I'll admit it.
I'm good friends with the darker emotions, with the more uncomfortable sensations.
I'm capable of holding yours, too — your heavy emotions and aching sensations.
But I'm not so good with things like
Whenever I have an ache or pain, I feel consumed by its presence. It's a shadow over my day. I lead from that place.
I've always wondered if there was another way, if there was a way I could shift my awareness.
Well, TA DAH!
I've found it.
It's called resourcing.
Resourcing is the ability to feel good, to feel nurtured, and to feel calm within yourself.
It’s kind of like when you put on your favorite pair of shoes or that jacket that makes you feel badass, and you “resource” from that article of clothing or piece of jewelry the way you want to feel.
This kind of resourcing, though, is about finding that place of goodness WITHIN YOUR BODY.
Resourcing is also amazing because you’re still present to the moment and in your body at the same time. You’re not off in your happy place on a desert island swinging on a hammock under a palm tree oblivious to the here and now.
Although that does sound nice.
Resourcing is the real deal for managing overwhelm, panic, anxiety, flashbacks, triggers, and PTSD. And you can do it anywhere at any time.
Here's how it goes:
STEP 1: SCAN
Scan your body from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Feel into the sensations of places like your scalp, heart, kidneys, feet.
STEP 2: LOCATE
Locate a place where you feel the most happiness and comfort TODAY. Every day could be different. Find goodness, safety, warmth. I like a place that makes me feel grounded. You, though, might like a spot that feels airy and open. Resourcing is very personal.
STEP 3: FOCUS
Bring your full attention to this part of your body and take comfort. Rest. Revel in self-love and self-care. You can even set up camp there.
And then breathe, breathe, breathe.
Resourcing is a beautiful reminder to look for the goodness within while also training us to look for the beauty in the world. It's an amazing tool that I hope brings you some peace today.
To your body's goodness,