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I come from the perspective that we are whole and complete as we are.  The cause of our suffering is not some fundamental flaw in ourselves or even the difficult emotions or situations that arise but rather the fact that we have not learned how to welcome them as they are.  Refusing “what is” creates conflict, causing us to feel tension and stress in our bodies and minds. As a form of self-protection we have been conditioned to repress what we can’t face, causing us to cut ourselves off from feeling and all that we need to live an authentic life.

My intention is to help you to connect to this understanding experientially, by bridging the gap between what your mind is thinking and what your body is feeling.  This inquiry leads to an increased capacity to tolerate whatever is arising, without trying to fix it.  Rather than being swept away by our emotions, we learn how to better and more appropriately respond to them.

With a sharp curiosity and a willingness to meet and welcome emotions and experiences as they are, we begin to build a greater intimacy with ourselves and move towards a life of greater ease and authenticity.

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Freedom

I want to share a lovely poem that was written by one of my dear clients after we had been working together for about 8 months.  It is a beautiful articulation of the freedom we can feel once we connect to ourselves and drop into our bodies and, in my clients words, ..”get acquainted with all of the deep, unexplored places.”

Here it is….

Freedom like emerging from a dark cage

Years of captivity

Into the bright sunshine and fresh air.

Sudden tingle up the back of the neck

Exposed

Urge to bolt, rabbit run back toward the dark underground

Safety.

Essence left behind in blind panic

Vulnerable

How can this be called freedom?

Is this safety?

Emerge again from the cramped spaces

Unfold, claim the light.

Freedom the ground below

Freedom a banner

Unfurls overhead.

Drink the clear sunlight

Breathe the bright water

Prisms’ incandescence

Joins freedom upwelling

From deep unexplored places.

Walk into the waves

Stand

As ocean currents

Meet the rising tide of freedom

Brave dive deep into

Known and unknown.

Rooted and flowing

Upright and released

Calm and strong

Free.

I asked her to explain to me what feeling this freedom has given to her moment to moment.  And she responded by saying…”When I feel this in the world, I’m stronger able to take the currents of life as they hit me.  Standing up.”

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