The 35-Second Reset — one question to switch gears

Updated: Apr 19

Hello friends,

Wow, what a time! Many of us are feeling tossed about by external circumstances, finding it hard to come back to center. In this chaotic moment, I want to offer the lowest-cost, highest-reward centering practice I can think of. It's just one question:

When was a time I felt like myself?

Give yourself 3 seconds to look away from your screen and remember one time—picture it, smell it, sense it. Who was there? How were you holding yourself?

Then bring your attention inside and notice what's happening in your body. Stay with the physical sensation of being yourself for about 30 seconds—allowing each cell to absorb and memorize this state.

All told, this should be a 35-second practice that has the capacity to transform your state of being and shift your day.

Let me know how it goes!

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Emma Sartwell, MDiv, CYT | Emma holds a Master of Divinity from Naropa University and is a registered psychotherapist. She combines Somatic Experiencing, parts work, shamanic principles, and mindfulness into her sessions, which focus on nervous system regulation, trauma integration, attachment patterning, inner critics and inner children, and ancestral healing. Her deepest joy is helping people feel more integrated, authentic, and connected.

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