This technique that comes in handy when you’ve had a tough day or an overwhelming one but just can’t get a handle on it mentally or emotionally.
Being present with your body and tuning into where physical discomfort and pain show up can help you get in touch with and release what’s bothering you.
Be patient with yourself, and approach this work by being tenderly curious about what’s happening with your body.
First, connect with how your breath is moving in and out of your body. It doesn’t matter whether you focus on the breath moving through your nostrils, mouth, chest, or with your diaphragm.
Just pick one to use as a focus for opening your awareness. Closing your eyes can help you make the connection.
Once you’re intimately aware of your breath, expand that awareness to your body. Relax and let your body reveal to you where your thoughts and feelings are causing discomfort.
Usually one ache will catch your attention. Stay with it and see how it changes or moves. Breathe deeply, and relax as much as you can.
The more tenderness you can bring to what’s going on, the more relaxed you’ll be. Some of the aches and pains will disappear. Some will not, and that’s okay.
Thoughts and emotions will naturally surface – be aware of how your body responds to them.
Any tightness, new discomfort, or increases in existing aches are all clues that those thoughts and emotions are things you need to look at more closely.