One simple but powerful benefit of meditation is that I now regularly check in with my body. Every few minutes, sometimes multiple times a minute, I check in.
Every time, my focus is a little different, but I always notice something:
- How does my breath feel? Does it flow freely? Is it deep or shallow? Fast or slow?
- How is my posture? Am I sitting or standing symmetrically?
- Are there any unnecessary tensions I can let go?
- Do some parts of my body feel warmer or colder than others?
After checking in, I take a conscious breath. Sometimes I add a smile.
Doing this check-in regularly adds a sort of continuity to my day. When I forget to do it I often wonder “where have the last 3 hours been?”
This habit - as simple as it seems - seems to be something that comes with exercise. It helps me enjoy life a little bit more.
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Weekly Mindfulness Practice
Start at the top of your head and gently scan down towards your toes. Don’t try to change anything in your body while scanning. Only notice.
You can do this exercise every time you take a quick break.
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