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 Healthy Computing: Body Sensations 
 
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Strong negative emotions such as anger, resentment or jealousy usually increases neck and shoulder tension and inhibit regeneration and healing. Not only are we sometimes irritated and frustrated by others, in many cases we focus our harshest negative feelings on ourselves. We get angry with our body when we sense pain and become frustrated when we do not heal quickly enough. We encourage healing and tranquility when we appreciate BODY SENSATIONS.

How to Appreciate Body Sensations:*
Become aware of the sensations or lack of sensations in your feet. Notice the sensations without judgment; describe them (e.g., pressure in the ball of the foot, the ache at the big toe, the warmth in the shoe). Then, appreciate all the work your feet have done over all the years you have been alive (e.g., the crawling, the walking, carrying the weight of your body, kicking the soccer balls, moving your skis). Really list the things you appreciate: the work they did at time and the abuse they had to withstand. Continue to appreciate your feet and if your attention wanders or is distracted or negative thoughts associated with your feet come up, shift gently back to the positive appreciations of your feet. Continue for a few minutes.

Repeat this same exercise by focusing your attention to a different body area. Each time become aware of the sensations without judgment and then appreciate the many things that body area has done for you.

After having practiced this for a number of times, use the same approach to areas of your body in which you feel discomfort, such as your shoulders, back arms, etc. Again, begin by observing the sensations without judgment, and then appreciate what that body part has done for you.

Many people report that after practicing many times during the day, they notice a significant decrease in discomfort.

*Adapted from a presentation by Dr. James Carson at the symposium on Mindfulness Meditation at the 24th Annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, March 19-22, 2003.

Copyright 2003 Erik Peper, Ph.D. and Katherine Hughes Gibney
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Erik Peper, Ph.D. is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. He is Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies, Department of Health Education, at San Francisco......moreErik Peper PhD
 
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