If there’s one thing that puts a damper on achieving goals, it’s the tendency to place arbitrary limits on ourselves. This is like attempting to go out on the roof while locking the access door before climbing out. No wonder it’s tricky to finish the task.
Fear is essential – to a certain degree. It keeps us alive by insisting we pay attention to potential dangers and threats. However, living with too much fear – and fear’s conjoined twin, anger – leaves us living lives that are small, miserable, and stressed.
In a body-scan practice, the thing you’re paying attention to (on purpose, in the present moment, non- judgementally) is your body — everything from your toes to your scalp. Using your body as the focus of your attention.