Happiness Break: Being Present from Head to Toe, with Spring Washam
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Try this body-scan meditation to ground your mind in the present moment and in your body, guided by Spring Washam.
How to do this practice:
Find a comfortable seat where you can relax your body.
Beginning with the top of your head, relax any sense of tension, one body part at a time.
Slowly scan down to your face, neck, upper arms, hands, feeling their presence.
You might want to place your hands on your belly to feel your breath and let go.
End by placing your hand on your heart and offer your body some kindness.
Today’s Happiness Break Host:
Spring Washam has been a devoted Buddhist practitioner in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism for more than 25 years. She is a founding teacher of The East Bay Meditation Center and has spent more than a decade studying Shamanic indigenous healing practices. She is also the author of the forthcoming book, The Spirit of Harriet Tubman: Awakening from the Underground.
Learn more about Spring and her book: https://www.springwasham.com/
Follow Spring on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/springwasham/
Check out Spring’s YouTube channel: https://tinyurl.com/22njyd29
More Resources from the Greater Good Science Center:
Six Minutes to Connect with Your Body: https://tinyurl.com/2337f85e
How a Body Scan Can Help with Strong Emotions: https://tinyurl.com/58wfsvnd
Krista Tippett on Being Grounded in Your Body: https://tinyurl.com/59pkp324
Turning Into Your Body Can Make You More Resilient: https://tinyurl.com/5av68v62
Your Anxiety Might Be Coming From Your Body: https://tinyurl.com/dwb9vvue
What Self-Compassion Feels Like in Your Body: https://tinyurl.com/2p9rdepk
Seven Ways to Have a Healthier Relationship with Stress: https://tinyurl.com/m6mbv2np
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