3 Exercises to Help You Be More Present in Your Life
By Ivonne Miranda, LPC
1. Connect to your cardinal senses.
2. Connect to the ground.
If you can do so comfortably, safely, and appropriately, you may remove your shoes for this exercise.
Depending on your comfort level and ability, begin this exercise by either standing, sitting, or lying down. Whatever part of your body is in contact with the ground, whether that’s the bottoms of your feet or your entire back, try to press as much of those body parts against the ground as possible.
Close your eyes and focus your mind on your connection to the ground. How does the ground feel beneath you? How do you feel on top of the ground? Take a moment to attune yourself to these sensations.
Next, imagine tree roots growing into the ground from your feet, or your back if lying down. By growing these roots, you are connecting more deeply and fully to the ground. Allow these roots to grow as deep and wide as they can. Imagine these roots however you’d like, but remember they are strong and will keep even the strongest wind from knocking you over. Imagine yourself as a tree, strong and stable, pulling nutrients from the earth.
When ready, return to yourself as a human being, but keep the sense of stability, connection, and nourishment.
3. Connect to the journey of your breath.
Stand, sit, or lie down comfortably. Take a nice deep inhale through your nose and cherish the sensation of air filling your lungs. Exhale slowly.
Next, inhale again and imagine your breath as light, or warmth, (or something comforting to you, that you would like to allow into your body.) While inhaling, imagine the light traveling to your chest. Imagine it moving down to your stomach. Imagine it journeying around to your tailbone and allow the light to settle there.
On the exhale, imagine your breath rising up your spine and pulling any tension or discomfort along with it. Imagine your breath passing over the crown of your head, and out your mouth.
Repeat this entire process at least three times or as many as you’d like.
Thank you for allowing me to share these exercises with you. I hope you find these of value in your healing journey.