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Are you sitting comfortably?

March 10, 2015 — by Daryll Scott0

(You may not be sitting, and either way, are you comfortable?)

Just out of interest; how do you know?

Are you assuming or did you check?

If you checked; where in your body did you check? Did you scan your whole body? What did you notice? And if you didn’t notice anything at first you probably have now. How will you respond to what you have noticed? If you notice discomfort do you move or do you helplessly accept it? If you notice tension do you let it go? Whatever sensations you notice, do you pay closer attention or do you ignore them? Do you make adjustments or do you tolerate them?

Did you label the feeling by giving it a name; did you explain it to yourself? Or were you able to just experience it?

If you hold tension or endure discomfort; what’s going on there? Is it habit? Is it inconvenient to move? Are you concerned about what others will think if you move suddenly or strangely?

Did you feel nothing? Not even the bottoms of your feet? How is that possible? Have you been decapitated?

I often often draw people’s attention to their feelings and ask them what they notice. When I do so I’m not looking for evaluations like ‘tired’, ‘depressed’, or ‘comfortable’. These are not feelings they are linguistic labels; and often value judgements (carrying an implicit sense of good or bad). They do not contain any precise sensory information. Describing your feelings in this way will prevent you from really feeling them. I would invite you to feel a little more precisely; to fully experience your kinaesthetic system. Examples of sensations may be ‘tightness in my shoulders’, ‘tension in my jaw’ or ‘a knot in my gut.’

If you are able to notice your experience, to assess how you are getting on in the moment based on physical sensations (not just thoughts) you have access to a somatic intelligence that can be developed to become your greatest ally.

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