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Today, we present to you two guided meditations. A "Sunday Meditation (for body and soul)" and A meditation for Acute Anxiety (or highly stressed) PLUS as a bonus, (limited time only!) recieve a FULL 1 hour recording of rolling thunder and gentle rainfall.
The Sunday Meditation for Body & Soul
This is a guided meditation designed to use on a regular basis on your day off. Hence the term "Sunday Meditation."
This meditation comes with truly beautiful music that has been enhanced with Alpha Isochronic tones – to send you into a dreamy state of mind.
The first few minutes of the meditation aim to help slow your breathing down.
The next stage is a body relaxation where you begin to relax your entire body.
We do this by shifting the focus each time to a certain part of your body.
Making sure that each part is totally relaxed and heavy… Once this has been achieved, we then move on to other places in your body.
When we reach the shoulders and neck area, this is when we use the warmth of the sun as a healing tool to really melt away the stress and tension stored in these parts of your body. The neck and shoulders for most of us, are storehouses of stress and tension.
The final 10 minutes are yours to enjoy the healing music in peace.
This is where you begin to let go of all your thoughts and simply melt into the music. The MP3 is of high quality and is an amazing 25 minutes.
Please try to do this on a regular basis. Once a week is great. Once a day (if you have the time) would be super for change. But even if you challenge yourself to do this once per week each Sunday, you will start to see the benefits in time.
Meditation is key for a relaxed life. And this is possibly the key that you're looking for.
Length: 3 recordings ( 1 hour/ 25 minutes/ 20 minutes)
File: MP3 Package (NOT on CD)
A Guided Meditation For Acute Anxiety (For the highly stressed)
This initially focuses on your breathing. This is so important intially to allow anxiety to begin to dissolve.
The guided visualization then takes you on a wondrous journey where you will meet up with an animal that is special to you.
This is where you will begin to focus your attention on giving to the animal.
Once you shift your focus away from yourself, and onto the protection of something you love, your anxiety and stress will begin to lift.
This meditation uses music and the sounds of natures wind to relax you, whilst blowing away your stress and anxiety.
This meditation runs for 20 minutes.
PLUS – With this package you will receive a quality 1 hour peaceful recording of rain and rolling thunder.
The thunder is a "gentle" thunder – simply rolling in so as not to startle you. It's a glorious full length recording and this alone is worth the $9.95!
Please enjoy this wonderful and deeply relaxing meditation package for stress, anxiety, and simply to take time out to relax.
Length: 3 recordings ( 1 hour/ 25 minutes/ 20 minutes)
File: MP3 Package (NOT on CD)
Is world peace possible?
Peace begins with making peace within ourselves first. With this world peace meditation package, we offer hope for a peaceful you and a peaceful world.
This meditation package consists of two beautiful guided meditations, "World Peace Meditation" and "The Secret Garden" Meditation.
Both meditations are spoken by the soothing voice of Jason Stephenson. (See his successful YouTube meditation channel here.)
Here is what Wikipedia says on World Peace.
For just $9.95, you can have this spiritual meditation package consisting of two peaceful guided meditations, delivered to you in an instant! (MP3 downloads)
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# 1 World Peace Meditation
This guided meditation is perfect for sending peace out to the world. But it all starts from within. First yourself, then your neighbors, community, city, nation, and finally the entire world.
This meditation almost acts as a prayer for world peace. Through meditation, we commune with our God (substitute the word God with your spiritual belief, Buddha, Krishna, Jehovah etc)
By taking time out to use this word peace meditation daily, you are in fact doing your part in praying for world peace.
One step at a time, person by person, and one day the peace we all deserve will be ours for the taking. Please take a listen to the YouTube version here. Our MP3's are of much higher quality.
# 2 The Secret Garden Meditation
Another beautiful guided meditation which focuses on peace. This guided meditation allows you to create your own garden and to release negative thoughts and patterns.
Releasing them into the earths soil, where the earth will nourish the seeds and turn your negative thoughts into more plants within the garden.
This guided meditation is a shorter meditation and is more aimed at peace within.
But we all know, world peace begins with exactly that! Peace inside each individual! Listen to the YouTube meditation here.
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Let's all work towards world peace. There are some things we don't have power over, however we do have the power to find peace within ourselves. And this the first step towards world peace.
After so many requests from my youtube channel related to pregnancy and meditations, Here it is! The long awaited super "Pregnancy Meditation Package" consisting of the best loved pregnancy work on Youtube to help pregnant mothers during and after pregnancy.
This pregnancy meditation package consists of 4 MP3 downloads including the following:
- Pregnancy Guided Meditation
- My First meditation (For baby and you!)
- Zen Mother and Baby Soft White Noise
- Coping with Crying Baby (Hypnosis)
This package is ideal for both pre natal and post natal times.
The package has been designed to cover and help wtih communication between you and your baby, stress and deep relaxation, to help baby sleep and even a hypnosis to use at a later time if you are having trouble coping with your babies crying.
And for $14.95, that works out less than $4.00 per recording. Not bad for peace of mind for you and your newborn.
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#1 Pregnancy Guided Meditation (11 minutes)
A beautifully presented guided meditation by Jason Stephenson to soothe you and your baby. This guided meditation for pregnancy encourages communication between you and your baby.
It even includes a live recording of a heart beat to help you connect with your baby on a deeper level.
You can take a listen to the YouTube version below. Please remember our MP3 versions are of superior quality.
# 2 My First Meditation (30 minutes)
This is the ideal sound recording to play from the moment your baby is born, and well into his or her first years of life.
Here is a sample of the recording here:
# 3 Zen Mother And Baby Soft White Noise
White noise has been helping many of my YouTube subscribers to relax and calm down. Not only that, it's perfect for sleep!
Please play at LOWER volumes. It almost sounds like you're at the ocean or static on a television. The secret is within the sound frequencies that are played throughout the static.
When you continue to listen to it, you and baby will find this white noise so soothing, that you will slowly be drifting off into a deep and pleasant sleep. This can also be listened to as a pregnancy meditation to relax as well. Take a listen here:
# 4 Hypnosis For Crying Baby
Your baby is now born. You haven't slept well for days. Want to stop your baby from screaming and crying? We can't promise that, but we can promise that we can help you deal with your baby crying.
In this guided hypnosis by Tarek Bibi, you learn techniques and ways to cope with your baby crying. Both you and your baby will be able to relax within no time at all.
Take a listen to a preview here:
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I hope you enjoy this pregnancy meditation package. May it provide much peace and relaxation for you and baby…. for years to come!
Royalty Free Meditation Music – Thought Sounds
This review is long overdue. In all honesty, I should have written this 3 years ago – as this is how long I've been using royalty free relaxation music from Transparent.Corp. In fact, if you take a listen to most of my brainwave entrainment tracks on Relax Me Online, you will find that 99% of them I've used are from Thought Sounds royalty free meditation music package.
I want to share with you the following: Thought Sounds 1, 2 and 3. (There is a Thought Sounds 4 out now, (mood elevation music) however, have not purchased it as yet). Each package come with a price tag of $89.95. Yes, it sounds expensive I know – however, the useage you will get out of 14 hours plus of music is worth that and more. Here are some samples below.
Thought Sounds 1– Ambient
This one is a soundscape of beautiful ambient sessions. Immerse yourself in this beautiful music inspired by nature and culture from across the world. This one, along with RELAX, have some of my favourite awesome tracks on it. Please listen to samples below and CLICK HERE to purchase
Thought Sounds 2 – Focus
This collection of music is a huge volume that has been produced to help in regards to concentration, study, focus and work. The music is mainly optimistic in its sounds and thought provoking. There are some really beautiful guitar, piano and full orchestra compositions. CLICK HERE to purchase
Thought Sounds 3 – Relax
CLICK HERE to purchase. Probably my favourite of the entire collection, this one is just unreal. Perfect royalty free meditation music and OH So Perfect for meditations, brainwave entrainment and binaural beats tracks. (Which you can make with the Neuro-Programmer – try it out for free here!)
Thought Sounds 4 – Mood Elevation (**NEW**)
CLICK HERE to purchase. So I am still yet to purchase this one. But click on the link to hear their samples. I will be getting this one soon, I just have to save some more dollars. But from what I hear, this is not just about mood elevation. This music can be used for back drops with affirmations, to lift depression, meditation and much more.
About Thought Sounds Royalty Free Music
Each bundle available from Transparent Corp has approximately 130 atmospheric tracks. (70 main tracks followed by many variations of these main ones) The tracks can be used for meditation, relaxation, hypnosis, study sessions, for depression, anxiety, health reasons and so much more.
The great thing about the Thought Sound royalty free music series is that they are all designed to work well with brain wave entrainment and binaural beats programs. I use the Neuro Programmer to load them with, however, the sound tracks already come with Perfect Loop software (For Windows) to extend the tracks and play them for as long as you require them.
They are designed as carriers for brainwave entrainment, however, don't neccessarily need to be used with this.
The music is 100% royalty free, meaning that once you purchase the music, you can use the music again and again with your clients, promotions, CD's etc. the only rule is that you cannot SELL the products without your voice on them. If you want to do this, then you must purchase a commercial lisence here.
Tracks are all around the relaxation 40 bpm and they are all production quality.
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The Neuro-Programmer – Use this to make the Royalty Free Music
This is the program I use to place all of my royalty free music on – and then add brain wave entrainment and binaural beats on them as well. This program is NOT nesscessary to purchase for the royalty free music. The music does come with it's own loop generator. However, I love this program and I've found it works a charm and is simple to use.
Please see video below.
CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE ABOUT THE NEURO -PROGRAMMER AND PUT IT ON A 2 WEEK TRIAL FOR FREE. 🙂
Christian Meditation Music and Guided Relaxation
In this article I would like to take some time to point you in the direction for the best Christian Meditations on the web today.
For many years I've been developing Guided Meditations, producing relaxation and beautiful music. However, upon reflection I feel like I've failed when it comes to creating a Christian meditation. Why? Because as of yet, I'm still yet to create one specifically for Christians. Yes, some think that meditation is just for monks. This is simply not true.
I have created many meditations and even sell music created by composers for both eastern religions and Christians, such as Dr Christopher Lloyd Clarke. My goal this year is to definitely compose some beautiful healing guided meditations for Christians – and as soon as they're complete, I will add them to this page so you can see them on YouTube and use them.
Right now, I can tell that there are specifically not too many fundamental differences when it comes to the physics of meditation – no matter who does it. Although I speak this with some reluctance as I don't want you to jump to conclusions and discount the fact that Christian meditation is NOT unique. It is.
A Meditation For Christians Program Created By Rhonda Jones
For now, I feel it is my obligation to point you in the direction to one of the best Christian sources for meditation on the web today. Rhonda Jones speaks her guided meditations with a beautiful soothing voice, and the music is sublime. You can hear a seven minute sample here.
The program, "The best of Christian and Meditation Relaxation", produced by Rhonda Jones is well worth the $49.00 price tag. Normally, the seven individual meditations sell for $9.90 each – however this package has seven for the prices of 5 meditations! (This may change at a later date, at the time of writing this it is correct)
The package also comes with a bonus 21 page e-book packed with tips on Christian Meditations. Here are the meditations (All MP3 recordings) that this course comes with.
#1. In his Presence Christian Meditation
In this meditation/ creative visualization Rhonda will take you on a journey where you will fill at one with God and feel his love and illumination flowing from your heart to all parts of your body. You can really feel the Holy Spirits presence in this recording.
#2. Quietening The Restless Mind Guided Christian Visualization
This is a beautiful guided meditation where you will be walking aside a beautiful flowing stream. This meditation reminds you that you're never alone and God is always with you…. always – even in the most difficult times. He is there with us.
A perfect way to start each day, every day. Here you can meet guide and enter into his presence and be surrounded by love each and every day.
#4. The Secret Place
Allow Jesus to guide you to his secret place.This is where you will be safe and secure and always guided and loved. This is one of my favorite meditations!
#5. Taking Control Of your Thoughts Meditation
In this meditation, Rhonda brings to light to remind us to always keeping and focusing on the positive thoughts and not allowing the negative thoughts to override our thinking.
#6. Eliminate Stress and Toxic Emotions Guided Meditation
You are never alone with your thinking. It's time now to turn your cares and worries over to the Lord Jesus Christ and stop trying to control things yourself. When we trust in the Lord with faith in our hearts, we are rewarded with so much love from God.
#7. Abundantly Blessed Guided Visualization
There is so much trouble in the world at the moment, at least on the surface. This meditation reminds us of the blessings we have through the Lord Jesus. We ARE blessed. And sometimes we need to be reminded of this in a gentle way. This is a beautiful meditation to do on a daily basis.
Here is a review (YouTube) of The Christian Meditation Program:
All of these guided meditation will not only help you to solidify your relationship with God, but they can assist in the aid of anxiety, depression and to help you to have a more relaxed and peaceful lifestyle.
I truly hope that these guided Christian meditations will help you. I do promise as soon as I record some this year, i will be putting them up here on my site too.
CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN TO THE OFFICIAL AND TRUSTED GUIDED CHRISTIAN MEDITATION SITE FOR YOUR MP3'S AND EBOOK
Please note: This course also comes with a full 60 day money back guarantee. If you do happen to purchase the course through clicking on my links, I will let you know that I will receive a small commission. This also helps me to keep doing my reviews and to offer free meditation music each month to my subscribers. Thanks for your understanding.
I really do believe that this is the best Christian meditation you will find on the world wide web to date.
Kind wishes and God Bless, Jason.
Fresh Off The Press – Theta Wave Music Composition
I am thrilled today to bring you my latest production "Theta Wave Music – with Binaural Beats & Isochronic Tones" A perfect album for meditation, sleep and general relaxation. The music is soothing and it seems to have a nostalgic feel to it. I have included a YouTube sample here.
The full album is available below as a download and it runs for 45 minutes. You can listen to the YouTube sample provided if you like. Any purchases of my meditation music made help me to continue to provide you with beautiful relaxation and meditation music.
Theta waves are present when we are asleep or in a deep meditation. Theta brain wave patterns have been discovered when we enter REM sleep. This music starts with binaural beats (that are hidden just beneath the music) in the Alpha range and slowly ramp down to the Theta range.
Enter A Blissful State With Theta Wave Music
This gives you a perfect opportunity to enter into a blissful state. Theta waves help you to connect deeply with your subconscious, often a gateway for entering a spiritual experience.
Whilst listening to Theta brain waves, many have experienced inspiring ideas, profound visualizations and true inspiration.
As this recording starts with Alpha wave patterns, this is ideal to get your creative juices flowing and your mind programmed in a positive way. Alpha brain waves have been said to assist with memory recall.
Jose Silva who created to Silva Method, a top selling meditation/success recording, uses the Alpha State for you to enter into a deep meditation and therefore are more susceptible for success programming.
I guarantee this recording to relax you. If it doesn’t, please let me know and I will refund your money in full. (No questions asked) I stand by this guarantee. 🙂
Many Blessings and please enjoy "THETA WAVE MUSIC"
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE OF THETA WAVES RECORDING
As this recording has binaural beats in it, it will have the best effect if you listen to it with headphones. I will point out here that if you all into any of the categories below, it is not recommended that you listen to this recording;
- 16 years of age or under
- Wear a pacemaker
- Suffer from any seizures
If you are on any medications of any kind, please consult with your doctor if it is safe for you to listen to binural beats prior to listening to this music.
Any kind of meditation or deep relaxation is best done on a regular basis. Doing this on a regular basis will help to ease your stress naturally and will be a powerful stress prevention remedy as well. I find early morning to be great as it is really quiet or a late evening just before bed time.
Don’t forget if you’ve not already signed up for free relaxation music each month, you can do so just by adding your name and email in the blue box at the top of the page. I will then notify you when I make new relaxation music. 🙂
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I thought I would share with you a list of my favorite youtube meditation music videos. Most of the full albums are available here from Relax Me Online, or some are totally for free.
Please note: You can also sign the blue box at the top of the page and I will send you free meditation music albums and /or brainwave entrainment recordings for health, anxiety and stress. Please enjoy 🙂
YouTube Meditation Music # 1 video
INSPIRITUS By Dr. Christopher Lloyd Clarke
This is truly a beautiful relaxation aimed for relaxation and meditation. It is emotionally stirring and soothing. The 'choir' sounds really take me away to another world.It's a 1 hour (1 track) recording.
I've found it great to drift off to sleep to. The album has been elegantly composed by Clarke who produces some of the finest meditation and relaxation albums in Australia. Relatively unheard of the in ambient music industry, this will soon change! 🙂
Sample some of his beautiful music here, and I will feature more down the page.
YouTube Meditation Music # 2 video
RELIEF FROM CHRONIC PAIN AND MIGRAINE By Jason Stephenson
This album has been a bit of a hit on YouTube for months now. The full 1 hour relaxation album is available on YouTube itself. No need for purchase. The comments I've been receiving are really encouraging to know that it is actually helping relive many people from aches and pains (especially migraines).
It has spacey sounds and water running with brainwave entrainment underneath.
Please remember to never listen to brainwave entrainment whilst driving, if you are pregnant, under 16, suffer from seizures or wear a pacemaker then brainwave entrainment is NOT for you.
It has been said a few times that those listening to it want to go to the bathroom due to the sounds of the water – so please go prior to listening!
YouTube Meditation Music # 3 video
MUSICAL RAPTURE By Joao Cota-Robles through Frederic Delarue
This wonderful music you can find on YouTube HERE! Unfortunately, YouTube is not allowing me to embed it here, so please click on the link to be taken directly to the album.
Musical Rapture is a masterpiece and has been channeled through Frederic Delarue. This full album is available for FREE – simply add your name and email to the top of the page and you will have access to gain the full album (plus others!) at no charge.
I will also send you other free albums each new month. This is truly worth taking a listen to. It's ideal for meditation or contemplation.
YouTube Meditation Music # 4 video
DEEP RELAXATION By Dr Harry Henshaw
Dr. Henshaw works in the United States as a clinical psychologist/counselor and therapist. He uses his music for those who suffer with insomnia, anxiety, or stress related problems.
His music is simple, yet highly effective in relaxing you to the core! His meditation music is ideal for sleep also.
YouTube Meditation Music # 5 video
VISIONS OF PARADISE By
Japetus is an Australian ambient musician who has been composing music since the early 1980's. Ironically, this is when I first discovered his music.
I often used this music to meditate to and it took me to far away worlds. I feel so blessed to have found his music once again. The full album is available here at Relax Me Online by clicking
. Visions of Paradise is… as the title suggests, paradise!
YouTube Meditation Music # 6 video
PARADISE CALLED EARTH By
This album by Rudnik is a gem. This music is ideal to chill out to and put on when you simply want to let go of stress, put your feet up and relax.
Full album is available from Relax Me Online in the "meditation music" section which can be found here. "Paradise Called Earth" is well worth a listen to.
YouTube Meditation Music # 7 video
VANGELIS COMPILATION ALBUMS By Vangelis
More relaxation music than meditation music, I had to include this here as Vangelis is something to behold. His music is beautiful, at times haunting, but always inspiring to listen to. This is a long play YouTube clip which plays for almost 3 hours.
Kick back, put on your headphones and enjoy the master of relaxation/inspirational music… Vangelis!
YouTube Meditation Music # 8 video
CRYSTAL RAIN By Dr Christopher Lloyd Clarke
A new release by Dr Clarke, this quartz crystal bowl meditation music is one of a kind. Great for sleep as well as meditation, this has all the top elements of an exceptional meditation music album.
The vibrations of the crystal bowls is perfect for activation of your pineal gland as well. Crystal Rain has only recently been released and I know it's going to be a hit! Full album is available here!
YouTube Meditation Music # 9 video
GAMMADRONE By J.S. Epperson
Put on your headphones and chill out big time to this meditation album which has specially embedded brainwave entrainment for ultra deep relaxation.
Tibetan Buddhist's experience high levels of Gamma brainwaves when they meditate – and this is the space you will be in when you listen to this amazing album. do yourself a favor and take a listen to all of Jay's highly crafted meditation music albums here now!
YouTube Meditation Music # 10 video
OM MANTRA WITH THETA BINAURAL BEATS By Dr Christopher Lloyd Clarke
I know, I know, I have another one of his meditation music albums. But I could not do a top 10 and NOT include this one. It's been a best seller for years and when you meditate to it, you will understand why.
It's haunting and can activate the pineal gland. It takes you into a deep Theta state of Mind where you will be almost in a trance whilst you meditate. Take a listen to the sample and then purchase the full album by clicking his name above.
I do hope you enjoyed my top 10 choices and possibly get something out of them. If you have any questions please let me know.
Also, sign up for your free monthly meditation music albums. I bring out a new album each month for free and will notify you of it by email. Just put your name and email in the blue box at the top of the page.
The Best Meditation Music On Offer Today
Relax Me Online offer the best meditation music online today. It sounds conceited I know that I am writing on a blog here on my site and saying that we have the best meditation music available. conceited or not, when I believe in a product, I will do all I can to promote it and allow others to experience the joy that I've experienced in listening to this music.
Dr Christopher Lloyd Clarke's music happens to be some of the best meditation music in the world. And yet I'm sure you've never heard of him. But please, do yourself a favor and take a sneak peek of his beautiful music. It's great for meditation, relaxation and Reiki healing too. I've had the pleasure to sell his music over the past 3 years and it is not only me that thinks he has the best meditation music on offer!
Sample one of his beautiful pieces right here and tell me if this is not some of the best mediation music that you've heard in a while?!
There are many wonderful composers out there of high quality meditation music, but we must never underestimate the beauty that we don't hear so much of. Dr. Christopher is one such composer!
Another unknown composer who has been around for years is an Australian composer by the name of Japetus.
Can I take a moment to share with you my connections with this man called Japetus?
Way back in the 1980's when I first started to get into meditation, I came across a tape of Japetus (Yes, it was a cassette tape back then) called "." Here is a sample right here:
Oh, I can' t tell you how far away this music took me whilst I was meditating. I mean, I believe I actually DID go once around the sun.. .maybe twice! I will never forget these magical moments.
Finding it hard to express myself in words, music was something to be hold. I hope one day I can personally meet him and thank him for his most inspiring and beautiful work he has offered me (and you!) here on Relax Me Online.
Another favourite of mine is his album (a double album) entitled Peace and Quiet.
Honestly, if you are looking for high quality meditation music, and are prepared to pay some money for it, then these two artists mentioned above are worth giving your hard earned money to.
There are many more artists at Relax Me Online that share their talents to you on this site, however, these are just two of my favorites. I ask you to TRY these artists in your meditation experience. If you are not 100% happy upon your experience of using the best meditation music on offer, I will personally refund your purchase in full – no questions asked! Simply let me know. Namaste.
Please take a look at my blog on Squidoo and the top benefits of meditation. Then you will see why it is so important to listen to the best meditation music online today 🙂
There are many other different types of meditation available and ways to deal with stress. Click here for more ways to deal with stress.This is only a few of them to give you an idea of what is out there. Try one today and begin to reap the benefits of meditation.
This Mindful Body post has been written by our guest blogger The Easier Softer Way. Please feel free to visit their page for a beautiful and healing site. Please now kick back and enjoy “Mindful Body.”
I recently read the book Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung and hosted a class series on mindfulness and wellness. I have learned over the years of the importance of bringing my practice off of the cushion and into my everyday life. The importance of this was what led us to begin our Daily Mindfulness Emails. However, reading this book, the class series, and continued practice has led to a new-found appreciation for my body, and its connection with my mind and heart.
Mindful Body Scans
Mindfulness of the body is not a new practice for me, as it is the First Foundation of Mindfulness. I regularly do mindful body scan meditations, which are greatly beneficial. In body scan meditations, I am able to go through my body and find where the tension is. As I focus on my tension with full concentration, I am able to loosen that area of my body and let it be. I also find that I have much more tension than I am generally mindful of. Although mindful body scans are best done lying down in a relaxed environment, we can do a quick body scan anywhere.
Recognizing the Body’s Sensations
The feelings I find in my body are often indicative of my mind state. As I experience anxiety, I may feel a tension in my chest, while resentment often manifests in my shoulders and neck. The mind body connection is undeniable. As I practice mindfulness in my life, I see the relationship more clearly. When we feel a strong emotion, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, we can look to our body and see how it feels. We may feel tension, clenching, our heart rate increasing or decreasing, a change in our breathing, a lightness to our bodies, etc. As we experience an emotion and turn to our body, we begin to recognize that the body often has a constant response to each emotion.
Using our Mindfulness of the Body
Recognizing the relation between our body and mind, we can use this knowledge to gain insight about ourselves. As the relationships become clear, the body becomes a barometer for us. When we feel a certain sensation, we can remember what emotion usually goes along with it. In many meditation techniques, our bodies are the basis of our practice, often in the form of our breath. This is because we are often more easily able to be mindful of our bodies than we are our thoughts. Using this to our advantage, we can practice mindfulness of the body in order to better understand mental phenomena. A feeling is often more noticeable in the mindful body than anywhere else if we are truly mindful.
Doing a Mindful Body Scan
For the body scan meditation, find a place to lie down comfortably. A bed is probably not ideal, as you may fall asleep. In this meditation, we will go through each part of our body and notice where there is tension. When you notice tension somewhere in your body, don’t try to push it away. Breathe into it, feel the direct sensation, and move on.
Finding your place, let your eyes close. Take a few deep breaths to center yourself and your intentions. As you take these initial deep breaths, feel the ground supporting you. Notice where your body is touching the ground, and how it is effortlessly being supported.
Starting with your feet, move slowly across your body. Feel your toes, one by one, and where there may be tension in them. Notice the arch of your foot, the balls, and the space between your toes. As you concentrate on each spot, look for the direct experience and nothing else. Just notice what you feel in that specific part. Move up to your heel and your ankle. As a joint, our ankles may hold more tension that other spots. We make a note of the sensation, and continue moving.
We move up into the calf, feeling and pain or pleasure that may arise. If we are tense, we feel the tension, and move on. We stop for a moment at the knees, then move up to the thighs and pelvis.
Continue slowly up your lower back and abdomen, feeling whatever tension may arise. Climb up your shoulder blades and spine, rib cage and chest, until you reach the top of your shoulders. Slowly move down your arms, feeling your upper arms first. Stop at the elbow to feel what sensations may arise, and move down the forearm to the wrist. Move especially slowly through your hand. Take note of how your palm feels different than the top of your hand. Run along each finger individually, scanning for any feeling.
Then move up to the neck, moving mindfully up it. Feel the tension and pleasure, and continue moving. Reaching our head, we go up the back first. We feel any direct sensation, moving to the top of our heads. As we get to the face, we remind ourselves to move slowly. We feel our eyes, nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin. We try to notice the sensations without labeling them. We move to the mouth, feeling our jaw, usually a bit clenched. We feel our tongue and lips. We go up our jawline to our ears.
Touching every spot in our body mindfully and with concentration, this scan should take at least 10 minutes. As you finish scanning your body, let your eyes slowly open.
The point of this meditation is to practice being mindful of our bodily sensations. We take the time to feel everything that is going on. After completing this mindful body scan meditation, be mindful of your body’s sensations throughout your day.
This practice of the mindful body scan will help us see what are bodies are telling us, having open awareness in each moment.
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