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What is our pain telling us?

What is our pain telling us?

Connect To The Heart
"Good medicine is very much like good gardening. Imagine you have a tree you love. One day you notice its leaves have turned brown. They will, you understand, soon whither and fall off. Imagine now that you call an expert who, after close examination of the leaves, recommends that you paint them green and attach them back to their branches so the tree can at least appear to be healthy. Everyone would agree that’s crazy. If you want to get your tree truly healthy, you can’t just cover up the problem. You need to get to the root of it. And just like Fermin used to say, the problem is most likely in the roots.” Alejandro Junger, M.D. Our health is a function of the interrelationship between many factors including our…
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Your Best Self

Your Best Self

Connect To The Heart, Tools and Techniques
I walked into a room filled with about 20 people of different genders, ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. I was there to hold space for a conversation on dying, death and grief. I've gotten used to dealing with whatever may come up because each time I hold these conversations it is different. Yet, the same. People participate in the conversation when you hold space for it. They share their losses, their grief, their regrets. They share a deep part of themselves and are sometimes surprised to do so. Some sit back and listen and ponder. Some argue and reject the ideas or perspective. Some shed tears. Regret has been a theme that has come up this past month in particular with clients and in groups. What is a regret? Why do…
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How much is too much? Take up some space!

How much is too much? Take up some space!

Connect To The Heart, Energy - Sound, Touch and Smells, Tools and Techniques
  Space. The idea of space has been on my mind lately. Perhaps because I have lived with an architect in my past, have friends who are designers and architects, or maybe simply because I am aware of my own body and the world around me but I have had many conversations about space. Creating space. Taking up space. Configuring space. Needing space. It comes up in therapy sessions with clients - those that feel they take up too much space in an effort to get the attention they so desire and those that take up too little space in an effort to be invisible. Collapsing. Expanding. Being. It comes up in my own life as I am trying to configure my time and space to meet all the demands…
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Kiss of the Porcupine: The Relationship Dance

Kiss of the Porcupine: The Relationship Dance

Connect To The Heart, Natural Rhythms (Life, Death and Rebirth)
After many conversations, I realize most of us have had horrible relationship role models. And so it probably isn't surprising that we have our own issues in managing healthy relationships in adulthood. Divorce is on the rise and it seems like everyone is experimenting with non-traditional relationships paradigms. Is it because monogamy doesn't work? Or because we don't know how to thrive in relationship? I'm often reminded by girlfriends, now in our 40s, who are managing divorce and separation and new relationships that the checklist that we consider at 20 is definitely not the same at 40. At 20 we are still discovery our capability, our bandwidth, our values. At 40, we know we can take care of our self, we can handle anything life throws at us (because we have…
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Modalities to Support Healing on Many Layers

Modalities to Support Healing on Many Layers

Energy - Sound, Touch and Smells, Tools and Techniques
There is this moment when the fog lifts. I'm not sure what has happened exactly but something has shifted. I have clarity in thought. Things are... crisper. I consider for a moment was has happened. I was on the table and she was very gently lengthening my spine. The pressure seemed insignificant. And yet, there was a moment when something shifted and energy flowed more effortlessly. This is but one example of why I practice and study craniosacral therapy. It works. It's effective and gentle. What I have noticed with many clients who are seeking therapy, is that over time our experiences are stored in our bodies. We are unable to process them at the time (for many reasons) and so they get "stuck" and stored. Sometimes it is minute…
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