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7 Mindfulness Exercises for Energy Healers

“Mindfulness isn’t difficult. We just need to remember to do it.” – Sharon Salzberg

We’ve all heard of the many great benefits of mindfulness. 

Just a quick peek at the list of benefits will have most people saying “hey, why am I not doing that stuff…”

  • Improved Stress Tolerance
  • Improved Immune Response
  • Improved Recovery
  • Decreased Depression
  • Improved Neuroplasticity (basically, your ability to learn)
  • Improved focus
  • Heightened Awareness
  • Heightened Empathy
  • Improved General Health

Etc etc. And this is by no means an exhaustive list.

A quick search for “mindfulness” on PubMed yields a staggering 7,335 results!

Yes, what was once a highly esoteric practice, frowned upon by us westerners—is today the BFF (that’s best-friends-forever for those of us who were born before the 21st century) of our scientific culture.

The idea of the originally taught mindfulness exercises is to become aware of the present moment.

We’ll be using a similar but more dynamic awareness to become aware of the present energies and sensations.

The fantastic thing for us energy healing explorers—seasoned veterans and beginners alike—is that by becoming mindful of the energies in us, around us and in others, happens to be the way to become increasingly energy sensitive as well.

If you’re looking for some new meditation experiences or energy-sensing exercises—these mindfulness exercises are for you!

1. Breath

The most classic of all mindfulness exercises—mindfully watching ones breath.

If you’ve ever glanced on one of the copies of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books or any mindfuless book in general—you’ll recognise that this is often THE mindfuless exercise.

However, we’ll be doing it a little bit differently.

Whereas the classical mindfulness exercise says to keep your focus solely on your breath and pull it back whenever attention is lost—we’ll be more dynamic in our approach since energies are always in motion.

Mindfulness Exercise – Breath (a part of what’s taught in The Wonder Method)

  • Start off by getting comfortable, there’s no need to be in any certain position.
  • Breathe in and out normally, using your nose.
  • Put a LIGHT awareness on the edges of your nostrils—feeling the sensation of the breath going in and out.
  • While keeping a light awareness on the breath sensations on the nostrils—allow the peripheral awareness (your “out of focus” awareness) of your feelings and sensations within you to be your “main focus”.
  • Now simply allow the flow of sensations to rise and fall, stay and move. Simply feel the sensations without judgement, holding or wanting it to change.
  • Notice what lightly feeling the breath sensations does to your feelings.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Notice how the light awareness on your breath amplifies the sensations within and around you.
  • The breath works as the “feelings amplifier”.
  • No need to deepen or lighten the breath—the only value to the breathing in this exercise is the sensations it creates.
  • Be gentle, a hard focus limits the flow.
  • Whenever thoughts or images appear—gently revert back to feeling the flow.
  • Sensations can be overpowering and they can be subtle, don’t judge—just feel.

2. Presence

If you’re not the “feely” type, this may come as a surprise.

There’s a TON of different sensations flowing around in your body as you’re reading this. We usually refer to these sensations as feelings—and when we believe we can recognise them, we refer to them as the emotion we’ve come to associate them with.

If you’re feeling unpleasant sensations while reading this, I recommend checking out Energy Healing for Anxiety

Every word that you’re reading on this page will produce new sensations within. We’re however generally not aware of it.

The key to Energy Sensing lies in the details. Subtlety is the name of the game—which tends to be true for almost any skill.

While presence is normally the end-goal of mindfulness exercises—what we’ll be doing in this exercise is simply sensing the current energy flow that’s present. No amplifier, no triggering or introducing a new experience.

Simply sensing what is present.

Mindfulness Exercise – Presence

  • Start off by getting comfortable, there’s no need to be in any certain position.
  • Simply feel what you’re feeling inside. Don’t reach for a certain feeling or sensation, just feel whatever’s present.
  • If it’s frustratingly hard, feel that frustration.
  • If it’s confusing, feel that confusion.
  • Whenever a sensation moves or changes—allow it to.
  • Allow the experience to be as dynamic as our energy is.

Tips & Tricks:

  • If your starts to wander, create pictures or drag you into the realm of the “monkey-mind”, simply return to feeling.
  • If the energy feels stifled, use a lighter awareness.
  • If you notice yourself reaching for a certain sensation or feeling—lighten your awareness and just lightly feel.

3. Words

We all have different associations to different words and sentences.

Strong words like Love or Hate are but a collection of letters shown on a screen—but they certainly have very different feelings associated to them.

Words that may not be as easy to associate, such as Indifferent, Partial, Go-to—will all still trigger different sensations within us, just on a more subtle level.

Mindfulness Exercise – Words

  • Start off by getting comfortable, there’s no need to be in any certain position.
  • Now say the following sentence in your mind: “I Love Myself”
  • Feel whatever feelings and sensations that arises.
  • Don’t reach for them or try to make them change. If it’s subtle or strong—allow it to be.
  • Keep a light awareness on the feeling until it either spreads out or you’ve allowed 1-2 minutes to pass.
  • Now simply say the following sentence in your mind: “I Hate Myself”
  • Repeat the procedure.
  • Continue experimenting with different words and sentences.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Play around with different topics such as Money, Relationships, Health etc.
  • Don’t look for solutions, that’ll involve the mind—it’s all about feeling.
  • This is a part of the process to unfold our stuck feelings.

4. Movement

Movement has a tremendous impact on us. With the latest health crazes and trends still raging on—I don’t need to tell you that exercise and putting our body through motion is healthy for us.

While there already are some disciplines that uses awareness in combination with movement, such as Yoga and Feldenkrais, we’ll be focusing on the effect a certain movement has on our energy—and different ways we can utilise that.

Out of all the mindfulness exercises—this one may be the most suitable for those who tend to become restless before the word “mindf…” is even completed.

Mindfulness Exercise – Movement

  • Sit down somewhere where you can straighten your legs out in front of you.
  • Relax and try to reach your toes—bending forward until you feel a slight amount of resistance.
  • Now stay in this position and simply feel the sensation of resistance, lightly.
  • Notice the resistance and how it makes you feel.
  • Simply feel those sensations and let them change and unfold as they do.
  • You may or may not feel sensations of tingling or warmth—those are usually signs that the energy is presenting itself more clearly and/or moving efficiently.

Tips & Tricks:

  • You can do this with pretty much any movement. Yoga asanas (positions) being particularly suited.
  • Try common movements in slow-motion—such as turning your hand over.
  • Can be used for everyday-tasks such as doing the dishes, cleaning, going for a walk etc.

5. Eating

Eating is sometimes similar in experience to those of words.

Whenever we eat anything particularly good or bad—we can’t help but notice the changes it produces within us.

However, we’re also very accustomed to directing our attention towards our mind, our surroundings or some form of entertainment while getting our much needed nutrients.

While we have flavour preferences, each thing we consume offers a unique experience.

While apples and bananas might both be enjoyable, they’ll produce different sensations within us.

Mindfulness Exercise – Eating

  • Notice how you’re feeling in this very moment, and allow those feelings and sensations simply to be as they are.
  • Now eat something, whether that’s a piece of broccoli or Reese’s peanut butter cup.
  • Notice the changes and how it makes you feel.
  • Don’t try to make it “feel more”, if it’s subtle allow it to be, if it’s strong allow it to be.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Do this on the “everyday” foods and snacks you normally eat but don’t tend to pay attention to.
  • Try buying 2 different brands of any piece of food like pasta, and see if they offer different experiences and if you can “blind-test” yourself to recognise them.
  • Use this exercise on different types of flavours such as sweet, sour, bitter, salty etc.

6. Images

“A picture says a thousand words”.

That becomes even more interesting now when we know the effect each word has on creating sensations within us.

Have you ever found yourself completely captivated by a painting or a beautiful scenery?

Though we may not consciously give awareness to the sensations rising within us from everyday images and sceneries—we generally will notice our like or dislike whenever the sensations crosses a certain threshold into the “emotions territory”.

Mindfulness Exercise – Images

  • Start off by getting comfortable, there’s no need to be in any certain position.
  • Grab or Google an image that you’d prefer to do the exercise with (recommended Google Image keywords are: Mountain View, Beautiful Scenery, Nature, Van Gogh, Fantasy Landscape etc etc)
  • Gently look at the picture and allow whatever sensations that arises—to arise and be felt.
  • Allow the sensations and feelings to move, change, spread or stay.
  • Try using different themes that you expect to produce different results and see how they differ in sensations, locations and intensity.

Tips & Tricks:

  • A lighter awareness to sensations will reveal the subtleties better than a stern.
  • Sensations always shift and move—there’s no need to grasp for a certain feeling or sensation.
  • You may find that certain parts of an image or scenery produces certain pleasurable sensations.

7. Emotions

Emotions are the mind’s end-game label.

It generally goes something like this:

Sensations -> Feelings -> Emotions

An example might look like;

Pleasant sensations -> “I feel like I’m made of light!” -> Joy

Or;

Unpleasant sensations -> “It’s like I’ve got a knot in my stomach” -> Worry

We’ll trigger a certain emotion, feel how it feels and notice how we know that it’s related to that certain emotion (read: sensate the sensations).

Mindfulness Exercise – Emotions

  • Start off by getting comfortable, there’s no need to be in any certain position.
  • Trigger a certain emotion of your choice (by quietly saying the emotion or imagining a scenario that you know triggers it.
  • As soon as sensations are triggered, let go of the inner speech/imagining and focus solely on feeling.
  • Allow the sensations and feelings do change and do as they wish—while you gently observe.
  • Use different emotions and compare them to each other.

Tips & Tricks:

  • As sensations change—there’s no need to repeat the same word/image over and over to “re-trigger” the sensations connected to that emotion. All sensations are equally valid and interconnected in their dynamic nature.
  • How do you know that certain sensations are associated to certain emotions? Be gentle enough in your awareness to allow subtleties to reveal themselves.
  • Sensating is a skill and like any other skill—takes practice. Be gentle and enjoy every sensation. New depths of subtleties will reveal itself with practice.

Mindfulness Exercises Summary

While classical mindfulness exercises certainly has nothing but benefits to offer—the main difference in mindfulness exercises for Energy Healers and Energy Workers lies within the flow.

The primary idea of classical mindfulness is single-mindedly focusing on something such as the breath in order to silence the mind and become aware of the present moment.

In these mindfulness exercises for Energy Healers—we silence the mind and become aware of the energy.

It’s a fantastic way to increase both energy sensitivity and become present.

It’s also a wonderful way to approach life!

Once we get some practice with these mindfulness exercises, new unique experiences become available such as When I Experienced the Energy of a Buddhist in Thailand.

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