Sensory Overload?


Every waking moment, you’re surrounded by lights, sounds, and colors, all competing for your attention. When pushed to the limit, these chaotic and over-stimulating experiences send your body into a fight, flight or freeze spiral. Part of the outcome of stepping into survival mode is to retract and shut down your senses.

Constant stimulation can make you feel overwhelmed and deaden your sensations. 

 In the same way that New York City would be unthinkable without the sprawling green sanctuary of Central Park at its heart, life in modern society would be impossible to bear without a connection to nature, to quiet, and to subtlety. 

When I was visiting Portugal traveling from Sintra to Lisbon, I had the opportunity to stop at The Palace of Queluz, also known as the “Mini Versailles.” It was a picture-perfect opportunity to slow down and let all my senses appreciate the splendor. 

Things naturally become more meditative if you slow them down. The simple act of washing your hands can be anything from a perfunctory splash-and-rinse to a luxurious ritual, depending on how fast or slow you do it.

For an act to become blissful, you need to allow time for the processing of sensations.

In today’s 20-minute stretch routine, you’ll slowly move through each motion to unravel any emotional tension and move into a rich sensational state. You’ll find that slowing the tempo of the motions will give your body a chance to “feel” into the move and really sink into it physically and emotionally.