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Sometimes we pay very little attention to our bodies as all our energy is involved in thinking and problem solving. But the body is our home and has useful information about how we are and what we might need. The body scan practice develops flexible attention as we learn to deliberately move our focus from one part of the body to another. Learning this skill gives us more choice and the ability to step back from difficult mental states such as worry and over analysing when we need to.

Paying attention to the body also helps to soothe and calm the body.

Taking a little longer to connect with the essential rhythm of breathing helping to bring us into the present moment, as we settle our awareness on the breath. Even if the mind wanders time and time again, we come back to the breath and develop the capacity to bring some stillness to the mind.

Creating a pause in the business of the day when we are continually in a mode of “doing”, and stepping into just “being” for a few minutes, connecting with what is actually happening in the here and now of the present moment.

This meditation cultivates a mountain-like stillness, stability and calm from which we can observe the changing mental states coming and going, like the changing weather patterns in the sky around the mountain.