Donna Brooks is a somatic movement educator and therapist, Yogi, and embodied meditator who has 35 years of experience teaching, counseling and coaching in movement and the healing arts.

Simple Sanity in Times of Chaos

As many of you know, I have had so much change, adversity and chaos in these last 18 months that if I were to take a stress inventory I would be off the Richter scale!

Since Covid began (as if that hasn’t been stressful enough), I lost my son, I got married, my ex husband died suddenly, and I moved both my home and office. I also am revamping my website and working with a marketing coach. It’s a lot.

So, people ask me: How are you staying sane? Well, I decided to share the 3 most important things I have been doing to keep sane in these times of Chaos.

Get into nature.

Nature changes the setting on my body. It’s immediately grounding and comforting. However, how it’s done makes the difference. I like the forest bathing approach. Rather than just walking or hiking, I try to immerse myself in my surroundings by opening my senses. This time of year in the northeast is great for that; you can hear the wind rustle dry leaves, feel cool air on your skin and hear the crunch of acorns underfoot. The act of opening my senses helps me feel my body and let go of my mind. Ideas come to me. And insight as well but the droning nature of my mind disappears.

Try an embodied approach to meditation.

I finally found a pathway into sitting stillness that released all my struggle with mediation. It’s a shift that really resonates with my approach to embodiment with movement. Very simply, I practice feeling internal space or distance that is contained by the walls of my body. This simple shift has helped me stay grounded when mediating and helps me carry the calm of mediation into my ordinary life.

Continue to Learn.

I recently bought a course on pain relief given by an Australian physiotherapist. Why, when I am so busy? Well, I wanted to see if there were cultural differences or differences in information when treating or experiencing pain. Sometimes just getting even a slightly different perspective enriches my work. But, this act of learning also keeps me on track with my life’s purpose. I stay connected to my values and my own embodiment practices.

What are these practices, really?

All of these practices create feelings of safety and contentment. Really, we can only navigate the difficulties we face if we feel some ground. If we feel some support and if we can let go of some anxiety. This feeling is the essence of embodiment. Here is a quick video to help you feel ground and alleviate anxiety.

Some say the definition of  embodiment can be confusing. That is because it really is an experience not an idea. If you want to stay sane, alleviate anxiety and feel calm through the emotional difficulties of covid, loss or grief please contact me. I offer a free 20 minute 5 point whole body -mind assessment so we can see if we would work well together