Dear Body

Dear Body

Dear Body,
I’m trying to listen carefully to you, but I’m still not understanding what you need from me. Please be really, really clear with me about what you need so I can take appropriate action.
Sincerely, Me

Talking with Dresden About Ukraine

Talking with Dresden About Ukraine

resden, I need help,” I said to my primary guide after having lunch with a dear friend. “Talk to me.” “I’m overwhelmed and scared and discouraged, bordering on powerless. I’m on the verge of tears but this isn’t even about me.” “What isn’t about...

A Conversation With Dresden, My Primary Guide

A Conversation With Dresden, My Primary Guide

et’s talk a bit about your focus as you move forward with Soul Guides,” Dresden prompted as I prepared to do some editing on the next book. “O…kay.” I was suddenly concerned. “Is something wrong?” “Not at all. You looked up some of our older...

How is coaching different from therapy?

How is coaching different from therapy?

hile I am a formal mental health counselor and have been trained in various forms of psychotherapy, I am not a licensed therapist and I do not practice therapy. Here’s how I see the difference: A therapist helps a person heal their present by...

Octobers

Octobers

I feel like I'm not here. But my body is.The pain roaring beneath my skin, slicing through  my organs, curdling in my stomach remind me that my body is here. My body remembers Octobers past.My grandfather's birthday.My father's birthday.My birthday. Every one a...

The Connection Between Trauma, Body Pain, and Authenticity

The Connection Between Trauma, Body Pain, and Authenticity

We know for a fact that animals naturally and instinctively shake off their stress. Whether or not they do it while singing Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off is another matter. We also know for a fact that humans don’t do this consciously. We’re more likely to engage in therapy of the alcohol, retail, or epicurean kind. That physical shaking is a signal from the brain’s limbic system (responsible for the fight/flight/freeze response) that the threat has passed and the nervous system can return to pre-stress levels. In humans, when the limbic system takes over, the prefrontal cortex can go offline temporarily, making it impossible to think our way out of the situation.

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