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CourseReframing Loneliness

Reframing Loneliness

It’s normal to feel lonely, even in a crowded room. Learn to understand what it means to be lonely, the origins of this emotion, and how you can feel more connected to the world around you.

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Hi, and welcome to day one of the loneliness pack. And there are so many different reasons, circumstances, and situations in which we might experience the feeling of loneliness. In fact, there are so many different that really the only way we can work with loneliness is to look at the origin of it. To better understand what it means to feel lonely and how that differs perhaps from being alone. If we can investigate that, if we can find a skillful way of working with loneliness then all of a sudden we don't feel so isolated. We feel more connected with the world around us and ultimately we feel more at ease, more at peace with the situation and the circumstances we're in. So, no matter what's created or caused that feeling of loneliness. Over the next 10 days we're gonna look to see if we can rather than move away from that look for a solution externally. We're gonna look inwards, investigate it, and find the greatest sense of ease with that feeling. But wherever you are right now, however you're sitting just take a moment to get comfortable. Make sure you're not gonna be physically disturbed in any way. And we're gonna begin with our eyes open, a nice soft focus of the eye just aware of the space around. And then when you're ready just taking some big deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth. And with the next out-breath. If you haven't done already just gently closing the eyes feeling the weight of the body just pressing down against the seat below the floor beneath you. Sensation of the feet on the floor the hands and the arms resting on the legs. And just taking some time just to settle in to the body and just to begin to notice the different sounds around you. So just bringing the attention back to the body now just checking in with the body noticing how the body feels today how it feels right now. And in your own time just scanning down from head to toe just building up a picture of how the body feels not thinking about the sensations just becoming aware of those sensations. So as you scan down the body just becoming more aware the feelings, sensations in the body, and especially the movement of the breath that rising and falling sensation just noticing where in the body you feel that movement. And just slowly just becoming more aware of the rhythm of the breath. Starting to notice each and every in-breath each and every out-breath. And just allowing the body to breathe in that way no effort required. Just want you to imagine that in the middle of your chest, in the middle of your body, just a little pinprick of light there's almost just a little glimmer of sunlight. And as you sort of notice that, as you become aware of that just can you imagine that...


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Duration10-20 min

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