Now watch what happens to the mind. The mind gets bored easily, like a monkey. It begins to wander and jump from one thought to another. It wants to think about the nasty thing someone said to you. It wants to worry about your child or your partner's problems. It wants to fret about that difficult talk you have to have with someone. It even insists that now is the time to start thinking about the clothes you have to pack for that trip. Or any one of a thousand other excuses except to just BE...to just sit with your self, with your body, with the sensations in your body.
Here's the tip...Every time you realize you are thinking thoughts, gently bring your attention back to your body...yes your BODY. Quietly check in with your body to see if it's telling you something. You might notice a sensation or feeling anywhere in the body. Bring your attention there. The mind will immediately want to assign a description to it. It will say to you, "Oh, that's the time you fell" or "My arthritis is acting up again" or "Oh God, I wonder if I'm getting cancer" or "My elbow is aching, it's never ached before, don't tell me I'm getting bursitis!" Or the mind wants to rush to yet another excuse and thought for not being with that sensation or feeling.
In the journey to BE with yourself, none of these thoughts are important. What is important is to just BE with the sensation, without ascribing any judgment, any reasoning, any name to that sensation. It's about being with the sensation and allowing that sensation to increase, to decrease, to change or move. It's JUST a sensation. BUT, that sensation often carries within it an emotion. If you allow yourself to just BE with the sensation and experience it, you might be surprised at what arises....maybe tears, maybe love, maybe fear, maybe joy, maybe anger, or a myriad of other feelings. And all or any of them are OK. Yes they are all OK.
And when the feeling or emotion arises, don't push it away. Don't analyze it. Don't fear it because this is only a feeling or emotion that has been blocked for maybe a long time in your nervous system causing dis-ease. Instead just embrace it. And feel it. And send it loving compassion. And keep sending it compassion. And when you think it's had enough, send it more compassion. Because the body knows how to heal and it will do so if given the chance. We only fail in our ability to give self-compassion, even for five minutes a day.
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