Over the past 12 months I have come to realise that great change can occur when we have awareness. To grow awareness you need to practice each day to make it a natural part of your life. To illustrate this I have written an example of deliberate awareness.
Today I walked along the beach and purposely walked in the shallow water. I started by feeling the sand beneath my feet. I felt the water against my legs and noticed the different temperatures while walking along. I sensed the top of the spot where the water covered my ankle and where it met the air. I felt the sun on one side of my body and the cool breeze on the other side. How my legs felt when wadding ankle, then calf deep in the water. Next I lifted my focus from looking down into the sand and water and glanced up at the horizon. I could still see clearly in front of me but now had a wider view. It was beautiful day and seeing the beauty gave me a sense of peace throughout my body. I mentally scanned my body and noticed that in that moment I was free of any pain or stress. In that moment I was at peace. Later I dropped my focus to just in front and observed the tiny fish darting back and forth in front of me, all the different types of shells laying on the sand being washed over by the water. I raised my eyes again and looked around. I could see seagulls resting on the beach, people walking or relaxing and boats in the water. I was alone but not lonely.
Sometimes we go through life on autopilot, if someone stopped and asked us to describe our day we find it hard to recall the little details. Especially what the body was feeling at the time. If we start to add deliberate awareness to our activities it can become like a mediative state. It keeps us out of the past worries or the future uncertainties. If we did this each day to any tasks we can start to live, think and feel more tranquil. The benefits of living in a more tranquil state are numerous. Lower blood pressure just to name one.
For those who find meditating difficult this deliberate awareness is a great way of practicing without the body having to stay still, you are focusing the mind so thoughts are stilled just like you strive to do in meditation. Leaning to feel all the sensations that are happening to both the inside and outside of your body is the start of aligning the mind and body for greater health. Overtime we have learnt to ignore our emotions which can be stored in our bodies when not addressed. There are lots of different reason for not acknowledging our emotions and at times keeps us safe in the beginning. However if not dealt with theses emotions can cause havoc. Let's say you are driving along a dark street with no street lights and you notice your oil light comes on. To be safe you keep driving till your reach a servo where you pull over and address the problem. However if you continue driving for days with the oil light on eventually the car will start to seize or stop altogether. This could take hours, days or months. The human body is the same , overtime it starts to seize or develop diseases.
If we learn to feel and recognise the sensations in our body we can change how our bodies respond. In EFL (equine facilitated learning -horse therapy for people) we learn how to scan our bodies and feel the sensations to bring about strong awareness. This can start to bring up emotions allowing the body to heal and rid itself of stuck emotions and energy. Practicing awareness with everyday task is one of the best gifts you can give your body and it is free but for those who have stuck emotions and or energy and would like some help clearing these energies, please contact me about a round yard horse facilitated body scan. This is a safe method even for those whom are nervous around horses.