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Lying Meditation

November 17, 2010 : Articles, Blog, Featured

If you ever get the feeling that you are just tense all over, there is a great meditation you can do that can be quite calming. This works great for days where you are just feeling frazzled, but it is also a powerful tool to let go of habitual tension that you may not even be aware of. Awareness of these areas can bring about the ability to relax them, just by becoming conscious of the tension held there and actively letting it go.

In this lying meditation you scan your body slowly looking for tension and consciously relax each area. Lie on your back, palms up. Without a pillow if possible, but make sure your neck is elongated and you are comfortable regardless. First close your eyes and then start by putting your attention and awareness into your toes and relax them completely, allowing them to melt with the intention of releasing all tension. Next move to the whole foot, then the ankle, then the calf, and so on until you cover your entire body bit by bit. Put on some mellow music if you like, or just sit in silence if that feels better.

Make sure to really take your time at each area in your body and fully let go of all tension. This can feel like lightness entering your body, or it can feel like a relaxed heaviness depending on what works best for you. Remember to set the mood and make sure that no one will interrupt you while in this relaxed space.