I love this exercise. Particularly for dealing with pain, the body scan provides us with permission to notice what is hurting without judgment. With pain, it is tempting for the mind to search for reasons for the pain and solutions for how to fix it. Much of the time our pains don’t have a clear cause or a solution. When the mind stills in meditation we may play out patterns we engage throughout the day. The body scan provides a gentle script for noticing in a way we can allow things to be as they are. At the same time, we can have compassion for ourselves and send loving-kindness to the areas of our body and mind in which we struggle. May we be safe, May we feel loved. May we live with ease. My Mindful Way of life on FB to share your experiences with sensation pain and the body scan.