Bring your body to life

The next time you experience any significant emotion, whether it’s happiness, depression, anger, irritation or sadness, immediately observe  where you sense that feeling most in your body. It may be your jaw, stomach, arms, chest or elsewhere.

Notice the physical sensation of it: tight, light, tingling, churning, heavy and so on. Then simply be present to that physical senation. Hold the intention to move towards it, not away from it.

As you do this, you may notice that over time the sensation shifts or emotions may surface. If so, just keep tracking the feeling in your body and keep feeling it. You may notice your body wants to make some kind of movement. If so, allow it to move, but slow the movement right down into micro-movements so the feelings held in the movements are felt fully.

To really connect with your feelings you need to be ‘grounded’. Being grounded is about being fully in the present moment, which requires performing body exercises and using your intention to bring your energy out of your head and into your legs and feet. When you are grounded, it begins the process of opening up energetic and emotional blocks in the body to encourage the free flow of energy throughout it so it can freely flow through the heart. It’s believed that it’s only when we are grounded that we feel safe enough to really open our hearts and be fully present.

It’s fascinating how, during a grounded exercise, unresolved stuck feelings will automatically surface and we will feel deeper levels of hurt, anger and pain. When we have fully felt and expressed our pain from a very safe, present and grounded place, we can then experience the world with an open heart and a more authentic sense of self.

This process of living permanently from a more grounded state of awareness requires daily practice and takes time. When you open up blocks in your body and bring the energy out of your head and your feet and legs, your experience of reality shifts. Such shifts may include the following:

  • Ongoing worries disappear and you feel more focused on the here and now. From this state you may feel less reactive to a situation that may have been triggering you.
  • You may simply feel more; emotions may come up from which you previously felt disconnected. These can be negative emotions such as anger or sadness, or sometimes repressed fears, but when you allow yourself to feel them and/or safely express them, you allow your heart to open and experience more loving feelings.
  • If you were previously anxious or fearful, you may feel safer and more comfortable.
  • You may feel more open, wanting to move towards people and wanting to connect with them.
  • Occasionally for some, a lot of repressed feelings that surface may produce anxiety. If this is the case, go very slowly, breathe gently and slowly, or stop and do a gentler grounding exercise.
After doing these exercises over several months you should feel more present and safe and more confident to take action in your life.
You can find an exercise to ground yourself and fully experience the present moment here.
About Michelle

A Soul Coach and healer, Michelle is a sought-after speaker and consultant.

She is passionate about her Soul Coaching® practice where she helps burnt-out executives who have lost themselves to rediscover their passion for their lives.

Michelle serves as a mentor for Denise Linn's current on-line professional training courses, "Gateway Dreaming," and "Soul Coaching® Oracle Card Certification" program with Hay House.

Michelle was a contributing author in the award-winning spiritual anthology, Soul Whispers II (Soul Wings Press, Sydney), which was published in October 2010.

With a rich and varied background in the healing arts, marketing, public speaking and writing, Michelle is also a Chakradance™ practitioner (a dynamic, moving meditation to balance and harmonise the chakras.

Michelle runs a successful private practice using these tools to help people "rediscover the sacredness of their lives."

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