9 Sundays 10AM ET Jul 5 - Aug 30, FREE
I am glad you’re here
Take a respite from anxiety and fear
Life feels surreal. How could it change so drastically? In early March, we were dealing with our normal life and stresses when the Covid-19 pandemic hit in North America. In late May, we watched George Floyd being murdered by a police officer and millions of outraged people take to the streets. We now live in a different world.
We are afraid of sudden change because our nervous system triggers our survival responses of flight /fight /freeze /fawn. We feel powerless. Afraid. Full of dread. What will happen? How will I know the best thing to do?
Join us free live online daily
New Expanded Nervous System Rest
Includes time for your insights and concerns
Two Effective Antidotes to Fear
– Educate yourself about the virus (and don’t over-do it)
– Educate yourself about #blacklivesmatter, systemic racism and commit to change
– Calm your system with practices like these
– Take practical steps to protect yourself
– Work with your mind to lessen catastrophic thinking
– Donate and volunteer as you are able
Kindness, Compassion and Connection
– Reach out to people by phone or online video
– Cultivate compassion for yourself and others whose nervous systems are highly activated now
– Be patient with yourself and others as we struggle with emotional self-regulation and fatigue
– Practice kindness and reassurance to calm fear
When Crisis Hits
We are all affected when crisis trauma happens. It could be a tragic accident, a sudden death or loss. This course is for you if you are experiencing that now or if you would like to be prepared by building resilience and strength. First 10 people to use this link receive the course free. Preview all 4 courses, Details and Coupons
10AM Eastern July 5 through August 30
Join us! I have waived fees for these classes during the Pandemic. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/582534511
Like Pavlov’s dog, we are all conditioned. All the way through human history, our likelihood of survival has been higher when we are included in the family or immediate community. We will do pretty much anything to not get kicked out. What does childhood conditioning look like in adult life?
As a child you knew to be quiet when you got “the look”. As an adult in a meeting with a stern boss, you sink back into your chair, don’t contribute your ideas, then get mad at yourself for not speaking up.
Being ridiculed as a child for crying or being “too sensitive”, you went numb to avoid being shamed and manipulated. As an adult, you are absorbed in thoughts and have trouble with actually feeling. You zone out a lot. You are dissatisfied with the shallowness of your relationships and have trouble opening up with people. Looking back, you feel grief over missed opportunities for connection.
You had an unpredictable childhood and you lived for those sweet times when your family had fun together. For months you came home from school to parents who were engaged and stable then one day it shifted again. You became an expert at reading people. You find yourself with social anxiety, unable to relax your vigilance enough to enjoy being around people. Experiences turn into beliefs. I can’t count on people. I am on my own.
Conditioning is in our animal body, our primitive brain and nervous system, and it operates below the level of ordinary awareness. Enter mindfulness inquiry. Open the door and see what really makes you tick.
We form beliefs based on our experiences. A child who is seen, known and loved believes they are lovable. This is positive conditioning based on their own true experience that important people in their life know them, love them, and include them. When children grow up without a secure attachment and with neglect and abuse, we believe it is happening because there is something inherently wrong with us. This colors our experience throughout our life until we see through it and stop shaming ourselves.
Imagine that all of your conditioned beliefs are hanging out in a structure just to the left of your body. To the right is the empty space of freedom, no conditioning, free will. In this experiential nine weeks of classes, we will inquire into major elements of what keeps us mired in the sticky mess of experience and beliefs and experience the open spaciousness of freedom.
“Your life will be governed by what you continue to believe. Your beliefs paint your reality completely.
To you, it might not seem like they are beliefs. They feel like reality.” ~Scott Kiloby
We cover the essentials of “how it works” so you better understand conditioning: your body, feelings, nervous system, shame, judgment and the role of social trust and connection. You will strengthen your capacity to see through and release identification with experiences that commonly lead to core deficiency beliefs of unworthiness and unlovability – that feeling like there is something basically wrong with you.
What are your beliefs? When we look at thoughts in our mind, many of them come and go without much of a ripple. We’re going to work with the ones that cause a reaction – our gut tightens or our mind compulsively goes into catastrophic thinking. This is where the juice is. We’ll use the Reverse Inquiry to reveal what is unconsciously holding us back and the Kiloby Inquiry tools to free ourselves.
Join us! I have waived fees for these classes during the Pandemic. If you have the funds and can afford it, please donate below. As always, classes are free for regulars in daily practice.
9 Sundays 10AM Eastern July 5 through August 30
Women’s Healing Trauma Weekly Group
New session 9 Sundays July 5 – August 30
This is a small group of 10 women. By signing up for this, you are invited to be my guest for my Sunday 10AM class.
We need safe places to speak our truth. To be listened to, believed and experience the trust that grows from a foundation of kindness and respect. These classes can be that place.
Safety IS the treatment. In this experiential series of classes together we do practices to begin and deepen trust in yourself and nurture authentic kindness and compassion within. We cover the essentials of “how it works” so you understand your body, feelings, nervous system, shame, judgment and the essential role of social trust and connection. You strengthen your capacity to see through and release identification with experiences that commonly lead to core deficiency beliefs of unworthiness, unlovability – that feeling like there is something basically wrong with you. Details
Gabor Maté, James S. Gordon, Pete Walker, Joan Tollifson, Rick Hanson, and 10 more amazing women and men generously gave us help during the Radical Recovery Summit. They’re back with pandemic support bringing more FREE programs, workshops and wisdom. Their brief interviews live HERE
The Healing Place Podcast
Thank you Teri Wellbrock for our in-depth look at trauma-healing strategies. It’s a delight to find passionate like-minded people.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and more.
Should you want to watch, we’re on Youtube as well.
It was a thrill to be interviewed by Guy MacPherson on the Trauma Therapist Podcast. I have learned so much from his guests over the years.
Listen on iTunes Episode #304. TraumaTherapist.com
Read my blogs about the experience and reflection on my healing journey.
Interview and Telling the Truth
Not Another Anxiety Show Podcast, with Kelli Walker, R.N., M.S.N.
Not Another Anxiety Show Episode #160
Available on Apple Podcasts (iTunes)