How do you handle your most intense feelings? Are you able to keep them company when they come up, or do you feel swamped, like they are “taking over?”
Intense feelings are a regular feature of my emotional landscape as a sensitive person. For every-day events and feelings, a certain level of Presence within myself is sufficient, but I find it challenging to stay grounded in my body when intense emotions come up.
Happily, I’ve found a reliable way to create industrial-strength Presence: a body-grounding lead-in. In Focusing, we use the term “lead-in” to describe a series of suggestions that help create Presence in ourselves. This is helpful for any kind of inner work.
In this video, I take you through a lead-in I learned from Focusing-oriented psychotherapist and teacher Glenn Fleisch.* I have made some of the language my own, but the structure and principal content are entirely his. Thank you, Glenn, for your permission to share this.
As you try out this five-minute lead-in, notice that it invites you to tune in to your embodied sense of yourself from five points of view: physical contact, inner sensing, the external environment, the relationship environment, and the spiritual environment. Notice how each point of view brings a new layer of richness and subtlety to your embodied awareness of yourself.
This is the key first step to come into relationship with whatever is going on in you.
*To read more about Glenn’s Wholebody Focusing work, click here