Four Simple Tools to Increase Your Personal Power

Most of us spend a good deal of time in our heads – lost in thoughts, planning for tomorrow and often ruminating about things that have happened in the past or could happen in the future. As a result it can be difficult to be present, engaged and effective in our everyday activities at work or at home.

When we can engage our whole being in a mindful, vibrant way we are more effective and more authentic. Try these simple body mind techniques to have an experience of a more alive and vibrant you.

1. Hands on Heart and Belly

While seated in a chair, place one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly. Close your eyes. Begin to let your breathing slow down a bit. Put your feet flat on the floor. Sit up as straight at you comfortably can. Allow each breath to begin below your belly button and fill your lungs from the belly up to your collar bones.

Slowly exhale. With each inhale and exhale allow the breath to flow in and out slowly and evenly. Do this for 10 to 15 breaths.

2. Bend Over to Connect to You

Stand up and comfortably have your feet about shoulder width apart. This is a good move to do with bare or stocking feet. Have a slight bend in your knees – so that your stance is relaxed. Now slowly bend over, as far as you are able, and put your finger tips on the floor. Bend your knees. Let your belly relax and breathe deeply and fully.

As you breathe allow your knees to gently bend and straighten a little. Stay in this position for up to 5 minutes. When you come up to a standing position, do so very slowly – one vertebrae at a time. When you are fully standing keep a slight bend in your knees. Take a few easy breaths once you are standing.

3. The Arch of Energy

Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart with knees slightly bent. Make two fists and place them behind you on the small of your back – your sacrum. Gently arch over your fists so that your body is in a bow like position. Keep your head facing forward and breathe. Allow your breaths to begin deep in your belly, Keep your knees bent and your fists on your back and continue to allow your breath to deepen. Stay in this position for as long as comfortable, up to 5 minutes. Then slowly return to the Bend Over in #2 for a minute. To finish come to a standing position.

4. Check in With Yourself

When you have completed the 3 moves ask yourself how you feel now. Do you feel more relaxed, more present, calmer, more centered? If you noticed that your legs or body were vibrating or shaking that is ok. It is a sign that your body is becoming more alive.

These 3 simple moves can be very effective in helping you feel more calm, more centered and present.

Practiced every day, they become a valuable tool for well-being. Let me know what your experience is with them.

Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T.

Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T.

Christine Harris is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Bioenergetic Therapist in Littleton, Colorado. Her specialty is embracing all of you: body, mind, and spirit in the therapy process. She has extensive post-graduate training in Bioenergetic Psychotherapy, a body-centered form of counseling. Contact her about your life’s adventures, misadventures, and desire for a more vibrant life. Email: [email protected] Phone: 720-727-2500.

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