Sound therapist Geoff Lamden shares this guided meditation and sound from his didgeridoo.…
Recently I had a health appointment where the same issue came up yet again. This thing that we had been working on for years came into focus once again. This ‘problem’ that I thought I had moved beyond was showing it’s face again. Somewhat exasperatingly, I questioned, “What can I do at home to help move beyond this?” Expecting a list of herbs, exercises, or dietary changes to be the practitioner’s response, I was surprised to have the advice be this: “Learn to sit in the uncomfortable.”…
“Music is the silence between notes,” said French composer Claude Debussy. As people, we need to sleep, and we need to be active. We have to do things, but we also need silence while we are awake. It’s the way that we center and ground ourselves. It is how we reset our minds. Can we know what/who we are if we don’t know what it is like to be?
Be-ing is only available in peace (of the mind and body). Humans naturally crave peace and quiet, yet it’s not familiar to us anymore. If you don’t know what you are missing, you don’t know what to look for. It’s important to delve deep into grounding and centering…to reclaim that sense of self that comes from direct experience.
Have you ever stared into a fire and gotten lost in the glow? Where was your mind? Where were all of your thoughts? They weren’t focused or unfocused. You were grounded. You were connected. You had become cohesive and intuitive.
Meditation is synonymous with silence. Going into full meditative mind for more than a few minutes can feel as restorative at a full night’s rest. Meditation is a (passive) exercise in allowing…
I was floating in a cloud of energetic bliss after a session with Erica. It’s a lovely feeling to be in that space. Afterward, sometimes I need to rest, sometimes I need to process and journal, other times I need to just go outside.
On this particular day, I grabbed my jacket and welcomed the fresh air onto my skin and into my lungs. My feet carried the rest of me down the sidewalk, heading nowhere in particular. As I moseyed along, the scent of spring’s blooms swirled into my nose grabbing my attention.…
If you think back on your week, what were your experiences with touch? Maybe you hugged someone you love, gave your son or daughter a high-five or pat on the back for a good grade, maybe you placed your hand on someone’s shoulder while they grieved or dealt with a difficult situation, or shook hands after a work meeting. Maybe you didn’t really touch anyone at all.…
At some point in our lives we have experienced the joys of being outside. Whether it be an outside BBQ or a brisk hike in the woods, spending time outside leaves us feeling better in a number of ways. As a person who spends most of his life outside, I have seen and experienced Nature improving my life daily. Here is a (very) brief list of some specific benefits I have noticed.
1. Your ego drops away.
Bills, drama, worries, anxiety, self doubt, you know all that normal brain activity, it tends to revolve around one person: YOU. This ego based thinking keeps US at the center of the universe. Everything we do and see in life is based on ME.
However, when we develop a relationship with the wild things, we realize that we are not the center of the universe. That no matter what we do or what we think, Nature continues on. Long before we got here and long after we will be gone, Nature will continue to be.
This concept might make you feel uneasy. That’s ok. That’s just your ego being upset. This shift from an EGO-centric viewpoint to an ECO-centric viewpoint allows us to …
Getting real. Getting real with myself.
That is what a year of ‘shit hits the fan’ will do to a person.
When the very thing that you have spent a lifetime working not to see or to feel stares you right in the eyes…. It gets real. Real quick.
What do I do with REAL?
Avoid? Distract? Numb? Feel?
Breathe. Just keep breathing.
When faced with the kind of fear or grief that feels like it is going to swallow you up… just keep breathing.
When the pain is so intense that you fear getting lost in it, never to be found again… just keep breathing.
Your breath not only sustains you physically, but it has the capacity to hold you mentally and emotionally. It binds you to yourself. It keeps you in the present moment and draws you into your body.
When we encounter strong emotions it is easy to run… even from ourselves. We run from the strong ‘feels’ of it all. We disembody. Our breath is that ever-present anchor that is there to be turned toward again and again, drawing us back into our body, into the moment at hand, and into our life.
I often remind …
I’ve been contemplating my inner child and the emotions that arise from her lately. I hold the belief that emotions should be acknowledged, felt and processed, however, a recent encounter with a friend revealed a different perspective.
“What have you been studying lately?” he asked.
“I was just journaling about my inner child,” I replied, “and how she should be acknowledged when emotions arise from her.”
He thought for a moment and responded, “I see where you’re coming from, but I think emotions are delusions. They hold us back and are products of expectation. Depending on the extent to which our expectations are fulfilled, an emotion is felt.”
He is discrediting what makes us human, I thought. Does he not feel? I let what he said soak in and replied, “What about joy, excitement and awe?”
He said, “Those are also a product of expectation.”
I thought about this. “How our expectations are met cause us to feel certain emotions, but is this wrong? To expect? What about desire? And will?”
He responded, “I think they hold us back. They are delusions, attachments we cling to that prevent us from growing and moving on.”
As we parted ways, I said, …
Mike Cohen, mediation coach, Enneagram coach and friend of ours here at Continuum Healing, will teach Using the Enneagram in Relationships in Michigan April 3. If you’ve attended Micah’s workshops (or not), this class will be a great opportunity to learn how to put it to use in your personal relationships and shift from conflict to connection. Here’s a story Mike shared about how the Enneagram helped this couple.…
A radical act of self-love doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune on yourself or masking pain with fun distractions. It can just be a willingness to check the intent of your loving action at the door to make sure its purpose is to truly nourish your soul.
There are quite a few actions that I categorize under self-love, such as relaxation, choosing foods that nourish you, respecting yourself and your intuition, etc. But what is considered self-love can sometimes blur the lines with our defense/coping mechanisms. …