Happy Wednesday Reader!
Here's 1 teaching, 2 questions, and 3 resources to explore this week:
Today's teaching is from Richard Strozzi-Heckler, a leading expert in the field of somatics and body work for more than five decades.
His teachings and his organization, The Strozzi Institute, focus on how we can develop a greater capacity for embodied awareness and therefore work for justice in more effective and sustainable ways.
As you read the following teaching from his book, The Art of Somatic Coaching, pay attention to how your own stories connect and resonate.
- Take a moment to practice: look around and find something in your physical space that draws your attention. What is its look, feel, smell, vibe, purpose, connection to other things in the space, etc. How does its presence or story interact with your presence or story?
- What parts of your story do you find yourself intentionally not giving attention to? Be gentle with this. How is this non-attention serving to protect and/or constrict you?
I highly recommend both books listed below, especially for coaches, teachers, activists, mental health professionals, massage therapists, and clergy.
- The Art of Somatic Coaching by Richard Strozzi-Heckler (book)
- The Politics of Trauma by Staci Haines (book)
- Shadow Work: Getting off Autopilot and Learning to See Deeply (course begins in just two weeks!)
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Sending you good vibes,
P.S. I'm really excited to co-host the following event with my friend Caryn Berley on October 1st! If you're interested in exploring ways to learn from your experience of defensiveness and move into a more healing posture, I'd love to see you there. 🙂