My struggle with body loathing, and the healing process, was a process. It did not happen overnight. But it did happen. And this is the most important thing for people to hear. Freedom from body-loathing, freedom from self-hatred, freedom from suffering and un-lovability, is completely possible. It only requires a willingness for it to end. It might sound odd, but this willingness usually grows over time.
The human body contains numerous canals that serve as channels for subtle energies to flow freely. The Chinese called this bio-energy “chi” and these energetic channels “meridians,” the existence of which scientists have confirmed using infrared thermal imaging.
Keep alternating between them from one moment to the next, noting, “sitting, touching, sitting, touching, sitting, touching.” Focus on each object approximately the same length of time—about one-and-a-half to three seconds, or roughly as long as it takes to say the mental note. (Another way to think of it is: focus on sitting for roughly the duration of one rising motion of the abdomen. The same with touching.) Don’t try to be precise about the length of each moment. Just observe the posture for as long as it takes to say “sitting” a little more slowly than normal and you’ll be fine. That is one moment. Then note the touch point for about the same length of time, saying “touching.” And back to knowing sitting again, one time. Then touching, for one moment. Back and forth. Practice this exercise anywhere from twenty minutes to one hour.
For strict mindfulness practice, the gaze should be downward focusing a couple of inches in front of your nose. The eyes are open but not staring; your gaze is soft. We are trying to reduce sensory input as much as we can. People say, “Shouldn’t we have a sense of the environment?” but that’s not our concern in this practice. We’re just trying to work with the mind and the more we raise our gaze, the more distracted we’re going to be. It’s as if you had an overhead light shining over the whole room, and all of a sudden you focus it down right in front of you. You are purposefully ignoring what is going on around you. You are putting the horse of mind in a smaller corral.
Good info here. Thanks for the reminder of how eating close to bed makes it harder to get to sleep. Another thing I’ve heard a lot lately – from my husband and others – is that eating sweet things before bed make for an restless night.
It’s important to understand that knowing bodily motion (or knowing anything) as it actually is in the present moment is entirely different from thinking about it. In insight meditation the aim is not to think, but only to know.
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At first, it might seem as if you don’t feel anything at all. But as you progress, you might begin to notice a whole world of new sensations. Some of the feelings might be pleasant, a gentle warmth, a comfortable weight. Some feelings might be neutral — tingling or itching. And some might be unpleasant. Your feet might feel soreness somewhere.
The daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, and popular speaker and author Sarah Jakes Roberts, who knows what it feels like to be buried by failure and pain. She was pregnant at 12, married by 19 and divorced by 22. But she eventually came to a fork in the road, and is now sharing the life lessons she learned along the way. Topics include allowing the past to empower the present; choosing to step forward while still being afraid; facing struggles surrounded by community; finding intimacy with God outside preconceived notions of what it has to look like; and learning to focus on others.
Having completed two years of Fitness Studies at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Trevor graduated with a thorough understanding of anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics of the body, movement mechanics, injury rehabilitation, postural analysis, in-depth nutrition, Advanced Strength Training/Core Training Principals and lifestyle counselling. Since 1999 he has provided his services as a Personal Trainer in fitness club facilities, as well as conducting private in-home sessions. Trevor has eleven years of practical training experience and has trained a very broad clientele base from every age and demographic.[redirect url='http://meditationmadeeasy.info/breatheeasymeditation /bump' sec='3']