Stillness and Movement
We need both. Without stillness, we are unaware, unconscious, and there’s no reflection of life. When we avoid and resist movement, stagnation, clutter, repetition, and decay dominate.
Do you have a hard time being still or trying to meditate?
Stillness and spaciousness happen when we slow down our mental, emotional, and physical bodies. This can be uncomfortable and even scary for people who have trauma and wounding. Especially those who use movement as a way of avoiding physical and emotional sensations. Slowing down can be overwhelming for people with PTSD.
If you suffer with PTSD or feel overwhelmed when slowing down, meditation should be supported with a therapist or practioner who can help you titrate and gently ease into the stillness while integrating the trauma.
A safe and healthy way for tuning into stillness is by beginning to notice what’s happening in our body.
Check out some of the videos and audio meditations below. The process is called a “bottom up” approach, and it’s a gentle way to develop stillness.
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Do you feel stuck in your life, whether it be work, relationships, or just a lack of motivation?
Trauma and wounding can cause us to freeze parts of ourselves in an effort to secure our most vulnerable parts. This process is an intelligent act of our nervous system, but it can be challenging to reengage in life when we’re ready.
Movement practices, when done in a safe and gentle way, can help us to unlock those frozen parts and get the energy back in a state of flow.
Inclusion is essential in movement. If we’re afraid, we aren’t trying to get rid of the fear. We want to hold it and be able to be with it fully. Sometimes that takes gentle titration and literally sticking our toe ever so slightly into the water a little bit at a time.
Watch some of the videos below for ideas on how you can add movement to your daily life and create energetic flow in your body.
Having support is extremely beneficial for being able to breathe life into our unconscious and resistant parts.
Book a session for more support and relational coregulation.
Mindfulness and Meditation Videos
Movement and Embodiment Videos
Steps for Feeling Sensations and Emotions:
- Ground yourself by feeling your body. Feel your feet touching the floor, your belly, your shoulders, and your head.
- Become aware of your awareness or observer, and that you are here now.
- Specify what you are feeling by focusing on one sensation only.
- Gently observe the feeling or emotion. Don’t force anything. Notice its qualities. Don’t try to change it.
- Notice where in your body the sensation occurs.
- Remain the non judgemental witness. There are no rights or wrongs.
- If you like, you can follow your awareness deeper into the feeling.
- If you feel overwhelmed, step back and feel your feet on the ground and rub your fingers together.
- Stay with this process as long as you remain curious and give it all your attention.
- Allow your body to experience and release any energy as needed through movement, sighing, crying, laughing, or anything that you feel comfortable allowing.
Go gently and slowly with inclusion and kindness. This is a process of developing a feeling muscle. It takes time. Your body knows what to do. Ask for support if you feel overwhelmed. This is a natural process that knows the way when we allow it to flow. Much love and support on your journey.
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