Regular Posts Tagged : ‘somatic movement therapy’
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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Sudoku for your Body
2 years, 3 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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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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Being Present to Yourself and Others
2 years, 7 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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Naming the Feeling, Claiming the Sensation, Finding the Meaning.
3 years, 5 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
3 years, 6 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, 7 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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