January 22, 2020

The feinting kind anyway. 

We’ve all seen the videos of the poor creatures who start to run away and suddenly freeze, topple over and lay there stiff and paralyzed for a moment.  

Well there’s a version of that which occurs to many people every day, a product of overwhelm that causes a much more subtle effect, and mainly on the emotional body, but which can be very disorienting and ungrounding. It’s a toppling over of one’s tolerance for input, and a momentary necessity to hit the pause button.

I’ve been studying about trauma for the past year, and with more intensity for the past 6 weeks or so.  In February 2020 I will be entering into a new breathwork training that also incorporates a system for releasing trauma from the tissues in the body. This work is something very close to my heart because I have seen so many people through my years of work in a one on one setting, whose systems are on constant overload due to the buildup of intense, unprocessed emotional overload. I observe t...

August 21, 2017

Living near the ocean in Maine for over a decade, one may discover that there is a whole other rhythm to keep track of. For many years, my mind kept a quiet corner of awareness reserved for what the tide was doing.  “Is it too high to take the dog?”  Or, “the tide’s out, let’s go look for cool treasures!”  The slow filling and emptying always seemed like an obvious metaphor for breath, but I found that once I started looking, those metaphors were not very hard to find.  Yes, anything that expands and contracts and naturally falls into rhythm, anything that flows life in this nature is metaphor potential. But I have discovered one simple philosophy about breath which really seems to nail it for me: You live like you breathe, and you breathe like you live.

This is where you may stop and consider how you are breathing. Right now.  But also, how do you breathe all the time when you’re not paying attention? And how likely are you to yell at yourself about it? The most peculiar...

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