I normally try to share on my blog more beautiful images than my feet (though those are my favorite socks). Here I am doing the “legs- up-the-wall” yoga pose, which is so not the proper Sanskrit name for that one. This is also the pose most likely to make my children laugh and point at me.
But it seemed fitting as this week your invitation is to climb back inside your body with a guided practice, which happens to start with your big toe. When I first started meditating I would feel pretty annoyed at the simple body scan practices. They seemed so rudimentary– I mean I know I have all these different components to my body.
Why do I need to move through them all slowly while meditating?
As is often the case, simple does not mean easy. And if you are like most of us, you might discover that you carry a fair degree of tension in your body. This is useful info! This is knowledge that your big brain doesn’t have. Knowledge about you, your direction in life, and what you might need to let go of to create some more ease in your own skin.
So here is a guided meditation for you to try out. It is called “Climbing Back Into Your Body” and it is from Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck.
You might try it at different hours (morning, evening, lunch etc), just to see how you feel in your body from the inside out. Truthfully it is a great practice to do on a regular basis to keep yourself attuned to the wisdom of your body and able to hear its soft guidance for living your own truest, fullest life.
Climb into Your Body Meditation (Audio file if you would like to download the meditation + listen on the go).
Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three young children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can schedule a complementary clarity session to talk more.
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