What Do You Do?
It’s the standard question you ask when you meet someone new. It’s the beginning of a new school year, so for me this question has been coming right after “Who’s mom are you?” Honestly, I have come to dread it because I struggle to explain my work in just a few words.
We’re now solidly in autumn—the season for transformation and shedding what no longer serves you, letting what does firmly take its place. I feel like I have been going through this process not just for the past few weeks, but for several years now. My education, training, and experience come from what at first glance may seem like disconnected fields—education, mental health, energetic healing, movement, and meditation. What I have come to understand is that these domains are very much interconnected, and when we work with them simultaneously, it can lead to improved well-being and healing from the inside out--more so than when each is addressed on its own.
Our minds and bodies are not only inextricably linked; they are two sides of the same coin. Our mind and body are in constant, two-way communication, and our experience in one area directly affect the experience in the other.
Emotions don’t just live in our heads. They show up as physical sensations in our bodies. Through regular contemplative practices, we can learn to recognize when our thoughts and emotions are manifesting as physical discomfort.
Conversely, physical discomfort in the body can change our thoughts, perceptions, and emotions about our day-to-day experiences. We may start to feel out of control and at the mercy of our external circumstances.
I believe in a cohesive, holistic treatment approach for all of my clients, children through adults. I don’t just work with the contents of the mind. More often than not, I start with the body. I help my clients become more aware of the communication between mind and body and learn how to connect to their life-force energy. As their awareness strengthens, so does their ability to step behind the waterfall of the present moment and view their physical and emotional experiences from a place of responsiveness and compassion. The external circumstances don’t change, but their relationship with them is transformed. They are now in the driver’s seat. They are in control of their experience with reality, and that is a total game-changer.
If you’d like to work on strengthening your mind-body connection, try the focus meditation practice linked below. If you’re interested in working with me one on one, simply send me a message. I’m here for you.
Focus Meditation Practice: