Do you ever find yourself going from experience to experience without actually settling in when you arrive? Just going through the motions but never really being present in the experience or feeling like you are in a race to complete your day? I often ask client's when they come in how they are feeling in this exact moment, and more often than not, people respond with, "Hmmmm I don't know, I haven't actually checked in with myself." This is so common in our day-to-day lives, especially in a society that reinforces and glorifies being "busy".
The problem is when we don't take a moment to truly settle in, we are actually abandoning ourselves and not giving ourselves the true opportunity to have a felt sense experience, which is where we build true memories and connections with ourselves, others and our experiences.
Next time you transition to a new place, experience/situation or engage with a new person, I invite you to try this Somatic Body Snapshot to practice the art of settling in. Try to be kind with yourself, stay open and get curious:
After you take this snapshot of yourself, maybe thank yourself for the gift of truly seeing yourself. From here, maybe take a few deep breaths with your hand on your heart to offer a moment of compassion and kindness to yourself for showing up and holding space for yourself in this exact moment, acknowledging exactly where you are without trying to change or fix it.