Category : Holistic Psychotherapy
Being Embodied: a both/and, non-dualistic approach to living
8 months, 1 week ago Comments Off on Being Embodied: a both/and, non-dualistic approach to living

We are hardwired for safety and survival and that involves communication both emotionally and rationally. As social beings we are designed to connect. We have our social engagement network at our brainstem, our emotional attachment network higher up within our mammalian brain, at the amygdala, and our cerebral cortex rests on top. All these structures are two sided.   “Right and left hemisphere are involved in absolutely everything but in a consistently different way.” Iain McGilchrist Although our brain is […]

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EMDR and Trauma
10 months, 3 weeks ago Comments Off on EMDR and Trauma

My partner and I recently completed the 60 hour training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). A different explanation of the acronym is Eyes Moving, Digest, and Recover. Many of us agreed this was a much easier explanation of what was taking place in this therapeutic protocol. “. . . negative experiences and unmet developmental needs can block ‘healthy’ information processing.” ( Francine Shapiro) We store information via thoughts, pictures, smells, tastes, emotions and sensations. Each new experience is layered […]

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Exploring Body and Space:  Creating a Relationship with Breath
11 months, 3 weeks ago Comments Off on Exploring Body and Space: Creating a Relationship with Breath

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” Thich Nhat Hanh I have written previously written about breathing with awareness to the growing and shrinking shape changes of our body in relation to our breathing process. When we inhale we grow in our torso, when we exhale our bodies shrink. Today I will be […]

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Being Present to Yourself and Others
1 year, 1 month 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
1 year, 2 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
1 year, 10 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.
1 year, 11 months 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
2 years 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
2 years, 1 month 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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Moving from the Outside
2 years, 3 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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