The Exercise

First, leet the mind be free of any concern or preoccupation. Be aware of where you are now…

Feel the body…

Feel the weight of the body on the chair…

Feel the gentle pressure of clothes on the skin…

Be aware of where you are now…

Feel the touch of your feet on the ground…

And the play of air on the face and hands…

If they are open let the eyes receive colour and form without any comment…

Taste…

Smell…

Be fully here…

Now be aware of hearing…

Let sounds be received and let them rise and fall without comment or judgement of any kind…

With the body completely relaxed let the hearing run out to the furthest and gentlest sounds, embracing all, and rest in the great awareness for a few moments.

Over the last few weeks we have opened and closed each session of the weekly mindfulness course with the exercise. I have begun to incorporate it into the start of my day. I am finding that it helps me to feel stronger and calmer as I embark on the hectic rush hour school run each morning.

Source: Mindfulness Course, Tunbridge Wells, 2013

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