I am currently in the midst of being trained in a profoundly beautiful trauma therapy modality called Somatic Experiencing. I’m just coming off of the first 4-day weekend intensive of my intermediate year of training, and I am struck by the simplicity, depth, and effectiveness of this work in healing traumas of all kinds. I am drawn to share my knowledge of this work so far, as it holds the potential to be transformational for all of us.
I noticed recently that I have been experiencing a lot of emotional ups and downs. I will be feeling happy and positive, and then something will shift and I’ll start feeling irritated, down about myself, and generally in a bad mood! And it’s so annoying! But it gets worse. I find myself getting stuck in these negative states, then getting mad at myself for being in a bad mood, and then trying to force myself out of the mad mood and failing. It’s a downward spiral. I’ve started to investigate further into this pattern, and discovered a deeper theme: resistance versus ease.
One of my favorite quotes is by author Elizabeth Gilbert. She says, “Your fear is the most boring thing about you. […] Because fear only says one thing and that one thing is ‘STOP’”.
At first, this may seem harsh. Especially if you are a sensitive person, as I am, this can feel like an un-empathetic attack on what we are going through and how hard it is. “But my life is hard and my fear is real!” – we might exclaim internally. Right?! I totally get that. However, what this quote is highlighting is so vital to living life fully that it is worth telling our defensive inner voices to be quiet for a minute so we can explore this deeper.
In a recent session with my business coach, I worked on getting clear on the guiding values of my business. I began to list the most important aspects of my work and my practice: being present with clients, seeing and hearing each client for who they are, teaching mindfulness, connecting with body, fostering healing and inspiring growth. As I spoke about the key parts of my work, we began to recognize themes and it amazed me that we were able to categorize every topic under three main values: Mindfulness, Embodiment, and All Life. In this post I want to share about the principal of Valuing All Life, and how embodying this value on its own can be a way toward deep healing and acceptance.
Right now in our world, we are now more than ever in need of radical revolution. Whatever your race, gender, socioeconomic status, nationality, or geographical location, it is clear that there is a worldwide call for change from across all peoples. Our world is wracked with war, violence, poverty, hunger, injustice – our planet is going through mass extinctions, deforestation, rising sea levels, unseen levels of pollution and smog, depletion of natural resources --- the list goes on.
However, as Albert Einstein famously said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
What does this mean?
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