Paraphrasing from the book Buddha’s Brain:
Whole body awareness is right-brain activity. Internal dialog is left-brain activity. You can’t do both at the same time, so awareness of the body suppresses left-brain monkey mind.
When you sense the body as a whole, you further activate the right hemisphere.
Start with the breath. Experience it as a single, unified gestalt of sensations. It will crumble; recreate it.
Expand awareness to include whole body. When it crumbles, restore it.
You’ll get better with practice.
Whole body awareness supports singleness of mind, a meditative state in which all aspects of experience come together as a whole and attention is very steady.
Aha! So this is where Peg is leading me!