Welcome to Day 1
Before we even start to feel into the concept of what our vision is, we need to spend some time preparing and sensitising our awareness to our body. The body is the super intelligent tool and vehicle for holding our vision. It also is an important sensory organ of perception, providing us with tactile feedback on our current alignment to our vision. So we need to spend some time just getting in touch with where we are right now. As it is. There is nowhere particularly you need to be, nor do you need to be feeling anything specifically. We are just taking a gentle honest look at the state of our being, on the physical level of sensation. No judgment, no suppression. We are going to open up to that which is alive inside us right now.
Today’s session is about landing in our bodies and beginning to connect to our being in a more somatic or visceral way. To connect to the feelings, sensations in the body. We call it somatic dance. For more information on somatic dance click here.
Below is the guided movement meditation practice for day one. Give yourself a full half hour for the practice. Make sure you have room to move freely and even vigorously without hurting yourself. Switch your phone onto silent. Before you begin, take a look around and take in your environment, where you are, the time of day etc. Get comfortable.
The guidelines are very simple.
- Stay present
- Stay in movement
- Ideally move with your eyes closed as you will be able to focus more deeply inside your body.
If you are new to conscious dance and would like to know more detail about these guidelines, check out our blog on how to drop into a conscious dance class.
For the Rest of Today
As much as you are able as you move through your day, pay a little more attention to feeling into your body. Take time to notice how you are actually feeling. Explore your energy levels. Examine your moods and your thoughts and emotions. You can do this as you eat, exercise, socialise, relax, or whatever you get up to. Don't analyse, judge, suppress or try create something other than what you notice. Just be with it as it comes and goes. If you have 5 minutes of time here and there, check in by scanning through the body from toes to head. Before you go to sleep, feel your body once more and allow yourself to explore as much as you are able to. Do not judge any of it. Even if you are feeling some pretty heavy or negative stuff. It's ok.