A user manual for the Body-Mind : Building natural resilience
Positive Body Awareness
is a method of setting up meaningful communication with the body, and a practical understanding of the rules by which that works. Despite us having apparently separated from Nature, we are still living organisms that are part of a wider external ecosystem, and have an internal ecosystem
that is on continuity with that.
Many of the rules by which govern that internal organisation have been defined through research into neurology over the past 30 years. The results are starting. It appears that modern human society is constructed around a set of behaviours and thought patterns that contradict the way our bodies and brains have evolved. PolyVagal Theory
is a core part of the course, providing an important map of internal experience.
In this weekend workshop and/or set of online workshops I have put the rules into a simple framework with enough theory so that you can apply the techniques and know what is happening, why they are working, and what that means in the context of your broader life. There are many different possible ways this material can be taught and applied, but the main focus I wish to have is "Building Natural Resilience". A course would consist of five lots of 1 ½ hour Zoom (or similar) sessions, plus at least one follow-up session to support you in putting it into practice. Dates still to be arranged.
Its deepened my relationship with myself, made me more fully alive. Expanded my senses. Come to know my self as sanctuary. Made me appreciate the amazing miracle of myself mentally, emotionally, physically and excited about the buried treasure that i have left to find. I used to work hard at burying it as I thought then I could more highly function, your scientific and experiential practices have shown me how very sad and limiting that was. I embrace the grief I feel about that,
I look forward to being in my [own] company, I've never felt like that.
The potential benefits (which vary between individuals) include :
- less hyperarousal
- less physical pain
- better physical health - improved immune function
- greater capacity for embodiment and less dissociation
- greater resourcefulness and ability to engage fully in life - less tendency to overwhelm
- improved connection with the Earth
- re-setting our relationship with the natural world, as a metaphor for our bodies – and vice versa
It was a complete luxury to be giving myself this attention and the feeling of "coming home" and complete relaxation left me with a smile on my face each time a session ended.
I wanted to email you personally to say thank you for the Resilience workshop. I wanted to reiterate my gratitude for your sharing of your decades' work in the content. I'd like to express again that the effectiveness of the content was due to the presence in your delivery, the attunement between what was needed and what you wanted to convey, and the responsibility that was transferred to us as participants to further the work once we had been given an understanding of the basics of our responses and reactions to situations and the reasons for them...
In brief, I think the work's value lay in interaction-participation-feedback.... this is something that should be taught to everyone- young if possible, so schools, communities...