Parenting can lead us to a threshold in life we hadn’t known before. We're bringing into the parenting dynamic with our kids the momentum of our previous experiences - our resources and resilience, as well as our disconnection and disembodiment due to trauma (individual, familial, cultural, historical & intergenerational). Beyond the challenges we face to parent in ways we may not have been parented, there is a deep love for our children that wants to be expressed and known in presence with them. There's also a yearning in us to experience that deep love ourselves; to feel our power and to live authentically, just as we yearn to protect that for our kids, too. The urgency to heal what's still alive within us might come up with a force because of them, and yet it's ultimately a reclamation of our life force, vitality, joy, connection and creativity we're most hungry for. It’s sometimes a desire bold as love that fuels our courage to meet what we fear to face.
Rooted - It takes a village to shape our lives and world anew.
Today I have something precious and beautiful to share with you. It’s a shared learning community called Rooted - A Global Village, Healing the Human Family, and Co-Imagining New Ways of Being.
In a popular article for the Financial Times, Indian novelist Arundahti Roy, wrote about the time we’re in as a portal, she says:
"Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next."
What happens at that crossroads of experience for us matter, and I want to contribute intentionally to the world that comes after this.
I'm sharing all about this opportunity in the podcast today - I hope you'll listen in, and if you'd love to join us, we'd love to have you.
Learn more about our global village, Rooted, here.
Coronavirus, Chaos & Radical Change
There's a lot happening in the world right now, and in this episode I want to explore some interesting and emergent threads related to the spread of a virus we're collectively experiencing as a threat.
While this episode is relevant to the spread of this virus and some of the dysfunctions it exposes, it's relevant as well to all our moments of crises, the dysfunction they reveal, the chaos they introduce, and the potent opportunity those moments present to take pause, reorient, and make moves in a new direction.
Chaos is often where we birth new perspectives and experiences.
After you listen to the episode, be sure you're signed up to receive emails from me, as I'll share some free resources this weekend that I hope can support you during this time.
You can be added by heading here and registering to receive news and information for the Embodied Trauma Conference!
The Critical Missing Link in Our Healing and Well-Being
Events that can lead to trauma, especially in childhood, can impact upon mental and physical health outcomes across our lifetimes. Trauma is a loaded word often reserved for severe abuse, neglect and violence, but trauma touches all our lives in some way and to varying degrees (it touches us or those we love, or the culture around us) and we need to understand how.
Understanding the link between what causes us to suffer today and trauma in our histories is a CRITICAL missing piece to so many of our mental and physical health conditions - like syndromes, autoimmune conditions, chronic pain conditions, anxiety, depression and more - and to our experiences of unnecessary suffering.
The critical missing piece is in how some common and some not-so-common experiences we had continue to be held in our bodies, creating pervasive feelings of danger that influence our thoughts, perception and behavior.
There are some fascinating links to explore in this episode that I hope you'll get a sense for, but I'm also introducing you to a FREE educational resource around trauma and its healing towards the end of the episode, that will delve a lot deeper into this fascinating link, so stay tuned for that!
You can find today's show notes HERE, including the link to the free resource!
Cultivating Resilience: A Conversation with Dr. Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson PhD is a psychologist and New York Times Best-Selling author who talks about the factors that contribute to our experiences of well-being and resilience, and, importantly, the how part of how that happens.
He’s an important name in the mindfulness world, and Rick loves to talk about the neurological underpinnings of the practices we do and the changes to our life experience they can make. His approach is down to earth and practical.
And beyond that, there’s a kindness, generosity and wisdom he embodies that can’t help but be felt - even thousands of miles away and via an online platform.
During our chat we covered a range of topics related to mothers, parenting, resilience factors, the role of anger, 6 year old Rick's revelation around self-care, the 4 important aspects we can cultivate, and much more.
I hope you enjoy listening to our chat as much as I enjoyed having it.
Learn how to connect with Rick via the show notes here.
Birth's Hidden Legacy w/Annie Brook: How our earliest experiences shape us & our kids
Have you ever wondered about how a child's birth story (or your own birth story) might relate to later experiences in life and behaviors? In today's episode, I talk with the wonderful Annie Brook (author and therapist) on what she calls "Birth's Hidden Legacy".
Annie is a therapist who works with families and children (and people of all ages) to repair some of the earliest imprints of trauma they experienced, often at the time of birth.
She also touches on some of the important developmental experiences infants need at the beginning of life that shape subsequent experience and behavior.
This episode will be interesting for anyone curious about their children's behavior (w/things like power struggles or high sensitivity) and what it might be pointing back to.
Annie offers a tremendous wealth of resources and experience and most of all HOPE that repair is always - even at an older age - possible. Take heart and have a listen!
Learn more about Annie and access further resources in the show notes for the episode. You'll also find time stamps for our chat together.
When Small Feels Safe
I've been reflecting on the interesting connection between our capacity to have and to allow big experiences in our bodies (like big emotions and sensations) and how it relates to our growth potential and expansion in life. Or do we sabotage even those things we deeply desire to experience?
How big can something get for us experientially before we slink away, shut down or turn tail and run or otherwise stay small because it feels safe.
Find podcast show notes and further resources here.
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