We have been learning so far about The Foundational Trinity from my book Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind – and have found that both grounding and orienting are ways to feel more resourced and that grounding, orienting and resourcing work hand in hand to reinforce one another.
But what is resourcing?
For our purposes, a resource is anything that evokes positive embodied states.
“Resourcing” refers to accessing our resources or “becoming resourced.” Resources could be sensations, emotions, colors, places, people, sounds, animals —really anything that shifts your state in a positive direction toward a sense of well-being, safety, gratitude, grounding, compassion, empowerment or inspiration.
Resources can exist in your outer or inner worlds. For example, you are relying on a friend as an external resource when you reach out to them in a moment of need. Internally, you might use an image of the ocean as a resource if that is calming for you.
As another example, someone might evoke the empowered and connected feeling they have when riding a horse as a way to get resourced before entering a situation that is intimidating. They might use a memory like the image of the ocean pictured here.
Exercise: Take a minute to think about what in your life serves as a resource to you. Write down anything: types of music, places in nature, activities, animals, or people.
Next, close your eyes and feel your breath moving in and out and notice any places in your body that feel good. Grounded, strong, calm, inspired, open, or alive. Write about any of the sensations you felt and the places in your body that carry resource energy for you.
Now, see if there are any symbols, words, concepts, archetypes or mythic figures that might serve as a resource for you. Maybe a yin yang symbol or the word “compassion” or an image in your mind of a mythic figure like Kokopelli playing his flute, maybe something else! Write down what comes.
Learning to access the resources in the inner world of our bodies and brains is a valuable aspect of navigating through unresolved traumas, painful emotions or difficult life issues, because being resourced makes the process less overwhelming and more manageable.
Becoming more attuned to the people, practices, environments and activities that serve as resources in the outer world can help us learn to self-regulate and deal with stress better by identifying what supports us.
Taking time on the yoga mat to evoke mind-body states that are deeply resourced is a key aspect of the Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind approach.
As a yoga teacher, simple sequence of instructions for initiating the Foundational Trinity at the start of a class might be as follows:
• Get present in the room and take a moment to “come to your senses.” Look around and see the room and your fellow yogis. Notice the beautiful quality of the morning light. (Orienting.)
• Now close your eyes and (if you’re comfortable) turn your head side to side while they are closed. (Orienting.)
• Now become more aware of your body. Feel where your hands are resting, notice the air against your skin, the places where you are touching the floor, feel your breath move in and out as you find yourself right here, right now. (Grounding.)
• Now notice anything at all that feels good to you. As you keep deepening your breath, notice if there are sensations, colors, images or words in your body and mind that feel good. Even if you can’t name these specifically, take another breath with the intention to receive what feels good right now. (Resourcing.)
If you are interested in the Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind Teacher Training please find out more here —we begin again January 2016! You can start reading the companion book now – Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind: A Modern Yoga Philosophy Infused with Somatic Psychology and Neuroscience.