Somatic Psychology

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Being Grounded Is Being in Contact with Your Experience – Not Resisting It

Being fully present depends on your capacity to be grounded directly in your actual experience – in what is happening now. Grounding consists of contact. Contact with the body, the earth, the psyche, and with your energy, your pleasures, your pains, your sexuality. It’s about being in your senses, over and over. Being with what is really there. …

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Bioenergetic Exercises, Self-Expression – and Emotional Release

“Does all that sound and movement in bioenergetics really help me heal? Doesn’t that kind of dramatic self-expression just teach people it’s OK to blow up or break down?” Yes and no. To both questions. Here’s the deal. Bodily exercises are indeed an important aspect of bioenergetic therapy and development work. These exercises include things …

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A Focus on Life, Living, and the Free Flow of Energy and Impulse

Bioenergetic body-mind psychotherapy has a very clear focus on supporting the free flow of life in a person. That is, bioenergetics focuses on enlivening, rather than simply “removing” troubling behaviors. From a bioenergetic perspective, many of the difficulties that people suffer are a result of early (often traumatic) experiences that interfere with our natural and healthy instinctual strivings. …

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Feeling Ourselves from the Inside Out – Versus Viewing Ourselves from the Outside In

What is the difference between self-awareness and self-consciousness? In short, it is the difference between feeling ourselves from the inside out versus from viewing ourselves from the outside in. Awareness in general and self-awareness in particular are important practices in this alchemical body-mind work. Simultaneously, learning to be in our body (truly inhabiting our body …

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The Role of the Body in Bioenergetic Psychotherapy

Body-mind psychotherapy stands in contrast to purely verbal psychotherapies by including your bodily self in the therapy session. This can take many different forms. At the most fundamental level, body-mind and bioenergetic psychotherapy operate on the continuity of mind, body, feeling, relationship and environment. As an example, if we feel an (unconscious) conflict about reaching …

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It’s All Part of It – We Are Not Separate Pieces

This great alchemical work – this journey of personal development – is one of transformation and wholeness. Our bodies, minds, and spirits, our relationships and our embeddedness in the natural world are aspects of one thing. These domains are all integral aspects of the great work that embraces spiritual practices and everyday life. This morning …

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