today was the first day

I’m making myself available online to facilitate “bodyfulness” – I will be available 15 hours per week. M-F 9-10, 12-1, and 6:30-7:30 pacific. If you could use a guided practice of making the feeling state of the body the focus of attention for a few breaths, I’m there to give the cueing, as well as provide some context for why deep, intentional breath is so beneficial to the body. And also the mind (getting out of it for a moment or two). And also, to the flow of life itself.

This is a practice for me, and so it is a shared practice in the online space because I have 3 basic beliefs: 1) our bodies are on our side; 2) every body is different (and we have to learn the language of our own body) and 3) healing happens in relationship. So it is at once very personal and intimate, and also universal and shared.

I’m not sure how it will work, but I am super curious. I think 75% of the participation will be for under 10 minutes, sortof a guided body-based meditation with the context of trusting the body and relaxing into it as the chief activity. But the conversation about the context wherein relaxing into our bodies starts to sort out our minds and lives may be interesting and so some people might come to have that discussion. I’m betting the most interesting session of the week will be right after the Paul Selig livestream on Wednesday nights. That stuff is powerful, and I will still be floating when the Bodyfulness session starts 15 minutes later. But I’ll also be referencing authors and practices that support this present-moment-attentive way of approaching the world. So you could spend 5 minutes a week with me, or 3 hours per day – although i’m pretty sure that’d get old pretty quick…

It’s a big experiment. I realized, “More than anything else, I want to talk about Life Itself moving through us and that we are far more in sync than we can imagine” and share the practices that support me – because without the body-care practices I have, I get into my mind and I buy into all my stories and I feel somewhat terrible.  Then my body releases the hormones and chemicals that make me sick. So, yeah, I want to be engaged in body and presence and evolution as many hours of the day as I can. Maybe it will be a good touchstone for people like me who struggle with control and over-thinking. Maybe it won’t and I’m no worse off for trying. But if it connects and uplifts, I would love for something like this to be my path forward in life…

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