Hello and welcome to another episode in the time out series. Right now a lot of things in our lives have changed and sometimes we can get caught up in those changes and miss the simple yet really important things.
Something as simple as realising we are alive is one of those things which we can take for granted. Yet do you realise how alive you are? I am not talking about how fast you can run or how high you can jump to observe how physically alive you are.
I’m talking about those little things, how things feel when you tough them. How you physically and mentally react to spending time outside. To how you react when you receive a message from someone. Those small things your mind and body do to create thoughts and feelings to show you that you are alive.
This relaxation meditation gives you that time to observe how alive your body and mind are. To embrace it and ground yourself into stillness to enjoy feeling alive, just for a few moments today.
Maybe after this one you will enjoy being able to connect to yourself and day to day experiences in a different way.
So find yourself a comfortable position, sitting or laying the choice is yours.
Let your arms and legs feel heavy.
Gently adjust your body to settle into place.
Let your hands and feet relax.
Eyes to slowly close, jaw to soften.
Breathe in deeply, breathe out deeply.
Breathe in as deeply as you can and feel your chest expand.
Breathe out and feel the heaviness of your chest as you let go of the breath.
Breathe in and breathe out.
Observe how the breath moves through your body, to let you know you are alive.
How the in breath awakens the muscles, how the out breath relaxes them.
Enjoy these moments as each in breath brings your body alive, as the out breath calms your body.
How the awareness of your body deepens.
So much so you may begin to feel your heart beat.
The gentle pulsing that moves through your body.
How the gentle rhythm of your heart beat lets you know you are alive.
The in breath and heart beat to bring you alive. The out breath to calm and draw you deeper and deeper into relaxation.
A moment to notice how it feels to be alive.
To notice how calmness and stillness can awaken your entire body.
Even your nerve endings begin to awaken.
Some of you may be so aware of your body, you begin to feel the gentle tingling in your hands and your feet.
A rare moment for your body to be relaxed, free of stress, free of movement. So you can connect to how your body feels when it is alive.
You now know how your body reacts to your breath, how your pulse feels, how your nerves make your body feel.
Observe now what happens when you connect your mind to your body.
Bring to mind someone you care for.
How feelings for someone effect your body.
Does your heart speed up or maybe skip a beat when you think of this person.
Does your body temperature change?
Take a moment to observe how your mind brings your body alive as you think.
Right now you are observing a positive impact your thoughts have on your body.
So anytime you are in a situation which is not so positive. Reconnect to you.
To your breath.
To your pulse.
To how your nerves make everything come alive.
Breathe and feel every moment as you inhale, every moment as you exhale.
Observe how your pulse feels through your body.
To the sensations the nerve cause throughout your body.
Just breathe and feel alive.
Because those exact moments of feeling alive are those moments that let you know everything will be ok.
You are alive.
So enjoy a few more moments with your breath, your pulse, with yourself, with stillness, with silence.
Gently take one more deep breath in, deep breath out.
Allow your breath to return to its natural rhythm.
Gently wiggle your fingers and your toes.
Slowly open your eyes when you feel ready.
Thank you for listening.