I have often used the following quotation on courses:
“Mr Duffy lived a short distance from his body” while remembering also how Jon Kabat-Zinn stressed the importance of a daily body-scan practice at the start of the day.
Our bodies are always available to us if we can anchor our awareness to them. Coming home to our bodies is like tuning in to an instrument: it takes practice. Turning inwards, the body is a source of wisdom.
How do we experience in the body, perhaps meeting someone we love, or saying ‘Goodbye’ in a Zoom session, – a joy, sadness, anger or fear – really tuning into the experience? What is the body telling us we need?
This is known as protective mindfulness. I like the metaphor of a phone battery charge level, that tells us when the phone needs recharging.
Our body is the equivalent of the phone’s indicator, tuning in to assess whether we are in need of replenishing the energy in ourselves by, for example, taking a walk, a warm bath, or watching a TV film.
I love the next quotation too:
“Your body will tell you things that your mind will talk you out of”
Trust what your body is telling you. Use mindfulness as a wise gatekeeper, not feeding that which does not serve us. We don’t have to feed the habits of the mind.
Do please let me know if you are interested in coming to the Monday
Mindfulness evenings, weekly from 7.30 – 8.30 p.m.
You are most welcome to join any of the Monday sessions
Warm wishes to you all.