Staying Present

Through my career I have taken numerous classes.  After a point although there are always new techniques and theories, being present with my clients needs and staying tuned in is the single most important thing, and the most challenging at times.  Even more important, is noticing my clients presence.

Our Western lifestyle that includes a lot of stress and “non stop thinking” makes it more difficult to allow non productive thinking to stop so that we can turn towards and engage with what is occurring now.

So, as I am working with a client and notice a non productive “thinking or agitated” state, if I have hopes for that state to shift, it is absolutely imperative that I drop into a state of presence in my own body and mind.

Putting my attention on and in my breathe, while focusing on the sensations in my physical body, especially core (which includes organs), really helps me to do that.  Focusing on sensations and noticing where things feel agitated or tight or held instead of focusing on thinking why or trying to figure out with the head what needs to happen is the first step.  “If this is being held, what happens if I just address this spot–maybe I can breathe into it, maybe I notice that I have contracted that whole shoulder area over an unpleasant thought.  Well, now that I am putting my attention on the contracted area away from the thinking and just maybe experiment with allowing my chest to gently expand or softly allow my shoulders to come back to neutral, I begin to feel a lot better.  From here, as a thought arises I can more clearly notice that as I think, I can actually feel the individual physical nuances that occur simultaneously.”

This process is part of an embodiment practice.  It takes awhile to notice and respond to sensations and body patterns that accompany our thinking patterns, but with time and practice it becomes possible to do this and communicate and speak simultaneously.



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