Internal Resources (Why Body Psychotherapy? - Part 3)

October 2, 2014

In my last post, I described a situation in which paying attention to the five core organizers of present-moment experience could help create the ability to open up more choices from which to act in order to make decisions that contribute to positive outcomes. It sounds so easy, right?

 

Unfortunately, in reality, this is not always easy – and, in fact, more often than not, it’s not easy at all. Sometimes, we feel emotions that are so overwhelming that it’s almost impossible to think rationally and make decisions: we just react. Other times, we feel emotions that seem to have no cause and seem like they might never go away. In both cases, we might feel as though we are at the mercy of our emotions, and the idea of even entertaining other ways of behaving that might be different from what we are already doing seems simply out of our control.

 

In this post, I will discuss the second benefit of body psychotherapy of the three I offered part 2 of “Why Body Psychotherapy?”:

 

  • Gain greater awareness of your present-moment experience

  • Develop internal resources to help you manage difficult times

  • Process unresolved issues from the past

 

It is typically much easier to identify external resources, the things in our lives that can help calm us down or lift our moods: a favorite pet cuddling up with us, an inspiring book, a family member or friend. Internal resources, on the other hand, are less concrete. They live inside of us, and sometimes we need to actively engage in them to make them more accessible and effective.

 

The path of least resistance

As I discussed in my last post, the five core organizers of experience* are all interconnected and influence one another:

 

At the level of the body’s systems, they flow together in particular ways, often beyond our consciousness, and they can function as a system of automatic reaction. Like a well-worn path, it’s an easy way to travel. However, the destination might not be where we want to go. Take a simple example.