Listening to Our Bodies

How to Bring a Little Ease into Your Holiday Season

It’s the holidays... perhaps you’ve noticed? Festive music, garish signs advertising who-knows-what, parties, lights, and of course, tons of additional external and internal pressure. Right? Over the past week, I’ve been in a funk. Totally disoriented and paralyzed by this vague sense of things I should be, want to be, and need to be accomplishing. Like, NOW. The ...

Sometimes, Running from Pain IS the Best Option!

A while back I wrote a post about how we tend to isolate and cut ourselves off from the parts of our bodies that are hurting. I used the analogy of not allowing everyone to sit at the Thanksgiving table and gave a suggestion for how to invite the hurting parts back to the table. ...

Nothing Works: Is that True?

Today, I’m going to do things a bit differently. Instead of the usual article plus self-care suggestion, I’m going to share with you an exercise I did to help me find right relationship at a time when I was experiencing extreme pain. And, if you want, you can do the exercise with me! Last Thursday, I ...

I Can Feel the Pain; I Know it’s Hurting! Now What???

Imagine you are a kid again. It is a beautiful Spring afternoon, the sun is shining, a light breeze caresses your face. Overhead, white, fluffy clouds drift through the sky. You are lying on your back on a grassy hill, looking up, just watching the clouds. Watching the clouds drift into and apart from one another, ...

Are You Treating Yourself Like an Outcast?

Have you ever been in a situation where you are totally unacknowledged, looked over, ignored? Perhaps you were one of the last to be picked for the kickball team, the eyes of the team captains just passing you over as if you weren’t there. Or, maybe you are constantly passed over for that promotion or perhaps ...

Why Being Gentle with Pain is the Key to Lasting Relief

Ever had a knot in your back? One of those knots that stab, ache, impede movement, and generally make your life just that more difficult? Eventually, you get tired of the constant pain and aggravation so you decide to go get a deep tissue massage. That’s what works the best, right? The therapist digs into the tight ...