What does it mean for you to "feel good"? To"feel alive"? Or to "feel at your best"? We can ask ourselves how responding to these questions looks like in the inside-out. We can also ponder about what ideas arise in regards to the meaning and purpose of these questions, but the most important in a "Somatic Psychology" frame of Psychotherapy is what is the "felt sense" response that arises in your Body.
Often, we use language to describe how we feel at a particular moment in this keeps changing moment to moment. While we notice what arises in us in the present moment and when we can ask ourselves - How are we doing? In this process of noticing what we feel in the present moment, we need to inquire more in-depth the details of our bodily experience in order to understand where we are and start to make changes when we don't feel well.
Writing the previous three questions in one we obtain a main bodily inquiry:- How does it feel to you to feel good, to feel alive and at your best? - Finding some answers to this question will lead us to find them in our bodies.The answer that describes bodily your experience of "feeling good" (your embodied experience) is basically a "felt experience" in the body. This answer is a very particular and unique answer to you: a genuine felt-sense of feeling good with your Self, a "state of being" that we all like to ideally attain and be able to maintain or sustain overtime. The answer that comes to you in a particular moment can help you to inquire further to find the clues of what you need to acknowledge and accept in a particular moment. Consequently, when knowing that the way you feel is not in coherence with how you want to be experiencing your self and your life, or how you want to be feeling, you have the opportunity to change it by fully knowing yourself. Therefore, new ways of thinking, new ways of feeling, and new ways of relating to yourself and others are available for you to embody.
These new ways of thinking and feeling can help you to improve yourself, be more awake, feel more at ease, or to find a resolution to your problems (or any similar terms you would like to use to describe the ideal "state of being" that is optimal and desirable). Exploring and paying attention to your body, your thoughts, and your emotions can be the key for attaining a greater and better understanding of your True Self.
Bringing awareness to your body helps you to check within what is that you are experiencing in a particular moment and understanding how a particular internal experience shifts over time. Mostly, it can help you as well to realize what are the range of choices that you have for creating something different in the present moment; what is aligned with your own personal truth and brings you a greater sense of freedom and a greater sense of choice for you to experience a more loving and positive internal state of being - instead of re-experiencing the chain of a negative patterns that belongs to the past.
Accepting what is there for you in each moment and noticing the patterns and habits constellated overtime, while allowing it to exist what it is without judgment, can help you to make room to experience other ranges of feelings, emotions or bodily states. In order to move to a different way of being or move to a more renewed and a freer mind-body state, "where you are" needs to be experienced, explored and recognized.
Discerning and discriminating your inner states will provide you the freedom to chose different options available and envision its potentials. Doing this will be the key to create new pathways in your body that bring more harmony and peace in your daily life. The key of focusing in the body is to bring the body together in alliance with the mind and in alliance with your Soul. Therefore, a greater stage of harmony is possible by practicing to know yourself with another in the course of Psychotherapy.
LET ME HELP YOU IN ASSISTING YOU IN THIS BEAUTIFUL AND MEANINGFUL PROCESS OF KNOWING YOURSELF THROUGH:
- MEDITATION AND MINDFUL TECHNIQUES are of great assistance to be used in conjunction with Psychotherapy. These techniques can help you to ground you in the present moment to have access to your inner resources that brings more balance and more ease in your repertoire of felt-experiences. The presence of an emphatic other in combination with the right techniques will provide you access to the core of your senses and the participation in the Psychotherapeutic Process will help you later in bringing deeper meaning to your experiences.
By being fully awaken through your present moment, you will learn to integrate with ease your past experiences, and also envision your best future. The integration of mind-body-soul becomes the main focus in many Eastern practices like Yoga and Zen. With an on-going practice in Psychotherapy sessions comes the joy and fulfillment of being awakened in each moment with the body and the mind as one.
- THE USE OF BREATHING TOOLS are great tools to help you increase different ranges of your body sensations, to slow down and notice your energy flow, accommodate your breathing in a way that you place yourself in alignment with an integrated state of ease, inner peace, and relaxation. Knowing yourself in this body-mind state will help you over time to increase the duration and frequency of this peaceful and relaxed state of being. Relaxation, visualization, and active imagination techniques will be utilized in combination.
My approach using the Somatic-Body approach is to facilitate the exploration of your inner experiences and the issues that might be difficult to convey through words alone when difficult emotions and affects usually get trapped or unprocessed in your Body. In combination with a Depth Psychotherapy approach, the exploration of the Body is a very direct vehicle to tap into your unconscious and your inner wisdom.
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"To solve the problem you must give equal value. We cannot say the side of the spirit is twice as good as the other side, we must bring the pairs of opposites together in an altogether different way, where the rights of the body are just as much recognized as the rights of the spirit." - Jung 1934, p. 107, from the book: The Body in Analysis, Chapter: The Subjective Body in Clinical Practice, by Donald F. Sandner