Posted tagged ‘senses’

Tuning into your body!!

August 13, 2009

Our body is the most amazing vehicle we have to tune into the present moment.   Our body is with us at all times,  yet many of us do not spend any time in relationship with our bodies.

How does our body speak to us?  We feel sensations of hunger, thirst, tiredness, etc. We feel emotions of anger, sadness, frustration and joy.  We have voices that speak to us telling us what we should and should not do and we have our inner voice that tries to be heard.

When was the last time that you took time to tune into your body?  Do you know how to do this? In the next few posts I will give you some easy ways to start to tune into your body, moment by moment.

For today:

Take a deep intentional breath into the middle of your chest.

Notice any sensations in your hands and feet.

Notice the feeling in your face.

Is there any tension in your jaw, are your teeth clenched?

Relax your neck and shoulders – notice how they feel.

Notice your back and abdomen – what are the sensations there?

Take a moment to relax any areas in your body that you feel tension.

Take another deep intentional breath into the middle of your chest.

How do you feel after doing this?

Take a few minutes every day to tune into your body.  Schedule it for when you get up, at lunch, before you leave work and before you go to bed.  When you develop the habit of tuning in, you start to develop a better relationship with your body and you will learn to know what it needs.

Let me know if this works for you.  Blog with you later.



In this moment – WHAT do you feel?

April 27, 2009

In the last post I talked about “In this moment- how do you feel” which focuses on your emotions and your here and now experience.  Taking this the next step further, ask yourself  “WHAT do I feel – physically – now“.

This can be as simple as “I feel my feet on the floor”  “My bum in the chair” “The breeze on my face” etc. etc.  We take a lot of our physical sensations for granted and do not even pay attention to them.  So to get into the moment concentrate of what sensations you have going through your body now and notice how you feel physically. Are you hungry, tired, thirsty, cold, have butterflies in your stomach…?  What is your body saying to you right now?

To do this : STOP what you are doing right now.  Feel your physical presence in the room, what sensations do you have with your body touching the ground, chair etc.  What physical sensations are running through your body.  Take a deep intentional breath in for the count of 5 then out for the count of 5. Notice how you feel physically in this moment.

Remember, the intention of “being in the moment” is to quiet the mind chatter and help you calm down.

Let me know how you do with this.

Until next time,


In this Moment- what do you see?

April 22, 2009

Have you ever noticed that sometimes we can look at something without really seeing it. We are lost in thought focusing on the struggles of our day and our life simply passes us by.  Part of being in the moment means that we are present to the events that are happening around us. We are here.

This week, my blogs will be focusing on how we can tune into our moments by using our senses. The first of these is our sense of sight

As you read this you are looking at words on a computer screen.

How long have you been looking at the computer: 5 minutes, 1 hour or 5 hours.

How much of this time have you absorbed what has been written?

Do you notice yourself getting lost in the surfing without any real attention to what is in front of you?

Have you ever been reading a book and get to the end of the page and wonder what you just read?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you are not alone and you are not in the moment.

Have you ever thought of how much of your day you are not really here.  You are remembering the past, fretting about the future or angry and upset about your life now. Let’s take a couple of moments and start to notice what we can see around us.  Look up from the computer. What do you see?  Is there a window?  Can you see outside?  If not, do you have art work on the walls or any momentos that remind you of positive times in your life (family photos, artifacts from trips etc.)?  The purpose of looking at these things is to draw your attention away from your thoughts and bring your attention to your present surroundings.  When you look at the photo or scene outside, take a deep breath and “drink in the scene”. By this I mean, really see what you are looking at, be in the room, notice what is happening around  you.  This need not take long.  By spending the time noticing the details of your surroundings, you become present and in the moment.

When you walk outside, notice the buds coming out on the trees, the crocuses peeking out of the ground, the cherry blossoms that are so beautiful and fragrant at this time of year.  Notice the beauty around you.  Take a deep breath in for the count of 5,  pause,  then breathesunset out for the count of 5. Be curious about what you notice as you do this exercise.  Please comment and let us know what you noticed.

In this moment:

Notice what you see around you

Notice what you hear around you

Notice how you feel

The first step in changing anything we want to change is developing awareness about our behavior.  Be curious, and enjoy the moment.  Blog with you later this week.