Moving from survival to living
Moving from survival to living It is a known fact that the past three years have been exceptionally hard for most. People have been experiencing great difficulties and it seems as if survival has become the norm. Survival mode is a phase of life where the main goal is to get through the next few minutes or hours. Mundane tasks like deciding what to have for supper or who must do what chores seem impossible and overwhelming. Therefore, medium- and long-term goals are nowhere to be found. Being in survival mode for extended periods of time often leaves us in a catch-22. The never-ending tasks and pace of life does not really leave much room to breathe and recover. It feels as if there is and always will be a new crisis. Something
Breathing like the walls do
I recently attended a meditation facilitated by a traditional healer and as per usual (for guided meditation at least) he invited us to become aware of our breathing. This is a familiar space for me. Personally, I am quite comfortable with my breath and am well aware of the positive effect it has on my health and well-being. While I got into the flow of my breathing, I felt myself sink into the wall behind me, feeling it support the weight of my body. As I felt my breathing slow down and become deeper the facilitator invited us to imagine breathing as if we were the walls of the room we sat in. This request immediately made me feel uncomfortable. “The walls?” I thought to myself. How could I possibly breathe like
Gender, empathy, and getting to know our boxes
From a young age we are conditioned to be something to fit into specific roles and boxes. I know that many people are questioning and challenging these societal teachings, but how much of it even lies within our consciousness?
Is Therapy for me?
If you are asking this question, the answer is most definitely yes. Not because you “need” it, but because you are most likely open to the gifts it might bring. Even in today’s day and age “you should go to therapy” is still often used as an insult, we shy away from even sharing if we do go to therapy.
Take your time
Have grace with yourself if you can’t do it all, even with this. Don’t let taking your time just become another thing to tick of on a long to-do list.
Music Therapy centered around voicework to offer opportunity for connection
“The experience of being literally heard and understood deeply, in some personally vital sphere, has its own kind of impact – whether of relief, of something at last making sense, a feeling or inner connection or somehow being less alone or of some other easing or enhancing quality” – Barrett-Lennard