lainey said:I would like to add a technique which I have been practicing recently. When I catch myself during an uncomfortable emotion and I sit with it I find it really helpful to place my hand on the area where I can feel the physical sensation of the emotion. I then check in with myself and see if I need to move my hand or use the other hand to follow the sensations. I often find that when I do this I can concentrate on the exercise and not get distracted by the narratives and monkey mind that accompany the emotion. I can really be in the moment and experience the feeling in its wholeness. A strange thing is that the sensations very often move once I've settled on them and I can literally feel them moving round then disappearing. For example today I followed a sensation from between my eyes, into my cheeks, my chin then out my mouth. The emotion passed almost as quickly as it arrived. I can literally chase the negative emotion out my body. I'm not saying that we want or need to chase all our negative emotions away, but the ones that aren't of service to us don't need to consume our time and energy. Over the last week I have practiced every time I have the opportunity and I have to say the results are quite amazing.
I also practiced the technique of looking towards the horizon if I found myself in a negative thought loop and the results were instant!
Today I was feeling angry and upset and like I wasn't being listened to, when I came outside for a cigarette I started dissociating, going over and over what had been said in a disagreement with me and Keyhole. I tried to pull myself back and pay attention to my body, I tried placing my hand where the sensation was. It started in my throat which felt tight. Then I felt abit of pain in my ear (which I've been having abit of trouble with recently) then moved to my left eye which was aching, then the left side of my throat felt tight. When I was putting my hand on my throat my fingers started to shake a little, when I looked at my fingers my little finger was twitching and I just burst out laughing, it was just really funny to watch it.
After this I felt more relaxed, but as soon as I started fixating on the negative thought loops again, my little finger started twitching! When this happened I just tried to re-focus on my body.
It was really interesting to pay attention to what was going on in my body, and the outburst of laughter made me feel immediately calmer.
Thank you for suggesting this Lainey, I'm going to keep trying it out :D