Sensing Form – Advisory Notes – before you begin…
* It is often helpful to set a timer. I suggest starting with an amount of time that feels easy/doable. Maybe 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or half hour. Pick one. Set your timer. If you go over time – cool – you might call that ‘extra credit’.
* This form is made to inspire/support you. If a question doesn’t apply to you, or you don’t ‘vibe’ with the words: skip it, cross them out, write in words that work for you, or otherwise modify the form as you see fit.
* If you are not 100% certain about your answer, that’s ok. You can always change your answers, add more information to a previous answer, only answer one question, etc. When you first try it, it is normal if you feel confused: if you are ‘giving it a try’ you are doing it right.
* I recommend beginning your exploration with neutral/safe feeling material – to get the hang of it/before investigating any difficult thoughts/feelings/experiences.
* There is no one-size-fits-all with this sort of work. For some people, some mindful practice increases their anxiety level. If you are new to this and getting more + more anxious while doing this work – STOP doing it.
Perhaps a different prompt will work. Or perhaps, a totally different style of activity is for you. If you’d like suggestions for different sorts of exercises, drop me an email.
* If you have a difficult past, ptsd, or similar background: it is possible that a reactivation/flashback of traumatic experience may occur. If you have never done any sort of body-based healing work, I strongly suggest working with a trauma-informed person at first.
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