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.
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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.
Watching your thoughts
Take a moment to dwell in the watching of your thoughts and the emotional charges that they carry, whether positive, negative, or neutral, whether relatively strong or relatively weak, featuring them center stage in the field of awareness while you let all the other aspects of the present moment received into the background.
Honor your awareness, your mindfulness. Notice what is in your mind and honor how necessary and important it is to the cultivation and deepening of awareness and non-attachment. Remind yourself that you can rest in awareness with any object of attention, the breath, various aspects of the body, with sensations and perceptions, the myriad thoughts and feelings that flux through your mind, or in a vast, boundless, choiceless, open awareness beyond all doing and just be the knowing that is awareness itself.
Drop into this moment as it is and rest in awareness, outside of time, discerning from moment to moment how things actually are.
Lying down in meditation can change your whole orientation toward the moment and the day and what is transpiring. It can slow down or stop the forward momentum of your head and all its driveness and help you to recalibrate and be more embodied in whatever you are dealing with. It can enlarge your view of your own mind and body in that moment and how you are responding to what is going on.
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