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Cultivating Presence
1 year, 4 months 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
2 years, 4 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
2 years, 5 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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The Power of Presence Practice
2 years, 9 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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Being Present to Yourself and Others
2 years, 10 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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Creating
3 years, 10 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, 11 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

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
4 years, 1 month 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
4 years, 2 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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