May 25, 2017
When our sense of well-being is compromised with stress, negativity, and fear, our bodies become contracted and energetically out of alignment. This contraction and misalignment affects us physically, mentally, and emotionally.
“Rest is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be. Rest is not stasis but the essence of giving and receiving. Rest is an act of remembering, imaginatively and intellectually, but also physiologically and physically. To rest is to become present in a different way than through action, and especially to give up on the will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals.” ~ David Whyte
Many of us have experienced early stress that sets us up for painful personal and relationship patterns.
As small children, when we are not safe, or put into a stressful situation or feeling helpless, our nervous system goes into a protective response.
Our stress response initially points us towards fight or flee. This can’t happen successfully for many children, so we go into shutdown, also known as freeze, which numbs the body – nature’s way of protecting you from feeling terrible pain.
Our shutdown response happens because as small children, we can’t voice our frustration with words and tell our parents how we feel – nor can we flee the scene. This physiology saves us from feeling terrible distress, but only ingrains deep patterns in the nervous system that in times of stress, the best thing to do is to shut down. This is a feeling of helplessness.
We need to learn how to listen to our body and learn our stress response – then we can begin to soothe ourselves in our daily lives and within our relationships.
From the time that we are babies, poor patterns of nervous system dysregulation begin. Our embodiment, nervous system regulation – and emotions come from our body responses – from the neck down and the hips up.
Nervous system dysregulation patterns typically don’t just happen once. It’s something that infuses our lives over time. This constant high energy fight/flight survival energy, followed by shutdown means that the body will get real good at pumping out the stress chemical cortisol.
Cortisol when secreted excessively, wreaks havoc on the body’s cells and organs. It weakens the immune system, promotes inflammation and is toxic to the brain – just to name a few adverse effects.
This cycle of high stress, shutdown (freeze) and secretion of excess stress chemicals puts massive strain on our body and contributes to chronic illnesses that happen later in life.
Early low level chronic stress sucks the life energy out of us. It leaves us frayed with little to no reserve for wound healing, self-confidence and vitality.
Many of us are living in survival mode and looking for relief.
If the early nervous system foundations weren’t built well and have a limited capacity for intensity, a person must first work on building up this internal capacity. When this occurs, they can then process the fight, flight and freeze survival instincts, without going into more overwhelm, or shutdown.
Together, we will build the groundwork within your body to increase your capacity to sense and feel in your body. Then, we can begin to actively release old emotions and sensations in your body – with time, focus and attention.
Gain somatic, body-focused knowledge and learn the practices that can help you release emotional and physical pain from within your body.
Learn about your:
Stress-Feedback Loop Patterns &
Unresolved Stress Level Physiology/Energy
As you become more attuned with your body, you will feel more emotionally whole, and your health and vitality will naturally improve.
When we can unburden ourselves of unresolved traumas, energy that is holding the past at bay becomes available for celebrating daily life. Restored feeling enlivens our sensation and cleanses the filters of our perception.
Nourish your body with somatic, soul-centered practices and open to the power of your body-intuition as you learn to:
- Shine awareness on the unconscious, habituated defenses that block aliveness
- Bring healing to the wounds within the body, psyche, and soul
- Work with a life transforming map for knowing yourself and understanding your body, emotions and physical pain
This work aligns your personal growth with somatic, soul-centered practices and opens to the power of the combination of your heart and gut, compassion and intuition.
When we can fully feel our feelings in each moment, without brushing them away or dismissing them in some way, we notice a deeper connection with ourselves and others. Love manifests as a palpable warmth and excitement when it is grounded in the heart and body.
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Presence Through Movement – Monthly Classes – Fourth Monday of the Month – October 23rd – 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Presence Through Movement is a way to step more fully into the expression of your authentic self—that is, who you are in your essence. In this practice, we use the vehicle of the physical form as a gateway to aligning body, mind, and soul with the one consciousness or spirit which we are all a part of.
Life Stories – An 8-Week Writing Workshop for People with Stories in Their Hearts.
Weekly sessions – 8 Monday evenings, 7 – 9:30pm
October 16 / October 23 / November 6 / November 13 / November 20 / December 4 / December 11 / December 18
In this class, participants will delve into their own life stories with the help of our memoir writing prompts, distributed in class and packed with inspiration including a theme to write about, a handful of creative exercises and a writing tip. Participants will write at home and then gather and share their pieces with supportive feedback, laughter and yummy snacks. Beginner and seasoned students very welcome.
“A Year to Live” – An 8-Month Book Series Workshop.
Sunday, October 22nd
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
“If you are willing to do for a year what others won’t, you can live for the rest of your life the way others can’t. “ ~ anonymous
One Sunday a month | 3-4:15pm | October 2017 – May 2018
Dates: October 22, November 19, December 17, January 14, February 18, March 18, April 29, May 27
What would you do if you found out you only have a year to live? What changes would you make? What relationships would you heal? What adventures have you been putting off?
Cost: $150 for the series. Pre-registration required. Please purchase the book before the course begins (A Year to Live by Stephen Levine)
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