We’ve talked a lot so far about the theory and architecture of practice, so I think it’s time to get into some specifics. Here’s one practice for connecting with parts of yourself that I use and teach frequently.
Take a breath. Notice your physical body. How do you feel physically? Do you have aches and pains? Are you energized? Tight or loose? On an exhalation, let go of any tension or discomfort that doesn’t serve you. Then notice that you are a physical body, and you are something else, the being who is able to notice your physical body.
Take a breath. Notice your thoughts. What’s on your mind? Are your thoughts stuck fast or running wild? Are you circling the same topic or skipping between thoughts? On an exhalation, let go of any thoughts you are ready to release that no longer serve you. Then notice that you are the one thinking, and you’re also the one who can notice your thinking.
Take a breath. Notice your emotions. How are you feeling? Does one emotion predominate or a mix? Is your emotional state familiar or new? Does it feel consistent or does it vary? On an exhalation, let go, if you can, of any emotions that no longer serve you. Then notice that you are the one feeling, and you’re also the one who can notice your feelings.
Take a step back and rest in that part of you that watches and notices. Take a few breaths here, and when you are ready, return your attention to the outside world.
I would love to hear how this works for you or what other practices you use to connect to the various parts of yourself!