Inner Presence

Inner Presence is a way to explore your sensations and what they tell you about your
emotions. You listen to your body and then try to find the right words and pictures to
express what it is you are sensing in your body about your problems. This is not the
same as explaining or analyzing what you feel, which is done in your head. Inner
Presence is
body- centered. It is the ability to keep company with yourself and listen
without judgment to your own emotions and sensations.

First ask yourself, “What characteristics are embodied by a compassionate listener?”
Most people answer: patience, attention, interest, empathy, love, warmth, acceptance,
open, spacious, stillness, etc. These are the qualities that you want to embody when
you are listening to yourself.

    1. Begin by centering yourself and trying to embody compassion. Take a few
    moments to scan your body. Any area in your body is welcome to come to
    awareness but especially notice your sensations along your chakra points (pelvis,
    belly, chest, throat, head). Chakra points are pools or “store houses” of physical
    and emotional energy within our bodies. They are good places to find something
    to listen to. When you become aware of any sensations notice them without
    judgment. Acknowledge your sensations by saying, “Hello” to them, or “Yes, I
    know you are there”. Allow these sensations to exist in you without trying to
    change them, dismiss them, analyze them, or let them overwhelm you. You are
    merely compassionately observing these sensations.

    2. When you acknowledge the sensation, notice how the sensation responds.
    Does it get stronger? Weaker? Dissipate? Transform? Be curious and open to it.
    Then let go of your thoughts about the sensations. Allow the sensations to be.

    3. Then allow a description to come of what it feels like. This description could be
    in words, images, gestures, or sounds. Begin an inner dialog with your body. Every
    time a description emerges, check back with the sense to confirm whether your
    description is accurate or not. For example, you feel “something” in your chest.
    Stay with it. Soon you may sense that this “something” has a quality of
    “heaviness” to it. Take the word “heavy” and check back, “is the word heavy
    correct?” If not, let the word go and try again. Not heavy, but “drained”. “Is
    drained correct?” Drained may be partly correct. Maybe it’s “drained and empty”.
    Is “drained and empty correct?” Keep checking back with the felt sense until you
    find a description that fits with a satisfying sense of rightness. Be present with
    the sensation.

    4.You may then want to ask what the “emotional” quality of the sensation is. Is it
    a “sad” drained and empty? Or a “satisfied” drained and empty? Again keep
    checking back with the sense to make sure your description fits.

    5. Once you have explored the sense, you may want to give it prompts to reveal
    itself more fully, or ask it what it has to teach you. Avoid asking “why?” “Why”
    questions invite intellectual explanations and take you out of your body. Instead
    ask “what?” The goal is to observe how this whole thing feels in your body right
    now.

Applied Inner Presence

Applied Inner Presence is using the inner presence dialog to explore specific issues such
as strong feelings that overwhelm you, habits, decisions that need made, physical
symptoms, feeling stuck, interpersonal problems, etc.

    1. Choose an issue to work on.
    2. Bring your attention into your body.
    3. Wait for a felt sense to form: take the time to feel how your issue feels in your
    body.
    4. Get to know your felt sense by finding a description.
    5. Explore the emotional quality of the felt sense.
    6. Be present with the felt sense.
    7. Ask if the felt sense has any more to teach you and receive whatever emerges.
    8. End session by thanking yourself for listening and thank your body for talking.
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