By turning our attention to sensation and energy around and within the body, we can access increasingly more subtle levels of inner wisdom. But where does the energy of the body begin and end?
In this guided meditation, Mindfulness Exercises founder Sean Fargo guides us through an advanced body scan practice. We move our awareness clockwise around the body, above and below, sensing into the energy within and all around us.
Please listen in a safe, quiet place where you can be relatively free from distraction. Find a posture that balances comfort with alertness, whether standing, seated, or lying down. May this meditation be of benefit to you in your mindfulness journey.
The mindfulness body scan is a foundational practice, but its benefits are not limited to beginners. We can work with the body scan in increasingly subtle ways. In this meditation, we are invited to bring our awareness to the perceived boundary between the body and the space around us.
Neurologically, there’s also a profound shift that happens when even with eyes closed, we shift our gaze from what is in front, to what is to the right and left, behind us, above and below. As a species that habitually relies on the eyes for information above all else, the simple act of sensing into what’s behind us creates new pathways in the brain.
Playing with shifting our awareness in new ways, including simultaneously sensing into the right and left side, or the body as a whole, can help quiet the default mode network (DMN), inducing a state of peace and calm. We learned more about this in episode #006, Neuro-Learning and Amplifying Our Meditation Practice with Dr. Rick Hanson.
To further explore advanced body scan practices, visit the following free mindfulness resources:
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.