These two video posts come to you from our "Insider Look" and "Somatic Self Care” Series found on our USABP YouTube Channel. This episode has been brought to you in part by Judith Blackstone and the Realization Process.
GROUNDING In this first video below, learn to Ground yourself so you can reduce anxiety, disentangle yourself from others, experience coherence, and connect better with others.
This presentation teaches the Realization Process exercise: Foundational Grounding. Because anxiety is an upward movement in the body (“my heart was in my throat”), we can alleviate anxiety by settling into seven foundations in the body: the feet, pelvic floor, respiratory diaphragm, collar bone area, base of skull and jaw, eye sockets and top of head. These foundations allow our emotional life and our mental life to settle and rest.
We do this exercise sitting and then remaining settled in the foundations while walking.
In the video below, learn to Center yourself so you can have a more present-day response in working with others, make deeper connections, and have the ability to stay open to more intense states of others. CENTERING
This presentation teaches the Realization Process exercise:
the Core Breath. Helping you to live and breathe in the core of your being. It helps you find and breathe within the center of your head, chest, and pelvis. This can help you find a place of calm and stillness within yourself, no matter what is happening around you. The subtle vertical core of the body is experienced as your deepest connection with yourself, and your deepest perspective on the world around you. To live there feels disentangled from your surroundings and from other people, but not detached. You can still respond, even more deeply, but without getting entangled in habitual modes of reaction.
We do this exercise sitting and then walking while remaining in the core points.
Additional benefits of these two exercises include helping people (such as therapists, co-workers, family members, etc.) to have a more present-day response in working with others, deeper connections, and the ability to stay open to more intense states of others.