Lying Down Meditation & Mindfulness
As you’re lying down on your mat feel the sensation of being held up, carried, and supported by whatever surface you are laying on.
Surrender completely to the embrace of gravity, and let go into the mat and let it do the work. Sometimes it can feel like you’re floating, and that can be very pleasant and increase your motivation for taking up residence in your body and in the present moment.
Join me for meditation & mindfulness during Core Conditioning Tuesday’s at 9am, Realign restore Meditate Thursday’s at 9:30am & Saturdays at 8:45am
Surrendering your body to gravity can entrain the mind into the spirit of what you might call unconditional surrender, not to some external threats to your well-being, but to a full inhabiting of the present moment, independent of any conditions you may find yourself in. ln practicing dropping into the embrace of gravity itself, you are more motivated and more willing to drop unconditionally into the now, to bring a radical and open-hearted acceptance to whatever you find is going on in your mind or body and in your lives in any given moment on any given day. Take this time to let be and let go.
As you lie in corpse pose or whatever position is comfortable for you, give yourself over to the present moment and to the life expressing itself in you now. Open up to the richness of this moment.
Every posture has its own unique energies and challenges, and every posture is a perfect posture for meeting the present moment of wakefulness and self-compassion.
As you lie in this posture, open up to the sounds you hear around you. Hear sounds and sense the space between the sounds. At first you may notice that you haven’t been hearing any sound at all, so absorbed have you been in the roar of sensations flexing in your body or what you might call mental noise, the thoughts racing incessantly through your mind.
Bring yourself back to hearing sounds, as your mind wanders off, bring yourself back to the sounds of the silence, to the spaces between the sounds. Allow your ears to drink in the sensations of sound as they arise moment by moment.
As you lie down in your posture feel the sensation of your body on the mat. Bring your awareness to the sensation of your breath. Feel the sensation of your breath in specific regions of the body, or with an all-embracing sense of the body as a whole. You can feel the breath entering through your skin feeling the sensation of air, oxygen, surrounding your body, and tuning in to whatever sensations are present as you lie here, and also be aware of how they are changing. Tuning into the sense of the air around your body, leaving the body, breathing into the body, sensing the skin itself breathing.
When lying down, such as just before falling asleep or upon waking, is a great opportunity to practice mindfulness, being in the moment, a time to discover hidden dimensions of your own life and new possibilities for learning and growing, for healing and for transformation, nested right inside the present moment. Sit back and be aware of the possibilities and insights that are much more likely to emerge when you are willing to show up and be with whatever is arising.
Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending. You can get your PDF copy here. Recently Tanya created Gain Energy Lose Fat sessions to help people realize the importance of healthy fats in their diets and how eating fat can make you lose fat. Tanya also coaches clients on Nutritional and Lifestyle Management.
Coming to Our Senses – Jon Kabat-Zinn