By Elizabeth Claire Burr.
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The word pendiculation means ‘to yawn’ and it is a three-part process of contraction, a slow mindful release, and then letting go. This process is natural to our being. When an animal, for example, experiences trauma, it moves into a pendiculation process. So it contracts, releases, and lets go. The animal doesn’t hold onto trauma – the mind doesn’t hold onto trauma and make a story of it – because it is able to let it go. Animals release trauma more readily than humans do because the mind grasps onto the trauma and makes it concrete in the body.
When we hold trauma in our bodies, over time it becomes sensory-motor amnesia.
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By Veronica Kallos-Lilly and Richard Harrison who will be presenting Tuning In: Self of the Therapist at Hollyhock in Sept.
The psychotherapy field has a long tradition of promoting therapist neutrality and ignoring the person-of-the-therapist. In fact, in some approaches, therapists are actively encouraged to check their “self” at the door. The reality is we bring ourselves into our sessions whether we intend to or not. When we do so out of awareness, we risk getting in the way of the therapy.
For instance, many of us will be able to relate to this scenario: Imagine one of your clients, Mark, coming in for his 5th session complaining and expressing discouragement.
Continue reading The Inner World of the Psychotherapist: Tuning In, Staying Present
By Joyce Hawkes and Helen Folsom who will be presenting Cell-Level Healing: Wild Awakening for Health at Hollyhock in Sept.
The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is uniquely designed to keep us safe in dangerous situations, and it may be key to our remarkable survival since we began to walk the earth. The SNS kicks in when we are faced with any perceived danger, and instantaneously biases the body and mind for action to protect us. Powerful chemicals pour into the bloodstream; our higher brain functions, immune system, and digestion go offline; blood is diverted from the interior of the body to our muscles; the heart races; and blood pressure rises.
These days, in the workplace and at home, that automatic system is still at work ramping the body up each time a threat presents itself. Here’s the rub – it takes 3 days to metabolize the biochemistry of each event. The workload, the deadlines, the bills, the nightly news, grief, heartache, driving downtown – none of these may appear as scary as a tiger, yet the body responds in the same way, and the result is a metabolic backlog that the body can’t clear before the next event arrives.
Continue reading A Little Cell-Level Wisdom — Flight * Fight * Freeze
By Padma Shyam, who will be presenting Padma Meditation: Finding Balance and Joy at Hollyhock in September.
Namaste! I live in the Himalayan mountains, and over the last thirty years, I’ve learned from my guru and through my own daily meditation that we are, each one of us, pure and free and forever blessed.
For years I’ve practiced breath exercises and gentle hatha yoga, eaten a pure vegetarian diet, and every single day, taken the time to meditate.
I’ve found that the single most powerful technique you can do, is the very simple act of sitting down and closing your eyes each day.
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By Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz, who will be presenting Continuum Movement® at Hollyhock in August.
Throughout my life I have used movement as a way to free myself. I am also very aware how movement has been used to take over and control the body.
For example think of watching soldiers marching together in formation, be it Hitler’s army or modern day North Korea. What is the effect of mechanized, repetitive movements on the body? Does this type of movement inhibit one’s feeling of individualization and freedom? Many of us believe it does.
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