“Transfixed by our technologies, we short-circuit the sensorial reciprocity between our breathing bodies and the bodily terrain. human awareness folds in upon itself, and the senses-once the crucial site of our engagement with the wild and animate earth-become mere adjuncts of an isolate and abstract mind bent on overcoming an organic reality that now seems disturbingly aloof and arbitrary.” David Abrams, “The Spell of the Sensuous”
Scanning is a deeply intuitive capacity for sensing energies that all living beings have inherent in them. Plants are said to sense changes in the environment. Animals have been known to flee from an earthquake many hours before it strikes. Humans have lost touch with their connection to the natural world, and to this sense that connects us to it. In SourcePoint Therapy® we learn to use our hands for scanning for energetic blockages in the body. It’s an amazing experience to sit in a roomful of people during a workshop, observing people scan each other, slowly and respectfully moving their hand, palm down, in the energy field, just above the body. Such care, such attention, such deep silence. Such awareness, such love.
In this meditation, we turn our attention inward, using our awareness to scan our own bodies, from within. We bring attention to each area of the body, as carefully and respectfully and lovingly as we do in the scan for another.
This meditation will guide you in this process. There’s a variation on it that I often do right after the one we are now working with. When I am complete with that, I return my attention to the top of my head, and move through the body, telling each organ of my body how much I love it. I say “I love you” to my brain, my eyes, my ears, my heart, my lungs and so on. I breathe life and conviction into that statement. I remember how precious this human body is, that allows me to be me.
There’s another Taoist meditation, I believe it is, that follows this idea, and has the practitioner smile at each organ.
Any version of this meditation is the activity of love. Love is attention. In this meditation we pay attention to our inner state of being.