Mindfulness Activity #158

Mindfulness Activity #158

Mindful Stretching

Good Morning!

Mindfulness is all about noticing your experience. Because we live our lives in our bodies, our physical sensations are often the starting place for noticing. Breath is often emphasized. Today’s practice is a guided mindfulness practice that directs you to notice and connect breath and body as you stretch different areas of your body.

Before you begin this practice, consider all the self-compassion practices we have done since March. If you recall, we have discussed that self-criticism or judgment is often a major obstacle to mindfulness practice. This is especially true for body practices. We comment on pains complaining about aging (or at least I do). We wish our bodies were different at times. Many people try to force their bodies to conform harshly. The goal today is to connect the work you may have done around mastering distraction or judgments as they arise in your head and to connect this to any judgments, harshness or distraction around your body.

As you click the following stretching practicing, stay focused on the body. Have a gentle attitude with yourself and your body.

If you noticed anything about how your body felt that you would like to change or work on, make it your intention to do so gently and with balance.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Michele

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