1. Present Moment Experience
Perhaps give yourself 2 minutes per question. There are no right or wrong answers!
What is your understanding of the word “interoception”?
What are some sensations you noticed in your body today?
Are there areas in your body that feel more numb, or areas where you feel more sensation?
If you were to choose one small interoceptive action that you could use to bring you into the present moment, what would it be? (ex: wiggling your toes, noticing your breath in your chest, feeling the front and back of your hands)
If you would like to learn more about Interoception, here are some resources you can check out.
David Emerson, founder of TCTSY, explains Interoception (2 min video)
What is Interoception? (5 min video) Although this video emphasizes how Interoception effects ppl with Autism, similar effects have been shown in ppl with trauma.
Read the section called "Experiencing the Present Moment" (p.39) from the book Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga by David Emerson.
Embodied Practice suggestion:
This week, I invite you to continue to practice INTEROCEPTION.
Throughout your week, perhaps notice your feet. Is there any pressure? Can you feel your shoes? Wiggle your toes?
You might begin to track your sensations, noticing when you feel hot or cold, hungry, when you need to use the bathroom etc. These are all forms of interoception.
For now, you don't need to try to change anything about what you feel. We are beginning with just noticing where you are right now.
Wishing you moments of body connection and peace today!