“Touching, Connecting” and “Being in Touch, Looking Deeply”

In the blog category “Guided Meditations”, I will provide detailed explanations for all the guided meditation tracks that I will place in the Resources section of this website. These blog posts will be hyperlinked from the “Guided Meditations” page under “Resources” menu option where these meditation tracks in mp3 format will be placed for streaming or for downloading.

The two meditations entitled “Touching, Connecting” and “Being in Touch, Looking Deeply” as described in the book “The Blooming of a Lotus” by Thich Nhat Hanh help us become more attuned to our body. They put us in touch with our bodies and help us be aware of the condition of each part. They express care and affection for our bodies. While performing these meditations; the in-breath is to touch a certain part of the body: eyes, ears, heart, lungs, and so on. The out-breath smiles to that part of the body.

We take our bodies for granted and end up mistreating it. We could do well to recognize the important functions that some of these body parts perform to keep our bodies alive.

Lungs: The lungs’ main function is to help oxygen from the air we breathe enter the red cells in the blood. Red blood cells then carry oxygen around the body to be used in the cells found in our body. The lungs also help the body to get rid of CO2 gas when we breathe out.

Heart: The human heart is an organ that pumps blood throughout the body via the circulatory system, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other wastes.

Liver: The liver produces bile which helps carry away waste and breaks down fats in the small intestine during digestion. It also produces cholesterol and certain proteins for blood plasma. It stores glucose and releases it as needed. It stores iron and regulates blood clotting.

Bowels: The bowel is the last portion of our digestive tract and is often referred to as the large intestine or colon. The function of the digestive system is to take food into the body and to get rid of waste. The bowel is where the waste products of eating are stored until they are emptied from the body in the form of a bowel movement.

Kidneys: The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that extract waste from blood, balance body fluids, form urine, and aid in other important functions of the body like waste excretion, water level balancing, blood pressure regulation and red blood cell regulation.

Skin: The skin provides protection from: mechanical impacts and pressure, variations in temperature, micro-organisms, radiation and chemicals. It regulates several aspects of physiology, including: body temperature via sweat and hair, and changes in peripheral circulation and fluid balance via sweat. It contains an extensive network of nerve cells that detect and relay changes in the environment.

Brain: The brain is one of the largest and most complex organs in the human body. It is made up of billions of nerves that communicate in trillions of connections called synapses. It is the body’s control center. It controls all the physiological and other functions in the human body

By performing these meditations from time to time, we realize that there is tremendous innate intelligence within our bodies that enable all these functions to synchronize and work well with one another. A lingering after-effect of these meditations is that we learn not to work the parts of the body to exhaustion and instead learn how to rest, refresh and restore to each part its capacity to function normally.

These two meditation tracks are available in the “Guided Meditation” page that can be accessed from the “References” menu option. Please feel free to either stream these exercises or click on the “Download” button to download the mp3 files to your computers. I would greatly appreciate if you would offer candid feedback so that I know how they are being used and so that I can make appropriate corrections and improvements as I go along.

May you be happy !!!
May you be peaceful !!!
May you live with ease !!!

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