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Mindful : August 2018
When was the last time you noticed how your body was feeling? Not just when you have a headache or you’re tired or you have heartburn after that spicy taco you ate for lunch. But just noticing how your body is feeling right now, while you’re sitting or standing or lying down. How about noticing how your body feels while you’re sitting in an important meeting or walking down the street or playing with your children? In our busy, high-tech, low-touch lives, it’s easy to operate detached from our own bodies. They too easily become vessels we feed, water, and rest so they can continue to cart around our brains. We don’t pay atten- tion to the information our bodies are sending us or the effect that forces such as stress are having—until real health problems set in. Let’s take a small and simple step in the direc- tion of paying our body the attention it is due. Consider taking just a few minutes— every day, if you can—to notice your own physical- ity. Not to judge your body or worry about it or push it harder at the gym, but to be in it. How to Listen to Your Body Here’s an easy body- scan practice to try. It will tune you in to your body and anchor you to where you are right now. It will heighten your senses and help you achieve g reater levels of relaxation. You can do it sitting in a chair or on the floor, lying down, or standing. Your body is always sending you messages. This practice helps you learn to hear what it’s saying—by taking the time to notice. 18 mindful August 2018 LIVING | practice Illustration by Gwenda Kaczor