What do you REALLY want?

I’m feeling inspired to reach out with an affirmation and some opportunities for this fall season!

1) It is vital and necessary to connect with what it is you really want, and to follow that energy into the way you live, work, and create.

It’s necessary for your enjoyment and wellbeing… It’s necessary for your communities… It is necessary for the world.

I want to see you living according to what’s true and important for you, and getting to create the life you are wanting.

2) The Visioning Body is offering group and private programs this fall that support you in living your ideal, scrumptious, creative life.

Somatic Wellbeing for Visionaries and Leaders is a group program supporting your leadership, creative visioning and wellbeing, starting NEXT WEDNESDAY 9/10.  Space is limited to 10 participants, and there is still some room.

Somatic Visioning Programs provide a one-on-one opportunity to delve into your process of listening to your body to create what you care about most.

Reiki Sessions and Programs are a wonderful way to restore balance within yourself, experience deep rest and healing, and connect with the incredible energy that is uniquely yours and allows you to live out your purpose in the world.

Whatever it is YOU really want, I would be happy and honored to be of service to you!
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or to schedule.

warmly yours!
Lee

I’ve been blessed and amazed at the way Lee can draw forth an experience which both touches and transcends her own depth of heart and commitment to living a full, vibrant, and embodied life. She gives the gift of herself, which then opens the way for all of us to sink into our own gifts and bring them forth. Thank you!”

- Sarah “Sulis Sarasvati” Cutler, Bodyworker, Yoga teacher, Educator

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The Visioning Body Blog is Back!

We’ve been away a while, as you can see, but the time has come to share these resources live again!

Enjoy these archived and upcoming blog posts!

 

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Working with Fear

I’ve been thinking a lot about fear lately.  How to deal with the reality that when we take on something new, or even catch a glimpse of it, it can be really scary.  (YES, I get scared on a regular basis as part of the process of creating new ideas and projects.  I am not immune!)

This is a natural process that occurs all the time for the passionate and inspired people… SO, I wanted to share  a little Four-Step Process I use for Tending Fear and Anxiety through Somatic awareness.  If this draws your attention, be sure to also check out Somatic Wellbeing for Visionaries and Leaders! (Early Bird August 25th)

1) Acknowledge the feeling of fear or anxiety.
2) Get curious about the sensations, impulses, and movements underlying the emotion.
3) Stay curious, and notice how the sensations evolve.
4) Ask your body, “What do I need right now?” and just notice any responses that follow in thought, feeling, sensation, or image.

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NOTE: Take your time with this process.  Give your body the space to move as it is needing to, so you can be better supported in your goals and activities.

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We’ll be learning processes like these and so much more about how your body can support inspired and grounded living in the world in our upcoming fall program, Somatic Wellbeing For Visionaries and Leaders.

If you are looking support as you develop and manifest your visions in life, and you want to deepen your relationship to your body as a guide, this program might be for you!  Slots are filling up, but you can still sign up for a Complimentary Intro Call HERE to discuss whether this program is for you.

Honoring  the full range of your feelings and passions!
~Lee

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Sometimes it’s good to “Lay it Down”

As the moon is just showing it’s tiniest slice of glow after waning, I’m reflecting on our own human cycles of waxing and waning: activation and rest, planning and riding the waves of our last plans, excitement for (or worry about) something new and enjoyment of what we have right now.

This Spring, I’ve been noticing a lot about the need to create honored practices around the waning phases in particular… There is so much to be excited about, to plan and to do, but if you don’t make space for some times to rest, enjoy, and ride your current wave, sometimes what happens is a forced waning.  You might get sick, burnt out, or utterly exhausted.  Not fun!

I’m reminded of an art teacher in high school, who said, “Some days, you just have to clean your brushes.”  I think he meant literally, but I took it metaphorically too.

I also want to share this songby Deb Talan as inspiration to support nourished periods of waning.  As she sings,“Don’t push so hard against the world… Come on, come on, lay it down.  The best made plans are your open hands.”

I am, as always, very happy to work with you to create sustainable ways of dreaming, acting, resting, and enjoying that serve you best!  Practices for supporting our waxing and waning are nuanced and varied for each person, so contact me if you would like to talk more about your specific situation.

Warmly,
Lee

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Can You Give Yourself Permission to Slow Down??

Last week, after a very busy week, I came down with a knock-you-out-in-bed can’t-look-at-a-computer-screen cold on Monday, so.…  I gave myself permission to not post something for our SlowVolution Monday :/.  I was sad to miss it but it’s just what made sense!

Let’s face it– It can sometimes be hard to give ourselves permission to slow down.  But it is nonetheless SO important!  It’s not your fault if you get sick, of course (I might have picked up a cold anyway), but slowing down can definitely help your nervous system to handle everything you to and encounter with more resilience.

So, I thought it’d be good to stir up some conversation about what you do, could, or would like to give yourself permission to do in order to follow YOUR body’s timing.

Post your thoughts here
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Honoring All Your Timing Needs

I’ve been finding it supportive lately to remember that it is possible to support the body’s inner timing even while moving according to calendar and clock time.  Different levels of timing are always occurring simultaneously within and around our bodies, and we get to play with this rich reality!  Read more here.

Planning for our upcoming Contact Improvisation Fundamentals Intensive, Awakening the Seeds of Your Practice, I’ve been delighting in all the ways that we can explore movement through space and with other bodies while honoring each person’s individual timing needs… What powerful training for life!

I’m very excited about this series and I want to make sure you know that our Early Bird discount ends this coming Friday, April 5th.   Read more and register here!

Happy Spring’s beginnings,
Lee

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Have you found yourself wishing you could hibernate just a bit (more) before winter is over?  Do you ever feel anxious or overwhelmed that life is just moving too fast?

In our technological age it can seem like we need move much faster than is supportive to our internal biorhythms.  Expectations for productivity and communication can be way beyond what we have been evolutionarily and developmentally prepared for as humans.  This creates stress, anxiety, burnout, and a variety of stress related ailments.

Slowing down, even just in small degrees, helps us access some of our deepest and most creative sources of energy.  We can experience more joy and enjoyment, ease of movement, and mental and emotional agility.  We can create lives of well-being and sustainable alignment with our passions.

I have seen this to be true for so many people, and I know how difficult it can be to slow down when all around us messages of working more, harder, and faster abound.  I’d like to take a stand against patterns of overworking that sabotage our brilliance and wellbeing so…

I’ve decided to start an official “Slow-Volution.”

And I’ll start it out slow ;).  Every Monday on Facebook through April, I will post an inspiring story, piece of information or question to begin a community dialogue on slowing down even amidst busy, passionate, or demanding lives.   I will also send weekly email reminders of our Slow-volution Mondays to anyone who signs up here.

Won’t you join me?  The best ®evolutions happen when we move together…

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Flowing with Your Feelings

Since we are now a few days into February, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge all the different feelings you and others in our community may be experiencing in our still relatively new year.  Are you excited, or nervous about what lies ahead for you? Perhaps overwhelmed by lots of activity, or the physical challenges of the cold? Are you enjoying any aspects of your experience so far?  Frustrated or disappointed after having high hopes for a delightful new year?

Yesterday, participants of our Somatic Wellbeing for Visionaries and Leaders course explored the seeds and expression of emotion in the body, and I”m feeling inspired to widen the conversation by asking:

However you are feeling in this moment, or about the new year, where are you noticing this feeling flow in your body?  What sensations or movement impulses in your body are telling you ”I”m feeling (… scared, or excited, or frustrated)?”

At a basic level, feelings can flow very quickly from one to the next.  What happens when you take a moment or two to notice your sensed flow of your feelings?

I welcome your responses, here or on Facebook!

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Dreaming as a Powerful Action

Looking back at an invitation for a Visioning Circle I held earlier this year, I stumbled accross the following definition:

A vision is an image, feeling, or idea
that is beckoning you into dreaming or action,
dreaming being a powerful action in its own right.

At the time that I wrote these words, they felt more like a proposition than a confident knowing — something that at least felt right enough to try on for size.  I am amazed at how much truth they hold for me now.

I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of a community of people who dare to notice their visions for their lives and the world.  This in itself has been a dream come true for me!  Throughout the year, I have witnessed clients and students envision what they want, learn to honor and tend their body’s needs, and then realize that they’ve naturally and organically begun to embody their visions.  I’ve gotten to see people move through all kinds of inner and “outer” challenges, and find that their body’s are vastly capable of navigating towards what is right for them.

 

I am so excited for all 2013 will hold for all of you, and I want to welcome you join us in whatever Somatic Movement or Reiki offerings call to you.

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Create wellness and transformation in your life with a group of Visionaries

Coming back to a busy schedule after Thanksgiving weekend, I am feeling very grateful for my teaching practice as a structure that deepens my own self-care.  As I prepare for the Self-Care and Somatic Wellbeing for Visionaries and Leaders workshop series, I am reminded how consciously creating ways to share the practices I love, helps me to deepen into these practices as well.  I’m grateful for the spiraling, cyclical nature of the work I do, where giving opens doors to receiving, teaching engenders learning, and creating brings me into co-creation and discovery with others.
As I plan for this new workshop series, I am so grateful to be beginning yet another cycle of co-creation.  I am inspired by the  incredible group of creative visionaries who are already  gathering for the series.  I feel enlivened as I dive into notes from previous workshops I’ve led, courses I’ve taken, and the writings of other Somatic Educators.  And as I stay tuned to the particular needs and challenges of my clients and community of movers and shakers, the challenges that I face become so clearly part of the learning that feeds into the teaching, and on…
I am very much looking forward to beginning the in-person journey of these workshops January, and I want to warmly welcome you and your communities to join us.  Space is limited, and the Early Bird Discount ends this Friday 11/30. Reply to this email if you are interested or have any questions at all, orclick here to learn more.
In gratitude,
Lee
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