2. Making Choices
Perhaps give yourself 2 minutes per question. There are no right or wrong answers!
What were some of the choices you made in the last 24 hours? (These can range from big to small, from what you chose to wear today to a major life decision )
How did these choices feel? Do some of them feel good and others not so good?
You may go down the list and write some interoceptive words next to each choice- like when I made this choice I felt tightness in my chest, when I made this choice I felt myself breathing very deeply…
What is one small choice you could make right now that would bring you just a bit more comfort or ease?
If you would like to learn more about making choices, here are some resources you can check out.
Read the section called "Making Choices" (p.40) from the book Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga by David Emerson.
An explanation of the Window of Tolerance as a tool for emotional regulation (6.5 min video)
This video proves from a neuroscience perspective that we can indeed make changes and rewire our brain with daily choices (like attending this class!) Neuroplasticity (2 min video)
Embodied Practice suggestion:
This week, I invite you to continue to practice MAKING CHOICES.
Throughout your week, perhaps notice when you feel stuck, numb or like there are no options. Watch for moments of "black and white thinking".
If you feel stuck, you can ask yourself these questions: What are the possibilities here? Even though I cant control everything, what can I control? What options do I have? What do I have control over?
When making choices, you could ask yourself what options feel more kind, nourishing, soft, compassionate or healthy? You might experiment with what words work best for you in this inquiry.
You might experiment with doing less, saying no to people, cancelling plans. You might notice what your "yes" and "no" might feel like in your body. Remember, when you make a choice you can always change your mind again.
In each new moment of awareness, you can make a new choice.