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CONTACT INFORMATION

Susanna Alyce 01263 740392

email: susanna@yoga-meditation-relaxation.co.uk

These links give some background to mindfulness:

Mark Williams. The science of mindfulness 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bobd-KHM6pU

FINDING YOUR FEET – DAY 3

feet taking steps
Your feet are calling you. They’re saying, “Stop doing everything else, and simply notice us touching the floor…please”. Can you be curious about the sensations in your feet?

Your heart is asking you to stop all the doing, the reading, the thinking, the worrying, the angst-ing, and notice that the earth is stable.

Your mind would like a little break.

Curiosity.

That’s the key. When the mind becomes curious, it uses different circuits to the worry, fear, panic, planning and fixing circuits. Curiosity literally changes the bit of your mind you’re using, and slows down the bounce of the ball, so you can stay a bit longer in the feet. This other bit of the brain-mind is more creative, restful, positive, sunny.

As the bouncing ball of your attention drops downwards to the feet on the floor, let this ‘ground’ you back into stability. Yes – the ball will bounce away again (see Day 2 of this course), up into the anxiety or worry etc, but just drop back down again. And again.

How do we engage curiosity? By becoming fascinated, interested, moving in really close to the sensations. Can you feel the tiny throb of the blood in the feet? The tickle of a sock? The bump on the inside of the shoe? The grain of the wooden floor? It’s your moment with your feet, a moment without the other stuff.

Stand up if that helps you feel the feet. Drop the ball of attention back down, let your shoulders drop too, and your out-breath. Make the next out-breath just a jot longer, feel your jaw drop, your eyebrows drop.

Your feet solidly down – mind and body having the break they deserve.

Inspirational Poem

David Whyte: Start close In

Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

To find
another’s voice,
follow
your own voice,
wait until
that voice
becomes a
private ear
listening
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake
that other
for your own.

Download Tick Chart PDF