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The Path to Embodied Presence

Melli O'Brien



Melli O'Brien



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The Path to Embodied Presence

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today, I'm going to talk about

a really simple way to embody

more presence in daily life.

So when I talk about embodying

presence, I really mean a sense

that you're fully occupying your

body and your life, in the moment.

So often our body is in one

place, but our attention is off

somewhere else lost in thought.

So when we fully come home to

ourselves and the body and mind

are in the same place at the same

time, something magical happens.

We're fully alive in the moment.

But this kind of embodiment rarely

happens on its own for very long.

Most of us really take consistent and

regular mindfulness practice to be able

to embody presence ongoing in our lives.

So when we're training in mindful living,

there's lots of different ways to go

about staying present throughout the day.

One way is through body awareness.

So we can become more aware

of what our physical body is

doing in any given moment.

For instance, we can be aware of

when the body is sitting, aware of

when we're lying down, aware when

we're eating, aware when the body is

walking, typing, when we're making tea.

So when monks first arrive at a

Buddhist monastery, they're often given

this practice to notice and mentally

note what position their body is in.

So when they're walking, they might

mentally note to themselves, walking.

When they're sitting, they

mentally note, sitting.

When they eat, they mentally

note, eating and so on.

Now you might think this sounds

overly simplistic, right?

But if you try this out, what you're

going to notice is that it continuously

brings the mind back from wandering

and anchors you in the here and now.

It's deceptively effective and powerful.

So you can apply this to so many

situations throughout the day,

whether it's working out at the gym,

hugging someone, having a stretch,

all of these are opportunities

to come back to body awareness.

And the great thing about this

particular practice is it doesn't

take any extra time out of your life.

We can apply this

technique to any situation.

So I encourage you today to give

this a try and just see how it goes

for you, see how it feels for you.

I think you'll find that you'll be

much more aware, centered, and calm.

Wishing you well with it.

And as always, thank you for your

practice and your presence here with us.

And inviting you now to begin to

settle in for today's meditation.

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