Embodied listening supports your wellbeing
According to Stephen Porges, a neuroscientist researcher of human social engagement and interaction, our culture doesn’t support us to listen to each other in the way we were designed to do.
Often life’s adverse experiences can get held in the body preventing it from functioning in its full healthy capacity. When the body has had to cope with long term stress or illness, shock or trauma, the body sometimes loses its ability to rebalance and regulate itself, getting stuck in unhealthy physical and behavioural patterns as a result.
What helps us adapt to difficulties?
Consider what might support you during tough times. A mindful breathing practice can help.
The peace of wild things
“I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet Around me like circles on water. My tasks lie in their places Where I left them, asleep like cattle. Then what I am […]
Social isolation affects us all
Social isolation affects us all, albeit in different ways. Dobzhansky (1962) said that “the fittest may also be the gentlest, because survival often requires mutual help and co-operation.” This speaks to how we can support […]
Guided meditation: Beginning with the breath
A guided audio meditation Short guided meditation using the breath to reduce stress and anxiety
Being in nature
Being in nature can support our health
Fear, trust and hope. What we learned through The Power of Story
“Each generation has a sacred task, To tell a better story than it was told” Poet Damian Gorman In our recent online event The Power of Story, Molly Sturges asked, “How can I be a […]
Writing as a harbinger of wellness
From a young age, writing has bridged my relationship between myself and the world around me. I cannot remember exactly when I decided to become a journalist. I would say it was in my teens […]
Fear or Excitement?
This has been a year of upheaval, change and uncertainty. There certainly isreason to be afraid and worried about what the future will hold. At the same time, I think it is worth asking ourselves, […]
Start the day by connecting to nature
When faced with difficult times, support yourself by starting the day in nature
Free the Flow
When I reflect upon the concept of climate change, I often feel fear. How is flow related to something so large and so hard to lean into and face? Climate change isn’t a subtle share. […]
Stories give wings to science: Evidence of the power of story in healthcare
I have never met Natoma Canfield, but I am unlikely to forget her story. Natoma is a woman with cancer who had dutifully paid her health insurance premiums over the years she was healthy but […]
Listen for what’s not said
Working with high risk populations that have survived intergenerational trauma taught me to answer the question behind the question, understand the intention behind the mal-adaptive behavior, and give voice to the inner hurt, years of […]
Gifts of the harvest
What gifts have we been given? Often they appear in disguise.
The Power of Story
Stories have a way of penetrating our psyche, offering us a reawakening or reimagining of ourselves. A story from ancient mythology, a folk tale, or a story in the latest film can resonate within. How often do you have the chance to feel your way through a story and offer it a place within your being?
What Does It Mean To Be Well? My Recent Story
Being well means something different for each of us, for our family, and for our society and at different times.
I lost my hair to alopecia a few years ago. I used to have long, thick, silky, brown hair, with a few greying streaks. I was devastated when it all fell out, but there was little I could do.
I chose not to wear a wig. I hate having things on my head. For me, it also felt false, a fake version of myself. And yet, I hated being seen without hair.
Thinking back over the last four years, I see now that I withdrew inward and stopped going out.
Social engagement in times of social isolation
How can we find meaningful connection despite being physically separate?
Connecting with nature to support our wellbeing
Can the rose love me in the same way I love the rose? Is the natural world animated with soul I often wonder? I certainly have experiences of love in my garden. I also have […]
How can you be better supported in a pandemic situation?
Can we look to the origins of what it means to be well as a response to the current situation? Is it enough to be resilient, or is there more? The Lancet recently described the […]
Meditation to tune into the fluid rhythms of the body
A guided audio meditation
Guided meditation: Body awareness scan for relaxation
A guided audio mediation Body awareness scan for relaxation
Guided meditation: midline grounding
A guided audio mediation Guided meditation to ground and centre working with midline of the body