Resilience Through The Power of Presence, Part 3
Pendulation is an exercise where you gently “touch in” the part of your body that is less comfortable and then back to the comfortable sensations again. The goal of this exercise is to be able to consciously swing from pleasant to unpleasant and back again.
Your sense of well-being is based on your ability to self regulate. Overwhelm and stress are part of life and cannot be eliminated but they can help you build strengths and character if you avoid getting stuck in that state.
- Sit or lie down comfortably, notice where you body feels the most comfortable
- As with the first exercise, describe and experience 3 different sensations. Notice how your body feels. Do this until your body feels calm and relaxed
- Now take a moment to notice another part of your body that is less comfortable (do not choose the part that has the most excruciating pain / discomfort). Again, describe and experience 3 different sensations, without any judgement. Notice how your body feels
- Now go back to the area in step 2 and experience the same 3 comfortable sensations again. Notice how long it takes for your body to return to the same calm and relaxed state
- Repeat steps 3 and 2. This is the pendulation between good and not so good sensations.
Regain Balance and Control
In the final blog of this series, you will learn to apply this sensory skill in any traumatic experience and integrate your other senses.