During the month of February, challenge yourself to participate in MMC’s 28-day meditation program. It’s simple: Commit to meditating each day and connect online to share experiences – pleasant, difficult or otherwise. We will follow the meditation program outlined in Sharon Salzberg’s book, “Real Happiness.” This blog will be your guide, including links to helpful Web sites and guided meditations. Meditation can help with overall wellness, pain, stress, anxiety, sleep and concentration. This is your opportunity to start a new practice to enhance your wellbeing or to continue your practice in the company of your fellow Griffins.

Sign up with the form below and to the right and check back here often.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Body Scan

The meditations for Week 2 are rooted in the body - a body scan, walking meditaiton and a body sensation meditation.

These help us feel more comfortable and in tune with our bodies. They deepen our understanding of the way our experiences are constantly changing and help us spot those judgments or projections we "add on" to our direct experience.

In the Body Scan, we use mindfulness to observe our natural tendency to want to cling to pleasurable experiences and push away unpleasant ones. Sometimes we're so worried about hanging onto our pleasurable experiences that we are unable to enjoy them while they're going on. The same is true with unpleasant or painful experiences. These we usually want to get away from quickly. We might spend so much energy worrying about having these experiences and getting rid of them that we make the experience worse than it is. We tend to ignore the neutral experiences, robbing oursevlves of some of the richness and complexity of our own lives.

Salzberg says, " When we can't let the moment in front of us be what it is ... we're out of balance. Mindfulness restores that balance; we catch our habitual reactions of clinging, condemning, and zoning out, and let them go."

Try using the body scan link at the right for instructions for the Body Scan.

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