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Using Bodily Meditation

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Using Bodily Meditation

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Have you ever felt a flutter of your heart before a big moment in your life? Your body often sends signals to your brain about how you should feel and act. Tapping into bodily signals can make you wiser and more effective.

Bodily meditation is a simple, 5-minute breathing technique that helps you consciously acknowledge sensations, opening lines of communication from body to brain. 

Your Turn Practice bodily meditation.

  1. Sit upright in a comfortable chair with feet flat on the floor and eyes closed.
  2. Note how your body feels overall in its current position.
  3. Inhale deeply, feeling the sensation of air entering your nose, mouth, throat, and lungs. Note any sensations from these body parts. Exhale.
  4. Inhale again, imagining the life-giving breath extending from lungs to heart and throughout your chest and stomach. Note any sensations. Exhale.
  5. Inhale, mentally sending the energy of that breath out through shoulders and arms to hands. Note any sensations. Exhale.
  6. Inhale, sending energy down through hips and legs to feet. Note sensations and exhale.
  7. Inhale once more, imagining energy suffusing the neck and head and brain. Note sensations, and exhale.

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