting at a desk.
If you are participating in our Facebook community, share your observations from yesterday’s interview and your biggest takeaways, and let us know if you've meditated today.
If you’re not on social media, perhaps you have a meditation buddy you can chat with about what you learned today, or write it down in your journal.
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