Our bodies are fields of vibration. It’s obvious right? Even though it feels woo. My teeth are denser than my muscles…that means that they are at a lower vibration. They are more solid. An exercise we can use to experience this directly is to focus internally from the densest to the subtle-est. Bones and muscles, tendons and ligaments, internal organs and the fascial tissue that weaves it all together, and then the boundary of the skin, then feeling the air on the skin.
You can experiment with this yourself. Don’t hesitate to use your imagination to connect with the various parts of the body. This simple exercise is priceless in terms of becoming aware of our bodies in time and space. Often we aren’t in our bodies! We are thinking about past and future…using the imaginal mind to unfurl stories and memories which exist only in our minds. – when we open our eyes they aren’t here any more, or they don’t exist yet.
If you’ve ever attended a Vipassana meditation retreat you may have done a simpler more diffuse body scan to begin your meditation practice. Bringing our attention, focus and awareness back into our bodies is an essential part of the transformation power of yoga.
As we learn to be present to the body in this spacious non-judgmental way, the emotional wounds the body carries can be healed. The power of this cannot be overestimated. Carrying a body full of memory interferes with our capacity to fill our present moments with newness- the fullness of our love & creativity.
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