How do we create safe space for our bodies? I don’t mean staying away from angry wasps or wearing a seatbelt! I mean how do we give our bodies the sense of safety that allows us to relax? To let go of the stress response that keeps us ready for danger or ready to run. How do we allow our bodies to be at peace?
So many of us walk around in a perpetual state of stress and readiness, with fight or flight hormones coursing through our veins, muscles chronically tense, sympathetic nervous system on alert. (more…)
So many people seem to be stressed about making choices these days. Whether it is a major life change or decision – health issues or decisions about treatments, divorce or separation, career changes or simply the myriad of lifestyle choices we face on a daily basis – it is so common to feel un-settled and stressed and keep second guessing ourselves.
When we make a choice, we want to feel a sense of peace and resolution. But that’s not always easy! And the more distant or dis-connected we feel from our intuition and inner guidance the harder it is to be relaxed and at peace with our choices. Connecting with our deepest inner selves is often hardest at the times when we need it most. (more…)
What do imagery and meditation have to do with dogs? I share my home and my office with 2 wonderful large dogs, who as I write this are lying in front of the woodstove, basking in the warmth and feeling safe and content. But I also have an inner dog, who lives deep in my brain, in that ancient mysterious part of the nervous system that we humans share with all mammals.
My inner dog has a lot in common with my two relaxed friends; it is protective of me and it wants me to be safe and happy. It can go from tail-wagging pleasure to a growl in a nanosecond. And it can’t tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined – whether a dangerous intruder is ringing my doorbell, or the ring is happening in the movie playing on my TV. (more…)