Have you ever thought that the only time when you can experience a sensation, movement or emotion in your body, is right now? We cannot experience sensations, movements or emotions in our body from the past or in the future, only in the present.
Our presence is formed from our sensations, movements and emotions in the moment. It is how we show up day to day. The language of life is sensation and movement.
If you squeeze one of your hands with the other and recognise this sensation, then let go and see if you can still feel the sensation after you have let go of your hand. There may be a slight 'echo' in the sensation you felt for a few seconds afterwards, however there is then no longer the sensation of your hand being squeezed. You can remember the sensation after releasing your hand, but you aren't actually feeling the sensation.
The purpose of this exercise is to understand how our sensations and movements are only felt in the moment. They are not from the past and they are not in the future, they are from now.
If we rest our attention on our present sensations, movements and emotions, then we can become fully present. This is about our presence in how we show up day to day through our embodied self-awareness which is recognising our full self in the moment.
Our full self = sensations, movements and emotions right now. Therefore take a moment to experience what this is for you. Notice what is happening in your body from head to toe, side to side and front to back in this moment.
Our presence impacts other people. How you show up impacts how other people respond to you.
Be curious in what your body is telling you and question why this is. Maybe your body is telling you to slow down or decrease your stress levels if you have a heavy chest, faster heart rate or tense shoulders.
Consider how your sensations, movements and emotions impact how you show up day to day.
I help corporate executive women to be more influential during emotion-charged situations by developing their emotional competence to respond constructively.