2 Ways Body Awareness Can Help You Go Deeper into Yourself

In the previous post, I explored how awareness of the body powerfully contributes to raising awareness and expanding consciousness. Today, I offer two techniques aligned with #Shaivism that I have worked with over the years. These practices will take you deeper.

In the philosophy that I love and study, Kashmir Shaivism, entering into the body can actually take us beyond the body to a place of deep calm. Rather than denying the body, Kashmir Shaivism honours the body; it actually utilises the body to deepen self-realisation. Most techniques used in Shaivism use posture, breath, and focused attention. These techniques focus on increased awareness of the body. A wonderful thing about these techniques is that they can be practiced in busy urban settings if necessary. The first technique can be used anywhere. The second technique is used specifically when exercising.

Exercise 1: Feet on the Ground

This is particularly useful when standing for a while, for example, in a queue, on the beach, in the park, or in a shop. It is very useful as a #posture to come back to: a home position, if you like. This technique gives a firm foundation and allows us to be steady and centered. Being aware of our feet connecting with the floor beneath us is very grounding and can stop us from feeling spaced out or not in the body, which can sometimes happen with intense spiritual practice.

  1. Feel the soles of your feet touch the earth or floor beneath you.

  2. If you are wearing shoes, feel your feet connecting with the earth through your shoes.

  3. Feel the energetic connection. Feel yourself being connected with the earth. All four corners of your feet a