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    This is an exercise that I have attempted over the years with zero results really.
    I wonder have I been going about it in the wrong way?

    My initial idea was that it should be possible to centre one's attention at any part of the body since there is no part that can really be held to be central.
    So I proceeded with this exercise where I would aim to position my awareness at various parts of the body (eyes shut obviously).
    Like I said the results were quite unsatisfactory.

    Now I have a different idea. It is to "feel" the body(mentally obviously) at its different places (again eyes shut) and this time the results are different-and more noticeable.
    Although as you move along from the toes to the knees and up along the various limbs and appendages there seems at first to be nothing there ,after a short time I think you do start to have a feeling of what is going on at these extremities and surfaces.

    Obviously as you work your way up to parts of the body that are actually moving (esp with breathing but you might also get the odd twitch) it is very easy to feel what is going on but even in areas that seem like nothing is happening I think you can get a low level of sensation (maybe it is the blood circulating near the surface that you feel)

    So what I really want to ask is whether anyone one else has tried this ?
    Do they get the same results?

    Also I think this sounds similar to an exercise I heard about in Yoga where the aim is to relax the body.I don't think that that works for me though as I don't seem to come across any areas where the muscles are tense (you are supposed to relax them according to that exercise if I remember right).

    Lastly would my "exercise" be just an exercise in curiosity or do you suppose it could have any benefits (improve concentration maybe?) ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by geordief View Post
    My initial idea was that it should be possible to centre one's attention at any part of the body since there is no part that can really be held to be central.
    Depends on how you define "central".
    Since your consciousness, and therefore "attention", is (mostly?) a product of your brain I'd say that's pretty central.


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    lol no
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    The relaxation technique is actually quite an effective way to prepare for rest or sleep as it takes the mind away from other topics that might be occupying it.

    The subject lays on their back on a comfortable surface, a floor mat or a bed mattress, with arms at their sides, palms down. A pillow, if used, should be quite small, tucked under the neck. One starts by visualizing the extremities, toes and fingers and then mentally 'relaxing' them before gradually proceeding up the limbs. It is an interesting exercise that greatly aids with calming the mind through a change of focus. With practice, one can become far more adept at recognizing tight muscles that can be contributing to pain elsewhere in the body and learn to address the cause of this tension. Poor fitting or worn footwear and uncomfortable clothing can contribute to much discomfort.

    Like many 'exercises', results will vary between individuals and while some people find the technique beneficial, others might perceive the return to be insufficient for the effort expended. I suggest don't force it, but come back to it on occasion to see if you have become more attuned to your own biofeedback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geordief View Post
    So what I really want to ask is whether anyone one else has tried this ?
    Do they get the same results?
    I hadn't tried it before I read your post, but I have given it a go (I think). My awareness of sensations seems to be entirely in my feet , hands and jaws . Nothing seems to be happening along my back, or in my head! Seriously, heads don't appear to have any impact on this exercise.

    OK, I'm a chimpanzee.
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    When I was younger, and could not fall asleep, I forced my mind to "see" blackness", as though being within a darkened confinement. It worked.

    Now in old age, sleep occurs too easily.

    Oh well, can't win 'em all! jocular
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