What You Will Need: You will need to have a firm service to lay down on. You may want a folded towel or book for under your head and a roller or a couple of pillows for under your knees. Comfort is going to be key for this exploration.
Orientation: Laying In Supine (on Back)
Transcript & Short Guide
We make connections in our lives in many ways— culturally, socially, personally and even physiologically. Within our bodies we grow extensive interconnected systems; from our vascular system to our neural system, to our immune system, endocrine system and on to the many tissues of our bone, the fascia and the organs.
Within us, we have tissues such as fascia traversing the terrain of our inner landscapes. We have hormones that cross many barriers.
Our anatomy is living, pulsing and dynamic. Every cell in our body pulses, resonates, and connects in a rhythmic somatic pattern to the layers of our anatomy and our behavior.
So today, I invite you to come back to making connections.
Begin With A Scan:
Feel the support that you receive from the earth. Then bring your attention into the space around you. What do you notice? How do you feel? How far out can you send your attention into space?
Then bring yourself inward and start to make some of those inner-connections. You can start by tracing and noticing those aspects of yourself that are really vibrant in your awareness. The parts that are begging for your attention. Maybe they are areas that feel really good, connected and settled. Or perhaps they are areas where the attention feels a bit negative or nagging…places you could have more comfort.
Pay attention to all of your different sensations.
Slowly bring attention into your abdomen and chest. Allow one hand to rest your abdomen and another to rest on your chest. Then simply notice the movement of your breath.
Where do you feel the most movement?
Where does the movement begin and end?
Stay with this exploration of movement of breath. As you breathe in and you breathe out— start to expand your awareness to include more of yourself. Start to make some of those connections through your inner landscapes.
Where does the inhale reverberate throughout your system?
Do you feel it in the soles of your feet? The Pelvic Floor? Or a lengthening of the legs? Or the top of the head
As you breathe out, bring your connection into the space around you. How far out does your breath, your connection go? Does it fill the room? The block?
So play like this. Explore like this. Making the connections of the inner landscapes and into the outer world. See if you can start to bridge together, through you sensation and imagination, all of the different ways that you are connected.
Take the next 5-10 minutes to breathe with yourself, sense yourself and feel the connections.
“Having a body that is like a musical instrument, open enough to be able to resonate, literally resonate with what is coming both from the inside and from the outside, so that one is able to surrender to powers greater than oneself.”
The Making Connections Movement Mantra is part of the Fuller Breath, Better Posture Series.
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