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Cultivating Presence
6 months, 3 weeks ago Comments Off on Cultivating Presence

Moments of meeting and acknowledging, of listening and offering Each sensation has its own story that seeks to be heard. Bonnie Badenoch This last year I spent studying Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with Bonnie Badenoch. We started each day with a practice of embodiment so we could focus and respond to energy and information a little differently. Starting from the ground we moved upward through our bodies, our awareness resting and meeting parts of self. We practiced regularly and I now use […]

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Joy is a skill that can be learned
7 months, 1 week ago Comments Off on Joy is a skill that can be learned
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I was catching up on my CBC Tapestry listening the other day and was struck by this one 7 minute segment on Joy. In this portion of the podcast Chade-Meng Tan explained that by ‘thin slicing’ moments of joy we can increase our happiness. By thin slicing, Chade means the space they occur is small and the duration is short. He explains it is as simple as noticing the small experiences when we feel joy. These brief moments of pleasure […]

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CranioSacral approaches and Energy Cysts
9 months, 2 weeks ago Comments Off on CranioSacral approaches and Energy Cysts
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Recently a client wrote asking me “whether craniosacral is considered energy work, or is there more of a science-oriented theory to it? . . . some effects of acupuncture can be explained physiologically, the traditional understanding of influencing a person’s energy has a way of taking away its legitimacy in a western medicine oriented society.  I. . . have been left wondering how someone can use energy to help someone else.  Because I personally had an emotional release with energy […]

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3 Ring Circuit * Viscera
1 year, 5 months ago Comments Off on 3 Ring Circuit * Viscera

“…as our attunement with others increases – we become viscerally aware of how our resonance circuits draw us deep within each other – we may become open to a felt awareness of how inextricably interwoven we are with one another” Daniel Siegel in Being a BrainWise Therapist 40 My body and movement life are responsible for Implicit memory. My muscles and other tissues record the events of my life. In the last two newsletters I have used a 3 ring circuit to […]

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3 Ring Circuit
1 year, 6 months ago Comments Off on 3 Ring Circuit

In my last post I talked about how our whole brain pays attention. Our whole brain is responsible for language, logic, creativity and relationships. Each hemisphere pays attention differently, the left in bits and in a linear fashion, makes finite conclusions, the right seeing the whole and relational, it takes in the emotional embodied content, and is not certain. To learn something we need to break it down to understand the components, but put it back together to gain a […]

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Being Embodied: a both/and, non-dualistic approach to living
1 year, 7 months 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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Sudoku for your Body
1 year, 8 months ago Comments Off on Sudoku for your Body

After all the feasting and celebrating that comes with the holidays surrounding the Winter Solstice, we all tend to make a resolution to ‘get in shape’ with the new year. Many head to the Gym for a new routine and are surprised that within 3 months they have fallen right back into their same old patterns asking why can’t I stay with a program? Our bodies are the home to our souls. As we age, it is crucial to keep […]

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EMDR and Trauma
1 year, 9 months 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
1 year, 10 months 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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The Power of Presence Practice
1 year, 11 months ago Comments Off on The Power of Presence Practice

“. . . We all need groups of support that are dedicated to just being present to one another . . . whether it’s two people getting together, whether it’s ten people getting together . . . there is a sense in our bodies that we’re really just here for one another and that we can hold whatever it is that arises in that moment. . . . We are meant to be interdependent through our entire lives.” Bonnie Badenoch […]

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