Orientation means connecting to the present moment through our senses. The orienting impulse happens naturally when our nervous system is well regulated. If you watch animals you will notice that they are always orienting. Looking, listening, sensing, smelling etc. Their survival depends on knowing where they are and assessing if there is any threat.
When we have experienced trauma or chronic stress we disconnect from this natural orienting impulse and we become hyper-vigilant and fixated on danger signals from the body. The body may be sending cues of danger that have absolutely no relevance to the present moment. We are unable to discern the past from the present. This contributes to an overall sense of being unsafe. Orientation is a restoration of safety.
The practice of orientation is one of the most effective ways of stabilizing the nervous system in relationship to the present moment. I will guide the group in an orientation practice and there will be time for questions.
Whether you are new to these kind of practices or a seasoned practitioner you are welcome to join us. The practices are simple and direct and the shared space is safe, warm and welcoming.