To pause, be still, and sense into the body and breath is a precious gift. These quiet moments of meditation benefit us greatly. Intentionally appreciating such moments increases their effectiveness, and further gladdens the heart and mind.
In this guided meditation with Sean Fargo, we ground ourselves in body awareness. We’re given permission to feel what we feel, and to welcome all of it. The meditation closes with a moment of appreciation for the time spent bringing gentle curiosity to our experience.
Please listen in a safe, quiet place where you can be relatively free from distraction. Practice with eyes opened or closed, in a posture that balances comfort with alertness. May this meditation be of benefit to you in your mindfulness journey.
Awareness is the foundation of our well-being. Without it, we’re pushed and pulled by habit, destined to repeat past mistakes and live in darkness. By turning the mind inward, we bring our habits into the light. One accessible way to do this is by grounding awareness in the body itself.
Bringing attention to the body’s form and its relationship to the earth can help stabilize the mind by rooting us in the here and now. Of course, this only works when our attention is imbued with a quality of acceptance.
Typically, when turning toward the body, habit would have us identify what needs to be fixed, what needs to change. We might try to avoid or push away what’s labeled as uncomfortable, while we chase or attach to what’s labeled as right, better or more pleasant. When we practice simply noticing, instead of trying to feel anything in particular, the mind gets to rest in its natural, contented state.
It’s not always easy to practice unconditional acceptance of the present moment as it is, but the more we do so, the less internal conflict we feel. Learning to be present with our own feelings and emotions also helps us to be less reactive toward others. The more we truly believe it’s ok to feel what we feel, the more we can accept how others feel.
When we see how awareness and acceptance changes our experience of ourselves, others, and the world, appreciation naturally arises. We can enhance appreciation by bringing awareness to that too. Closing each meditation with gratitude for our shared experience, for the practice, and all the benefits we’ve received, is a way to further develop this feeling.
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About Sean Fargo:
Sean Fargo is a former Buddhist monk and the founder of Mindfulness Exercises. The online platform, which has shared free and premium mindfulness resources with over 3 million people worldwide, has now certified over 500 Mindfulness Teachers.
Sean is the lead instructor for the teacher training program, a unique self-paced approach which invites world-renowned mindfulness teachers to share their insights and experiences. Sean has taught mindfulness and meditation for corporations including Facebook, Google and Tesla and for health and government organizations, prisons and hospitals around the world.