Steve Sisgold

Life in a Body

Rebooting from the Inside Out

How to Stay Engaged, Resilient and On Purpose

Posted Aug 29, 2011

Step One: Commit - Place your attention on connecting your brain and body for the next 5 minutes and feel what it is feeling.

Step Two: Breathe -Take three slow deep full breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Relax and fill your belly on each inhalation, then release the breath and belly, as you exhale.

Step Three: Scan-Notice what is happening in your body.  Are you squinting or straining in any way?  Are your shoulders and neck crunched? Observe for 60 seconds and discover sensations, posture, tension etc.

Step Four: Declare -State to yourself what you notice. For instance,  "I am noticing that my breath is shallow and my fists are closed." Or, "I am noticing how relaxed my belly and chest feel."

Step Five: Act- Take an action that benefits you right now. For instance, if you notice that your shoulders are raised, relax them and let them drop. If you are hunched over your computer, sit back and lift your head up.

Step Six: Visualize -Breathe comfortably, in and out like a calm ocean. See a simple wave, form as you breathe in and out.

Step Seven: Center- Sit comfortably with your legs uncrossed, hands, arms and shoulders at ease, belly relaxed and eyes open.  Take one more conscious breath in and out, focus on an intention and go actualize it!