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Grief, Regret, Pain and the Velveteen Rabbit.

Today I had a great conversation with my friend and colleague Clare Maxwell. She is doing movement coaching on a fantastic BAM experiential theater exploring beliefs and emotions of Black life in America.  Our conversation was an inquiry into  how a white person could grieve black people being killed by police. It was a good conversation and it brought me to a real difficulty we all encounter in grief. It's...

Dealing with the Difficult Emotions of Loss and Grief – A Somatic Embodiment Approach

Some experiences in life are just awful and we are left with feelings of sadness, dismay, anger or complete overwhelm. No one wants to feel these feelings yet they are part of life. So, how do we experience them without becoming totally engulfed by them? You have to realize feelings are passing states: Biologically, chemistry creates feelings. Hormones and neurotransmitters,...

Embodiment for recovery from grief and loss.

Embodiment is key for recovery from grief and loss. Some experiences in life are just awful and we are left with feelings of sadness, dismay, anger or complete overwhelm. No one wants to feel these feelings yet they are part of life. So, how do we experience them without becoming totally engulfed by them? Recovery from grief and loss means...

Like the Cold And Sparse Beauty Of Winter, There is Also A Beauty In Grief And Loss.

So much has changed this year. I know many of you grieve the loss of physical closeness with friends, the simple luxury of sitting in a coffee shop or browsing through the supermarket. Like me, some of you have lost people incredibly dear to you. Others have lost livelihood. Collectively, we suddenly have come face to face with loss and...

Finding Space in the Midst of Grief

Approaching grief is anchoring me in the here and now with all its paradoxes. Currently, grief is like a rock in the pit of my stomach. It is dense, hard, and immovable as it sits heavily. My tears wear away at this rock. My tears, the flow of my own water -especially the salt water -will perhaps, over time, wear this...

What Embodiment Offers People with HSP

If you are often  overwhelmed with thoughts, sensations or emotions, or feel like life is rushing at you,  you might be a highly sensitive person (HSP). If that is the case,  developing your embodiment (also called interoception) can help you stay calm and relaxed no matter how high your sensitivity level. What is interoception? Interoception is a lesser-known sense that helps...

COVID-19: Feeling Regulated and Finding Action in Despair

I have been thinking a lot about how our country and many of our lives feel so discordant or just strangely different. The covid lock down was so sudden and unexpected. We lost the steadiness of predictability and access to many of the usual ways we stay relaxed. That is certainly what some of this intensity about reopening is; people...

Embodied Inner Ecology

Just as we live in an ecological community made up of the unity and diversity of trees, plants, stones, bodies of water, animals etc..our bodies are a kind of unified ecological community. There is a "me" but there are also the parts of the whole that have their own consciousnesses.  But how often do we really get to experience that the consciousness of the...

Why I use Somatic Movement as a Yoga Therapist

I use somatic movement for yoga therapy. I use somatic movement as a yoga therapist because it is so effective.Most Yoga therapists I know face all types of challenges from clients. Chronic pain, incomplete recovery from surgery, problems due to disease and high levels of stress keep rising. Many clients can’t even do the most basic yoga without exacerbating symptoms....