About 98% of our mental activity…the reasons why we do things…is unconscious (Bargh, 2017). Expressive Art, a right brain activity, is a way to access those wordless emotional messages swirling beneath our consciousness. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could unearth some of your own motivating energy, and channel it towards calmer, more measured responses to the confounding situations encountered in your daily life?
Positive Energy Bubble – Smile to yourself and imagine a beautiful Positive Energy Bubble by closing your eyes, and taking a few deep slow breaths. Visualize or feel a beautiful colorful bubble all around you, like large soap bubble blown from a large wand. Imagine this is energetically protective bubble. Imagine its feel and its swirling motion as it envelops you. Let this soft bubble protect your entire body. Enjoy this feeling of protection. Feel safe within this positive space. Smile. Feel good. Read more about the Positive Energy Bubble here.
This heart centered technique is based on Autogenic Relaxation. I’ve created a riff on the original autogenic sequence to be a simple, heart-centered and body-based relaxation technique. Autogenic is too technical sounding for me.
You are busy! The office is humming! Things are totally running amok today! The phone is ringing and you’re working to finish details on a project due this week! You have people asking you questions and your boss asking you if things will be done on time….it feels like a tsunami of people, paperwork and computer work, all at once!
Remember, you are a builder. A builder of your emotional resilience. Learning the DBT skills, you are a journeyman learning how to be a skilled builder, and creating your personal House of Happiness.
Think of yourself as a builder.
The Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) section of Emotion Regulation is to educate about emotions and to provide skills to manage emotions. Emotions serve a biological function that helped us survive. Emotions are the ultimate mindbody link. Emotions are reactions to inner and outer perceptions and sensations that instantly prepare our bodies to react via the nervous and endocrine system.