What Does It Mean to Awaken in the Body?

You can learn to utilize mindfulness of the body as a way of training yourself to stay present in this very moment. It’s quite a feat to stay mindfully present in your body despite the pressures and re­sponsibilities in your life, not to mention all your anxieties and uncertainties. Most people are mindful of their own embod­ied presence for only brief moments, usu­ally around specific functions; more often than not, they are lost in the past or the future or in escaping altogether through disassociation or distraction. But if you are not mindfully present, you are missing the unfolding of your precious human life and you are forsaking any chance to con­sciously participate in how it unfolds.

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