Regular Posts Tagged : ‘compassion’
Cultivating Presence
1 year, 1 month 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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3 Ring Circuit * Viscera
2 years 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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Being Embodied: a both/and, non-dualistic approach to living
2 years, 2 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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EMDR and Trauma
2 years, 4 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
2 years, 5 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
2 years, 6 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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Attachment Relationships
2 years, 9 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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What to do when nothing is going right. Three steps to being with yourself
6 years, 2 months ago Comments Off on What to do when nothing is going right. Three steps to being with yourself

“What is this Karma!” a client cried out last week. “I have suffered enough, Life is supposed to get better. It should be onto the good stuff by now, what is this karma?“ When our world seems to be falling apart and uncomfortable, it is hard to recognize or accept that this is when we are growing and changing. What ever you would like to work on, consciously or unconsciously – the universe will send you opportunities to practice. Sometimes […]

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