Conscious awareness is an amazing thing in that we can direct our perception towards literally anything we choose. The practice of directing our awareness towards something in particular– like an object, a deity, or a mantra — is the essence of many focused styles of meditation.
Other forms of meditation, like mindfulness practice, invite us to witness whatever is arising, while not getting pulled into the thoughts, emotions, or sensations.
A third type of meditation know as “non-dual” seeks to dissolve the gap between the subject and object, the Observer and the Observed. In dissolving the illusion of separation, we recognize our connection to the field of fundamental consciousness. You can give it a try yourself here — you might find it shifts your awareness, even if you’re experienced in another style of meditating.
I learned this embodied form of meditation in as part of Realization Process teacher training that I did a few years ago (with Judith Blackstone. I’ve always been fascinated by what consciousness is, and how it relates to these bodies we reside in. I recently talked with fellow Realization Meditation teacher and embodiment nerd Brooke Thomas about connecting with consciousness through our bodies for a recent episode of A Healthy Curiosity. Hope you enjoy it!