Being Present to Yourself and Others
2 years, 3 months ago Comments Off on Being Present to Yourself and Others

When I am respecting and holding myself and open to the environment, others will resonate and feel respected and held. By mirroring each other, we can see who and where we are today. We begin to understand what is being called forth from each other. Bonnie Badenoch Being Present to yourself is an aspect of Secure Attachment. Because we are hardwired for it, we can relearn and practice it. It is imperative to healing our attachment styles. Each form of […]

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Attachment Relationships
2 years, 4 months ago Comments Off on Attachment Relationships

The sacred task of a committed partnership is to heal the attachment wounds of our childhood  Christopher Saxton Whether we are aware of it our not, any time we are with another person, our attachment system is operating, our brains are co-regulating one another. Attachment is necessary for our survival, it is, as psychologist Philip Flores explains, “an expected experience that the brain is waiting for, and it develops the structure of the brain. A function of the mother-infant interaction […]

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Embodied Spirituality
2 years, 12 months ago Comments Off on Embodied Spirituality

I recently found the photo I am using for this months’ blog entry. I have no recollection of seeing it before, but I can relate to it on a deeply physical and emotional level. I see how ingrained a relationship with the transcendent is, as I gaze at this one year old with her hands clasped in prayer. To me she represents purity, honesty and an omniscient connection. This position had meaning then, and does for me now. In my […]

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Naming the Feeling, Claiming the Sensation, Finding the Meaning.
3 years, 1 month ago Comments Off on Naming the Feeling, Claiming the Sensation, Finding the Meaning.

Our movement signals what we mean. And, the way we move informs the way we think and feel. Conversely, how we activate our energetic output, is often governed by our mood. Becoming conscious about the choices we make and how much effort we put into any activity is a discovery worth making. The more you know about yourself, the more empowered you are in personal growth, communication (both verbal and nonverbal), and healing. Within any experience lie the clues for […]

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The Feeling is in the Movement
3 years, 2 months ago Comments Off on The Feeling is in the Movement

Emotional Qualities are related to mood. The way we move informs the way we think and feel. Conversely, how we activate our energetic output, is often governed by our mood. Becoming conscious about the choices we make in how much effort we put into any activity is a discovery worth making. The more you know about yourself, the more you choice you have for growth and transformation. Within any experience lie the clues for our transforming possibility. The clearer the […]

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Creating
3 years, 2 months ago Comments Off on Creating “Presence”

Last blog post we explored the relationship of our fingers to parts of our scapula. This month we will look at the growth of muscular strength and the development of our spinal curves in relation to presence. If you find you are a ”spineless push over” and that people easily manipulate you, or find it difficult to say “no” and push back, revisiting push patterns can help transform such experiences, so you can stand up for yourself and feel more […]

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Making Connections: Fingers to Scapula
3 years, 4 months ago Comments Off on Making Connections: Fingers to Scapula

My teacher Peter Madden was fond of saying “Awareness is the first step to change.” He also pointed out, only we can make the connections for the change to occur. This takes attention and intention. A somatic approach to living is the personal awareness about how we encounter and participate in any part of our life, our body self is the way in to this understanding. In my last article I talked about the palm scapula connection and how initiating […]

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Moving from the Outside
3 years, 5 months ago Comments Off on Moving from the Outside

Most of us in this confused and brutal world try to carve out a private life of our own, a life in which we can be happy and peaceful and yet live with the things of this world…When you look a little more closely, not only at your own life but also at the world, you will see that what you are—your daily life, what you think, what you feel—is the external world, the world about you. Talks with American […]

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The Curves of your Spine
3 years, 6 months ago Comments Off on The Curves of your Spine

“The stiff and unbending is the disciple of death. The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.” Lao Tzu (c.604 – 531 B.C.) In the somatic explorations I do in my classes, besides breath as underlying support, we constantly connect to conscious awareness of the curves of our spine. There are 33 vertebrae in 5 regions. Paying attention to the nature of our curves is increasingly important as we age. Looking from a side view, as we move from […]

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Moving from the bottom up*** What our feet can tell us
3 years, 7 months ago Comments Off on Moving from the bottom up*** What our feet can tell us

In my latest explorations with balls, I have been combining elements of Bartenieff Fundamentals™ with elements of Body Mind Centering ℠. I use ideokinesis to make connections to them and other parts of myself. Like it sounds, use of visual and kinesthetic (movement sensations) and imagery supports the efficient use of neuro-skeletal-muscular patterns. If you have diabetes or arthritis or pain in your feet the following explorations are especially useful. These sequences can be done sitting, and in that position […]

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