Embodied Wellbeing takes a holistic and conscious approach towards recovery.
Anxiety and overwhelming stress are signals from our internal system that things have gone too far, often built up over many years. Our thoughts race, our lives run on autopilot. Our mind and body “appear” to have a life of their own, disconnected from us.
Some examples of our experiences may include racing/unwanted thoughts, striving continuously, imagining the worst, tight routines to avoid the unknown, social anxiety, fear of disappointing others, loss of creativity/adventure, poor sleep, tight jaw, panic/shallow breathing, frequent frowning, hunching, unconsciously leaning or collaping, living in the past or future more than you feel is necessary for you.
Some of what we can build:
- Stress, autopilot and nervous system awareness
- Building Self-Worth for long term recovery
- Mental grounding: from chaos to safeness
- Mind-Body education: how mind shows up in the body, and how body shows up in the mind
- Building Self-Awareness: the faculty that helps you meet yourself where you are, moment-to-moment
- Maps and charts of the human inner landscape
- Resourcing practices to self-regulate and stabilise
- Creating balance e.g. perfection with compassion
- Lifestyle shifts that boost day-to-day experience
- Situational Awareness: sort through situations with clarity
- Expand capacity to hold an experience
- Orienting towards nourishment
A Way Forward
Mindfulness, Somatics & Mind-Body Education
Anxiety patterns are signs of a hyper-activated survival response that may have built through history. Mindfulness is a form of strength-training for the brain that would help you differentiate real from potential, actual from hypothetical – a practice to see things clearly. When practiced in a nuanced way, it can reveal to you important subtler parts. It can also be used for sensing into subconscious plays (interoceptive mindfulness), expanding capacity, cultivating self-compassion, pattern-tracking, and inner decluttering.
“The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand: if you want to see how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand.” -Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. The body’s intelligence serves as an incredibly useful compass where we can’t easily use our mind’s. Somatic practices allows you to bring attention to the ways in which stressors play out in the body, voice, posture, breath. You gain clarity about what’s really going on beneath the surface and explore shifting the body’s experience. By shifting the body’s experience, the personal experience shifts.
Using Mind-Body Education, you expand the appreciation of the larger context in which stressors exist. This involves understanding characteristic models of the mind, body, relationships, lifestyle, history, environment and its impact on your present.
What You Gain:
- One to one discussion
- Practices specific to you
- Recorded/written practices (10-20 mins) with guidance
- Journalling worksheet(s)
- Ability to schedule and reschedule sessions online
- You’re able to set aside time each day for some practice (10-20 minutes)
- You own a computer with camera and internet (due to Covid19 all sessions are online)
What Others Say
I explored mind-body work unknowingly in my younger days through Indian Arts (dance) and joined meditation later on as an adult. For the most part, my understanding was intellectual. It was only when my own internal system began seeking help that I really started understanding the bigger picture experientially.
My work today is influenced by Neuroscience, Mindfulness, Somatic Regulation, Natural Science, Polyvagal Theory, Indian Arts, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy and more. I am certified in Mindfulness (Adults + Children), Somatic Regulation, Neuropsychology, Body Healing, Children and Young People’s Mental Health & Wellbeing (my qualifications & accreditations can be found here). My practice, learning, and evolution continues. The teachings of great teachers, scientists, philosophers, sages, women, men, and children continue to influence me each day. Radiant Roots is a way I contribute back to the past, present and future generations 🙂
Important Note: Sessions are not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor, mental health professional, or other health care professionals. Mindfulness and Somatics have the potential to bring positive changes such as information, options and guidance. I provide support to the best of my abilities, but any resulting choices and changes remain the individual’s personal and legal responsibility.