Episode 23 – Finding Refuge in Bodily Sensations

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Episode 23 – Finding Refuge in Bodily Sensations

The topic at a glance

  • Resting in the body can be something we intuitively do when we are experiencing mental distress (e.g. pacing up and down).

  • We can ‘rest in the body’ by focusing on movement or body sensations (interoceptive awareness) – when we do this, we get relief from obsessive thinking.

  • Resting in the body is not the same as distraction because it does not involve avoiding or ignoring reality.

  • If we can get into the habit of focusing on body sensations, we can avoid being overwhelmed by worry and other types of obsessive thinking.

Hope Mindful Compassion Show – Episode 23 – Finding Refuge in Bodily Sensations

Testimonial for Hope RehabA conversation between Paul Garrigan and Simon Mott

 In this episode of the show, Paul describes a way for us to find peace in daily life by moving our attention to bodily sensations. This practice is at the core of the Hope Mindfulness program. Resting in the body is something we intuitively know how to do, so the intention here is for us to use this natural technique more effectively. Some of the topics covered include:

  • What is resting in the body?

  • How can resting in the body help with anxiety?

  • How can it be used by clients who come to rehab in poor mental health?

  • Is resting in the body the same as ‘tuning in’ to the body?

  • How is ‘resting in the body’ different from distraction?

  • Why is ‘getting grounded’ so important for clients who come to rehab?

  • How do clients begin this practice?

  • Why do we give new clients at Hope mala beads?

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