A Simple Practice
When I learned about the foundational role of the nervous system in healing our bodies, hearts, and minds, all things nervous system started showing up in my awareness. What I consistently see, and what I’ve been practicing myself, is the simple, but powerful, exercise of orienting our bodies to our environment and engaging our senses to build safety in the nervous system. In my upcoming course we’ll be exploring the science behind these practices and adding to their power with other techniques. Take a few moments to try it out:
Begin by noticing the ground beneath you. Notice the contact your body makes with the the ground or your chair. Notice all the places where you feel supported by Mother Earth. Sense. into that contact and notice and name the qualities (temperature, pressure, hardness).
While you maintain awareness of contact with your support, notice your breath without changing it. Just observe the effortless movement of the breath, the expansion and contraction of your chest. Notice where you sense the air entering your body, maybe in the nose or throat or chest, and where you sense it leaving.
Finally, as you dwell in these spaces of awareness, slowly take in the environment around you with all of your senses. Look around you, moving your head and your eyes, both slowly, to land on something in your environment. Name and notice what you see along with its qualities. Notice and name what you hear, smell, maybe even taste. What can you sense with your skin?
There is nothing more you need to do. Just dwell in this space of presence and awareness.