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Appreciate the Moment

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Hi, and welcome to today's meditation. So today we're gonna focus on appreciation and the quickest way to feel more appreciative around life about life is simply to be more present. Ordinarily we're very sort of caught up perhaps thinking about things that have happened in the past, things in the future. And so we don't necessarily recognize those things that are going well, the things that we do have, the things that we can be grateful for right now in this moment. And it may be as simple as being able to move freely and having the health to be able to do that. It may be a sense of appreciation for having begun some kind of exercise routine or movement. Whatever you're moved to feel appreciative about today we're gonna bring that into this exercise. We're gonna start in the usual way so just taking a moment, getting comfortable, eyes open and just a nice soft focus, aware of the space around you. And then when you feel ready just taking a couple of big deep breaths breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. So as you breathe in sensation of the lungs expanding with air as you breathe out sense of the muscles to softening letting go of any tension and with the next out breath just gently closing the eyes and just taking a moment to appreciate that feeling of having stopped of having paused having nothing to do nowhere to go for the next few minutes. Was beginning to notice the sensations in the body and in particular that feeling of weight the weight of the body supported by the chair or the floor beneath you. The weight of the feet or the legs supported by the floor beneath you and the weight of the arms and the hands, supported by the legs on your lap beneath you. And just beginning to notice how the body is feeling today. Can allow the breath to return to its natural rhythm and our thoughts to come and go just starting to notice whether the body feels heavy today if it feels light, if it feels restless, if it feels still. So just checking in. And then starting at the top of the head just gently scanning down through the body so now just noticing in more detail which areas the body feel relaxed and at ease which areas are carrying perhaps little tension. Really important when you're engaged in regular movement just to check in with a body like this and to notice how the body is feeling. Just start to become more aware of how the body is feeling just starting to notice as well the breath that movement of breath. That rising and falling sensation to begin with just notice where in the body you feel that movement. Perhaps noticing the rhythm of the breath as well so whether the breaths are deep or shallow. And we gonna stay with the breath...


Duration10 min

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  • A former Buddhist monk, Andy has guided people in meditation and mindfulness for 20 years. In his mission to make these practices accessible to all, he co-created the Headspace app in 2010.

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  • Eve is a mindfulness teacher, overseeing Headspace’s meditation curriculum. She is passionate about sharing meditation to help others feel less stressed and experience more compassion in their lives.

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