Hello Embodied Wise Ones –
Here is how my Thursdays often unfold…
I teach a two hour yoga and meditation class to male inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex for the non-profit organization, Yoga Behind Bars. Some of these men have been incarcerated for many years yet they are seeking freedom inside themselves. Then in the afternoon I teach two hour long Resiliency Sessions to an older couple at their home in Seattle. They are keen on finding ways to age with grace, presence and resilience. This is followed by a Gentle Yoga class open to the general public at a local studio, Seattle Yoga Arts. These folks are tending to themselves with gentleness and compassion in honoring their embodied journey. These three offerings may seem varying and completely divergent and in some ways they are. Yet in some ways they are simply aspects along a continuum. Each person I work with has a body and can learn to access its inherent wisdom. And I am dedicated to supporting this recovery and discovery in each person and in our culture as a whole.
The way I offer the practices, the choices I make in my language and my presentation, change to honor and reflect the context in which they are offered and the beings I am with. Yet, they have the same intrinsic purpose. My mission is to guide and support each person in finding ways in which they can inhabit their body with more respect and ease, gaining more ability to access and listen to the body’s full spectrum of wisdom.
This wisdom is sometimes hard won. I, for one, didn’t necessarily come by it easily. We are not taught to listen to our body in our culture. Most often we are taught to dismiss, objectify, diminish and judge…our own and others bodies. We are taught to consider the body from the outside rather than learn to listen from the inside. I learned all these lessons quite well and they were driven more deeply in with certain life events and stressors. It has taken me years to unpack and rediscover the power and insight my body holds and to find the willingness to listen and follow its lead. It has required a dedication to honoring and healing the psycho-physcial injuries I carry. My experience of reclaiming my body and its astuteness has been remarkably transformative on levels of my life. I am so much more able to hold the terrible beauty of life and ride the waves of challenge and joy with more grace.
This is why I am so passionate about serving my corner of the world. We need this learning, this deeper way of knowing to help us heal and find our ability to be present for our Self and for others. And the remarkable thing is that many of the practices are deceptively simple (although not always easy). All my offerings incorporate some of these ways of being so that anyone I support in my work receives some of this guidance. And my private sessions are the deepest and most directly personal ways to dive into this body of insight that you carry. I would love to work with you, in person or via online conference.
How would you like to change the way you listen to your body? What wisdom do you suspect your body might hold? What practices support you in being more present in the world?
I would love to hear from you.
You are the Wise One you have been for.
- Come in for a Resiliency Session. Learn some simple and powerful practices to come into the here and now and access more of your wisdom and presence.
- Try some of these simple ways to settle a little more into the here and now and give you a little piece of ground from which to meet the worry and/or sorrow you might be experiencing…
- Lie belly to belly with the earth. Lie on a firm surface and if the weather permits directly on the earthy ground. Stay for 3-10 minutes feeling and receiving the contact.
- Wherever you may be sitting or standing, take a few minutes to feel your body in relationship to the support underneath you. Rest into the weight of you and the ground and/or chair you are on.
- Stand and gently shake and jostle your body around. Bounce your legs and arms, your torso and head. Do this for 2-3 minutes and then stand still and notice what you feel in your body.
- Take some time to look around you and notice what is in your world right now. Notice colors, shapes, light and shadow. take notice of anything that lightens you, makes you smile or happy. Sit with that in your vision for a few moments enjoying the pleasant sensations.
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Saint Francis and the Sow
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing;
as Saint Francis
put his hand on the creased forehead
of the sow, and told her in words and in touch
blessings of earth on the sow, and the sow
began remembering all down her thick length,
from the earthen snout all the way
through the fodder and slops to the spiritual curl of the tail,
from the hard spininess spiked out from the spine
down through the great broken heart
to the sheer blue milken dreaminess spurting and shuddering
from the fourteen teats into the fourteen mouths sucking and blowing beneath them:
the long, perfect loveliness of sow.”
~ Galway Kinnell