Finding Balance Amidst the Tumult

I don’t normally pray, at least not in words, but this is what I found myself saying as I sat at my window Saturday morning feeling deeply shaken by the terrors of the news which I won’t repeat here now.

 

May I let my worries rest in the living intelligence of our world of which I am a part.

May I trust and honor the ways the world brilliantly responds to disruption and finds balance.

May I tune to the creative, sensing, rebalancing brilliance of life that supports our learning and evolution in exactly the timing that is possible.”

 

This is the heart and bigger context for why I believe in somatic awareness as a practice for living responsively and supporting the wellbeing of our selves and world.

I’ve been dreaming about how to create more of a community that supports embodied and values-based living, and this year I have decided to offer a year-long group program with this in mind. We are enrolling now and Priority Registration (including an additional private Somatic Visioning session) end July 31st.

If you feel called to live in deeper alignment with your body’s intelligence and you want the support of community to share your gifts from this place of deep inner connection, please take a look at the program information for Somatic Wellbeing for the Visioning Being, and feel free to get in touch. I would love to hear your story.

Lee

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Quieting the Critic and Freeing your Inner Artist!

JW2016A couple winters ago I called up my friend Jesse White, founder of Pigeon Arts to see if she wanted to get together and make art, side by side.  Jesse is a poet, visual artist and educator with a strong focus on spiritual and personal growth through the arts, and I knew she’d be the perfect art making buddy for me.

CityScape-HeadshotWe started gettting together to make art, move, write, do what we do… and exchanged appraoches to sourcing art from the core of our beings, quieting our inner critics and outer distractions, and supporting our minds and hearts through cycles of creative flow and taking restorative breaks.  Meeting with Jesse provided a solid bridge for me from a period of feeling lost from my own art-making to being delighted, curious, and courageous about having a regular creative arts practice that feeds my soul, mind, and hunger for the mysteries of life.

Moving and MakingOur time together was so personally rich and fun that that we decided to open up our doors and create a space to offer what we’ve learned and support others awakening their creativity.  And thus, Moving & Making with your Inner Artist was born.

Hope you can join us this July for this juicy mid-summer workshop!

<3,
Lee

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Balancing Structure and Freedom

Sunrise-DandelionsAs humans and creative beings we need a balance of structure and freedom to create, learn, and grow.  We need all the support of our physiological, relational, societal, and earth structures to survive and be well.  And within all of these structures we need to freedom to be responsive to all that is occurring in every moment.

Is there something you are wanting to create or discover in your life at this time?  Something as simple as setting aside time to listen, journal, draw, or move with your idea can be just the invitation that your inner wisdom needs to chime in and show you a way through.  When you set aside this time, you can ask yourself– what would help me feel supported here?  And create your structure based on that (A 5, 10, or 30 minute timer?  A really soft blanket?  Some tea?  A walk outside?  A friend to be with?).

In my quest to create structures for creative visionaries to blossom, I have just begun enrollment for a *new year-long program*, Somatic Wellbeing for the Visioning Being.  Check it out!  I’d love to hear what you think.

Here’s to all the right support for your learning and transformation…

Lee

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Moving Silence for our Souls

Spring-bark-budsSpringtime has a lot of flare.  I love how trees seem to be trumpeting bright leaves and flowers straight out their limbs.  I love all the new birdsounds, and the rain-sun-rain.  It is all very beautiful and stimulating!I also know that part of what makes this is so exciting is the un“spoken” energy that lies beneath the surface, supporting these dramatic changes we can see and feel.And so it is with healing, personal growth and life’s journeys.The mystery and miracle of springtime blossoming and our lives unfolding has everything to do with a silent subtle movement going on in every living thing, that is vital and powerful even while we may not always notice it.

I am so very excited to welcome Mary Abrams back to Philly next month, for the 3d year in a row, this time to teach her Moving Silence Weekend!  During this 2 day weekend of silence on May 21–22, we will focus on dreaming, integrating life desires with reality, and allowing our bodies to guide us to balance ambition, big picture plans and visions, with moment to moment living and self-care.

Mary is a phenomenal teacher, and I highly recommend you do not pass up the opportunity to learn with her in May!  Read more about her and the workshop here.

To your health and full, wild learning this Spring and always!
Lee
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All you need is ripe for the sensing

Living a thriving and meaningful life aligned with your callings may seem like a daunting goal. I want to encourage you to know that every step of the way you can be guided by wisdom that moves through your body in sensations, impulses, thoughts, and images… Everything you need and everything you need to know is right there, accessible to you any time you slow down and listen.

Here is a 4 step practice for allowing your body to support you through any challenge or question you face.  *adapted from Mary Abrams’ teachings.

When you are experiencing something challenging on your path, bring your awareness to the present moment of your experience and your wisdom by asking:

1) When I am experiencing this challenging emotion, decision, task, etc, what am I sensing in my body?
allow your body to respond.  notice any sensations, internal movements, and impulses.

2) When I am sensing this in my body, what do I need?
allow your body to respond, rather than having to come up with an answer in your thoughts.  it doesn’t have to make cognitive sense.  allow your body to sense, move or become still, think, imagine.

3) When I need this, what will support me?
again, allow your body to respond.

4) See what emerges from this experience.  You may have new perspectives, or you may just feel different in your body.  You may have a new way of engaging with your original challenge, or you may be prompted to do something new for the time being.  Trust whatever you find.  This is your body’s wisdom!

I am pleased to announce the 5th run of my training program Somatic Wellbeing for Visionaries and Leaders, where people come together in community to deepen into their body’s wisdom around their self-care, time, money, emotional wellbeing, and life/work visions.  It has been a powerful learning journey every time!

I feel really deligthed by the group that is forming this time, and I’d like to ask for your help in guiding just the right other members to our circle (We are capping the group at an intimate number of 10 members).

Would you take a moment to feel into or consider if there is anyone in your community who would benefit from an in-depth, creative and body based journey towards living in deeper alignment with their wellbeing and callings?

If you know someone who may be ready for this kind of experience, please share this newsletter with them or send them to www.VisioningBody.com/Springto sign up for a time to connect with me one-on-oneabout their emerging visions and needs!

In deep gratitude for our connection,
Lee

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Lessons from my 100-year-old aunt and 2-year-old niece

I’m feeling incredibly grateful to have gotten to see both my two-year-old niece Emma and my 100-year-old Great Aunt Ruth in the last couple of weeks. Being with these people I love has been so inspiring, and I want to share a couple of sweet morsels and lessons with you:

At the end of Aunt Ruth’s 100th birthday party last weekend, I got to go up and visit her apartment filled with all her nic-nacs and plants (and even a new avocado pit growing), and see the first painting she ever made, at a painting class she went to last week. My lessons from Aunt Ruth: Always keep learning, life can be full of many things, there’s lots of time, and it’s never too late.

I got to go to the beach with my family, and Emma was delighted by the ocean — running all around, shrieking, laughing, making little piles of sand on her feet. She was curious and a little scared of the little tidal pool waves, and she repeatedly ran up near them shrieked and laughed and ran away, until hours later she was able to peacefully and happily stand in the waves. Lessons from Emma: Enjoy meeting your fears — learning to adapt can be fun. Laugh, shriek, run around, don’t bother keeping it small.

I hope to enjoy many more sweet, fun moments of learning with you this fall.

In particular, I’m gearing up for another round of Somatic Wellbeing for Visionaries and Leaders beginning September 16th and am very excited and grateful to delving into this rich learning environment with a new group. We still have some spots open so if you know anyone who might like to join in, please share this info with them! It would be best to sign up by September 1st to get the most benefit out of the pre-program materials. Register at www.visioningbody.com/fall

Here’s to a rich end of summer and beginning of fall,
Lee

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A revolutionary community of learners

One of my favorite things about teaching and learning somatic practices for living well and on purpose, is the transformational affect this learning has on those around us and our communities.

The more I respect my body’s subtle signals as the guiding light of my every day experience and the way I structure my time and life, the more others around me do too, and the more I am in turn supported by their presence of being.

This happens in simple and direct ways:
We relax more into our chairs, delight more in the food we are savoring, breathe more fully, connect more deeply…

We also affect each other through inspiration:
We inspire each other to see beyond what we know to be possible in life and work.  We imagine and show each other that we can create livelihood, community, timing structures, etc. that support our full potential as human beings.

The truth is, every time you deepen more into your body and allow your callings to speak in and through you, you are creating an opening in the world and transforming not only your life but also the lives of those around you. And when someone in your community deepens into their body wisdom, they are creating more ground for you to live into your right life as well.

In just a couple of weeks on July 25th, I will be offering a workshop at my dear teacher Mary Abrams’ studio in NYC!  I hope you can join us for Becoming Your Dreams: A playful and embodied approach to life visioning.

On the Philly side of life, we are enrolling now for The Visioning Body’s fall group training for creative visionaries.  Click here to sign up for a consultation before our upcoming Early Bird Discount on July 31st!

It would be a joy to work with you personally in either of these contexts. If you can’t join us, please consider sending someone you know so that they can make strides in their own life and be a more embodied and inspirational presence in yours!

In gratitude for our revolutionary community of learners,

Lee

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Healing Justice for Black Lives Matter

This Thursday, December 18, I will join with radical healers and wellness professionals from across North America and beyond to donate funds raised from our services to the Black Lives Matter Ferguson Bail and Support Fund.  

I will be offering a group Distant Reiki session for all registered participants who donate an amount of your choosing.  The session will be from 8-9am, and the Reiki will go where it’s needed most for you even if you are not “free” at that time.


As someone who’s committed to honoring the body as a source of wisdom for right living and leadership, I feel great sorrow when members of our human community are not fully honored and are suffering, and lives are being lost. These wounds are felt deeply by all of us, whether or not we always realize or acknowledge their profound effects. 

I invite you to Register Here and support this movement both financially and by nourishing yourself as a conscious community member.

Yours with deep wishes for peace,
Lee
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Nature Break

Tuning natural living things, even when in a city, is a really direct way to cultivate wellbeing and enjoyment. Caryn Heilman of LiquidBody shared with me that since natural elements and living organisms (people included) are more complex in shape and function than industrial or technological things, our sensing bodies respond to them with more complex and fluid movement.

Pause from your work for a moment to take in the breeze on your skin, or the deliciously uneven lines of a plant, or the organic and complex movements of your own body and those around you!

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Enjoyment over Perfection

This month, I want to invite an intention of Enjoyment over Perfection.

To me, “Perfect” feels like a static, frozen object that we’ve been told is going to bring us satisfaction and everything we need.

Enjoyment, on the other hand, inherently opens us to being present with what is evolving all around and inside us.

This weekend I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with a group of incredible Somatic Educators and Therapists at the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) annual board meeting.  I so enjoyed being with this group as a new board member, and I was deeply touched by getting a feeling for the ever-evolving nature of the organization, and of each board member’s career.  Not one of us has “arrived” at a perfect, golden state — We are each co-creating our lives and work with community, our bodies, the world, and our evolving profession.

Stay tuned on Facebook this month for more notes on enjoying and evolving, and click here for ways to get involved in The Visioning Body’s offerings this fall!

Cheers!
Lee

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