Research has shown that developing a daily mindfulness practice can lead to a range of benefits including;
- Reduced stress
- Decreased ageing
- Decreased emotional exhaustion
- Increased immunity
- Improved working memory and executive functioning
There are lots of ways to practice mindfulness. A Body Scan meditation is just one simple method. We sometimes describe the body scan an insular workout. The insular is the part of the brain that receives sensory information of the body and integrates this information with the effective and cognitive components. This allows us to respond to the sensory information that we receive. So the insular is key for processing information about the internal state of the body.
So let’s do a body scan as a way of training the insular to even more skilfully process this internal information
Important bits and pieces to get the best out of your meditation:
I recommend that you find a comfortable place to listen to this file when you have around 7 minutes uninterrupted. If you are listening to the file on your smart device you can select Do Not Disturb in your settings. I also recommend that you change the auto-lock setting temporarily to ‘never’ (under settings – general – auto-lock).
I hope you enjoy the next few minutes and you can find ways to expand this practice into every aspect of your life.