Up next in the Everyday Awareness series: a quick and easy way to get out of your head—and back into your body.
And when I say quick… I mean super quick!
This one works. And it won’t even take you a full minute!
Last time out, I gave you a versatile little exercise to rise above your thoughts, and curb the runaway dialog in your head…
That’s good for all kinds of things.
Like quieting your mind, and dealing with difficult emotions, and discovering that YOU were never your thoughts and emotions in the first place.
But one thing it’s not good for is staying grounded.
For keeping your awareness in your body, and connected to your environment.
You can do both at the same time:
Disidentify from your thoughts, while still remaining grounded…
But unless you make a specific effort to do it, working on all that transcending stuff tends to make you dissociate.
YOU rise above your thoughts…
But your attention ends up directed into your thoughts and away from the world around you.
It just feels easier and more natural to do both at the same time…
Like raising both eyebrows together—or curling all of your fingers at once, instead of individually.
You can move them independently…
But it isn’t something you tend to do, unless you’re specifically trying to do it.
That’s one of the downsides of traditional meditation.
They teach you to transcend. Or to be present in the moment…
But that sets up all kinds of secondary motions in your consciousness.
And if you aren’t careful, you can end up really disconnected from your body.
This exercise will get you back in it…
We get stuck in our heads for lots of different reasons…
Maybe you’re worried.
Maybe you’re distracted.
Maybe you’re just focused and working on a problem.
Whatever the reason, the result is that you tune out the world around you…
And your body gets left somewhere in the distance.
Now, sometimes being dissociated is a good thing…
Like if you’re doing dreamwork, or searching for subtle visions.
But in general, unless you have a specific reason to not be in your body—you’re probably better off in it.
And one of the best ways to get back in your body is to do this exercise…
Are you ready?
Cuz this one is really complicated…
Find a doorway, or a corner, or an open bit of wall.
And lean forward, like a plank, with your feet back and your hands up and against the wall.
You should be tilted far enough that your weight is split between your hands and your feet.
Where you’d fall if you let go.
But not so far that you can’t support yourself.
Press into the wall. And drive your toes into the ground.
And hold it.
And that’s it.
It doesn’t sound like much… But it works.
You’ll feel the difference in just a few seconds.
You can do it when you’re stressed or anxious or ruminating or freaking out.
You can even tell your kids to do it when they get upset and all wrapped up in their heads.
You don’t even have to tell them that they’re meditating if you don’t want to.
No cross-legged sitting, or focusing, or funny finger shapes required.
Just lean on the fucking wall—and your awareness will ground back into your body.
It’s seriously that easy.
Go try it and you’ll see!
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