When we orient we arrive, look around, gather facts about where we are. We may always be doing it to one degree or another. Really allowing ourselves to presence the skill of orienting allows us to learn about and regulate the nervous system, and feel it as a resource. Try this one standing or sitting, and then on a street corner, on the bus, or in a crowded room.


This is another in a series intended to share skills for cultivating presence in the body and mind. Do this one first, then read flex, ground & hold. Capacity-builders for regulation of the nervous system as trauma unwinds in the body, these skills are amazing resources for moving in and around this stimulating world. They come to me from my Relational Trauma Therapy teacher, Merete Holm Brantbjerg, Danish psychotherapist and one of the developers of the body-oriented psychotherapy, Bodynamic Analysis.)