Our Aikido training has us looking at how to let go, breathe and “sink open” as soon as we notice that our fight/flight/freeze response has been triggered.
There are two key dynamics here. The first is noticing our reaction in the midst of that reaction. The second is being willing to open up – let go of the reaction, breathing helps a lot, and do what Chris calls “sink open.” It’s about tapping in to our larger awareness, expanding our sense of self, and looking for the option the does the least harm and best supports harmony.
I (Cindy) am noticing that this has benefits for me personally and professionally – as well as for my clients – as we look at honing our leadership capabilities, especially in this VUCA world where our fight/flight/freeze responses are even more likely to get triggered. Here’s to sinking open sooner:)