A guest blog series by Wellcelium Teacher, Max Pearl, founder of TransResilience.
So far, we’ve explored paying attention to our body sensations, learning to recognize emotions in our bodies, holding our bodies and ourselves with compassion and curiosity, and finding pleasure in simple touch. In this post, I’ll talk about how to experiment with conscious movement, and how that can help you come home to your body.
There are a lot of ways you can experiment with conscious movement. If you are already geared toward athletic activities, such as running, hiking, biking, etc., you might start there. But instead of doing whatever is habitual, work to really notice what’s happening in your body as you are moving. Notice how your body is feeling as you do that activity. Notice what you find pleasant, what you find unpleasant, and what’s neutral. Notice when emotions arise – what do you do with them? How do you experience them?
If you’re not inclined toward athletic activities, or you just want to try something different, there are a lot of different ways to work with conscious movement. Walking meditation, which is a core part of many Buddhist mindfulness practices is one great way to work with moving your body with mindfulness.