I’ve always had mixed feelings about body scan meditations. When I first started meditation years ago, I found body scans to be boring and avoided them whenever I logged onto my guided meditation app.
But the more I do body scan meditations, the more I understand them. I learned last year that body scans helped alleviate my post-surgery pain, and I did them on my own whenever I was lying down and needed pain relief. Similar to yesterday’s sensation meditation, body scans help with my chronic headaches. And it’s also the one meditation I know I can do lying down because it’s too focused for me to slip into an unexpected nap.
Today’s body scan was a great way to get me in the mindset for the yoga class I attended minutes later. I even did another body scan at the end of the class in shavasana to keep me from dozing off and to help me appreciate what my body had accomplished.