Check In (Don’t Check Out)

Conversations from the Heart - October 30th 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Healing, Self-Love, Lifestyle, Growth

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

How are you doing? It’s a question we get asked all the time, but when was the last time you answered that question from a place of raw, honest truth?

Let’s check in. In this moment, how are you doing – REALLY? Instead of answering on autopilot, drop deeply into your body. Close your eyes. Place to hands to your heart. Breathe deeply. Feel. What is it like for me to be here, as I am, in this moment?

Checking in - becoming fully present in your own body - is a practice that will completely transform your life.

Our days are a roller coaster of ups and downs, thoughts, experiences, and triggers that impact both our state of mind and our emotional heart. If we don’t recognize a trigger when it comes our way, we will not understand why we feel the way we do, and we usually end up turning to coping mechanisms without knowing what lead us there in the first place.

This is why we must consistently and dedicatedly check in with ourselves - not just once a day on the yoga mat, but as often as we can.

In today’s episode, Rachel shares the important practice of checking in (and exactly how to do it), over and over again. This is the practice of coming home to your heart, taking deep breaths, and listening to what is really there. Over time you will gain the ability to make sense of your feelings, understand your reactions, and feel at home in your body.

This practice also allows you to notice where and how you tend to numb and check out (without judging yourself!) so that with time, you can choose differently.

Tune in as Rachel shares her own personal triggers, the causes and reactions behind them, and the impact this simple practice has had on her life.

By creating the space to check in, you can begin to live a more conscious, present life, and figuring out what you really need becomes a little easier every time. Tune in to come back home to you.

Key Takeaways

  • Always begin your day by checking in with yourself. Give yourself space to feel, move, write, dance, or anchor into any practice that brings you back to your body.
  • Our bodies hold more answers than we know! By bringing energy and awareness into the body, we can listen to its beautiful intelligence.
  • When you are having a hard moment, sit with it. Recognize the coping mechanism you usually turn toward, but don’t reach for it. Feel where the trigger is coming from before reacting.
  • Take time to consciously wind down at the end of the day. Reach for a resource, listen to a podcast, take a walk, journal, shake, or do anything to clear your head instead of numbing out.
  • Healing starts with acknowledgement. Acknowledging when something isn’t working and making the commitment to living a more present life is the first step.