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How to know if you’re cut off from your body

How to know if you’re cut off from your body

Even as embodiment professional, I find myself losing touch with my body regularly. Hardly surprising really given the world we live in – so I should probably cut myself some slack. What I do find helpful is noting certain things that indicate it’s time to log off, get my yoga mat out, or just slow down and feel for a moment. Usually the journey is from noticing I’m not noticing, to noticing discomfort, and eventually ... noticing the relief in coming home. So what are the red lights? Here are some indicators of (temporary) disembodiment: I notice that I’m not noticing my body (true as a definition of state disembodiment but let’s start...

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A bodymind education

A bodymind education

I can imagine a world where bodymind education is a normal part of growing up; where embodied systems such as yoga, martial arts, meditation, trauma release etc are taught as standard in schools, and everyone has access to the benefits of them; where everyone – not just an elite who can decode the jargon and afford the fees – is able to return home to their bodies. This may seem a big ask, but remember that once, most people couldn't read and write, except an elite caste. Now most can. Today, most people aren't somatically "literate", but this need not be the case. My challenge to other teachers in embodied fields is this: how do you...

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The 10 laws of being a body

The 10 laws of being a body

1. Context Our current situation, relationships, culture, disposition and the environment are all embodied. We are layered adaptations to context and history. 2. Comfort The body reveals what's familiar. We feel “at home” in what we have practised, and it feels easy. 3. Joy Delight reveals what's needed or longed for. 4. Holography The body reveals our way of being in all things. 5. Deviation Inability to follow a form reveals habitual patterns. Habits assert themselves unconsciously and are exposed by form. 6. Guidance The body can guide our life. When listened, to the body gives wisdom. Not too be confused with comfort! 7. Practice We are...

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Warning: embodiment geek post

Warning: embodiment geek post

It's obvious to most of us that we empathise with other people and can "catch" their moods. If you've ever, say, sat next to that angry guy on the train or been infected by the joy of children, you know that. This (mirror neurone activated?) effect is a part of how teaching yoga (or whatever) through demonstrating works too. Watching a teacher actually primes your body for the movements, as you’re mimicking them on a micro level. Likewise, gentle physical strokes can serve as adjustments by merely "suggesting" direction to our bodies. We can also catch embodied "instructions" from moving objects. We map pretty much anything on to ourselves,...

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Sometimes when I come back to my body and breath, I feel so sad.

Sometimes when I come back to my body and breath, I feel so sad.

Sometimes when I come back to my body and breath, I feel so sad. I whisper, “I’ve missed you darling. I’m so sorry to ignore you. Thank you so much for still being here, my lover. I’ll never abandon you again.” And we embrace and it’s beautiful and she holds and heals me like no other. And then I break my promise. Every. Single. Time. It’s heart breaking. And yet she forgives me.

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As I travel home from Moscow…

Many of us have felt like we don’t matter. That we’re not wanted. That we don’t have a right to even exist. That we have no safe home. Even with my confidence and bravado this is true for me at times, for students with abuse histories and difficult personal backgrounds it’s usually true, and it’s certainly present for people from persecuted groups. I was deeply touched last night when a member of the LGTBQ embodiment training in Moscow commented that the greatest gift of practice was simply to be. This is not a given for many people. As someone who has been to the depths of alcohol abuse, survived dangerous places, depression and lost many...

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Keep it simple in 2018

Let's keep it simple. Top tips for coming home to the body in 2018: Spend ten minutes each morning sitting still noticing your breath Do any kind of yoga a couple of times a week Eat when you're hungry and rest when you're tired (I know this one might sound simple but it's profound) Spend an hour a day outside in nature Have your meetings and phone calls walking If someone you like invites you for vertical or horizontal dancing, dance Take Facebook and your email off your phone, and check e-mail once a day elsewhere Play with kids If you have addiction or trauma issues prioritise addressing them Be kind Have a wonderful embodied...

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We are not made of flesh and bone

We are not made of flesh and bone

We are not made of flesh and bone; we are made of love and loss. The body is not meat; it is an autobiography. The pieces of the body are pieces of the soul – those that have touched us and those who have hurt us, places we have been and people we have cared for. The body is our values and history incarnate. It is a sacred poem and a warm bloody world of possibility. To know the body is to know ourselves and each other. To be intimate with the body is to have your tongue on the pulse of life itself. When we cut ourselves off from the body with stillness, technology or addiction, we cut ourselves off not just from pain, but from joy. Without...

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Welcome to the new EFC blog

This will feature a mixture of written and video content from Mark Walsh and members of the EFC community.

To start with, here are some very recent videos showing EFC 2016 in action and examples of embodied coaching techniques:

Body listening coaching:

Contract coaching tool:

Relationship coaching:

4 Elements coaching:

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