ABSTRACT

A mindfulness technique that switches off the sympathetic nervous system and takes the body into the parasympathetic system. It creates present focus awareness by encouraging clients to focus on minutiae as a form of distraction. It can enable a switch from an emotional limbic response to a more cortical response when describing five random items in the room. For clients experiencing anxiety in the moment or emotional overwhelm especially when first arriving in session. Positive emotions have the opposite effect. Anyone feeling emotional turbulence who may have dropped into a downward spiral of only seeing the negative events around them. Assure the client you don’t need to see their journal and they won’t be required to fill it out. For clients who have an imbalance between the amount of items they weave into their day that nourish versus those that may be depleting items that they cannot change.