Getting out of myself

I am a rememberer, a delver, a keeper of the past. When I think of past wrongs committed against me sometimes I get lost in the memories and feelings and emotions and find it hard to get out. Here is the best technique I know to bring me back to the present.
  1. Engage all five senses
    There's a river in a forest not too far from where I live. It's truly my happy place! I "take" myself there and ask the following questions:
  2. What do I smell?
    The sweet, tingly scent of pine and sometimes smoke from a campfire
  3. What do I see?
    Sunshine glinting on the water, blue sky, green trees, brown earth.
  4. What do I hear?
    Rushing water, insects buzzing, an occasional bird, a car passing on the gravel road, my feet crunching across the rocks.
  5. What do I taste?
    Egg salad sandwich or soup from a canteen, grapes, soda water, mint from flossing.
  6. What do I feel?
    The rock I'm sitting on that juts out into the water freshly warmed by the sun, freezing water on my feet, the sun on my face, a gentle breeze.
  7. Just writing this I feel like I can breathe a little easier. I hope you can too!