Sundays 10AM Eastern March 7 through April 25 (no class Easter Sunday)
Zoom No. 582 534 511 Passcode 469878
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As we head into year two of the pandemic, I continue to welcome you to come free. If you are financially secure and can pay, please do so using the donation button at the bottom of the page to contribute an amount you choose. As always, classes are free for regulars in our daily practice. Thank you!

What are you feeling right now? What emotions are you experiencing? What sensations are in your body?

There is a thought component to feelings. We have memories that come as images and words and they evoke emotion.

We feel emotions in our body. We say I feel like crying when we feel a certain sensation in our chest and throat. The heat of anger rolls over our chest and neck and makes us sweat. There can be a heaviness in the chest of grief. A warm joy in the heart center. The coldness and contracted muscles when we feel left out or excluded. The feeling of impending doom that might bring our shoulders up around our ears. The loose relaxation in our limbs when we are feeling safe. We may not be aware of it, but feelings always involve our bodies.

What are the messages you heard as a child about feelings? You’re too sensitive. Go to your room until you can come back with a smile on your face. Shut up or I’ll give you something to cry about. Or maybe you just felt uncomfortable because no one in your family expressed their feelings.

A variety of feelings come as we remember past experiences. Difficult emotional experiences might have felt overwhelming when we were a child and we were unable to “process” them, to feel them. When we (our adult self) are able to be present with those experiences, we can fully feel emotion, perhaps for the first time.

“The most common characteristic of adult suffering is self-hatred, and the most common focus of this is our feelings. Most of us were attacked, shamed or abandoned for being emotional at very early ages. We were forced to renounce our feelings. Many had parents who were divorced from their emotional natures. Afraid and ashamed of our emotions and our inner experience, we do not inhabit the parts of our bodies that generate loving feelings.” Pete Walker, the Tao of Fully Feeling

We explore and inquire from a polyvagal and trauma informed perspective. Our nervous system and primitive brain generate much of our thought and emotion and it is based on evidence from our life experiences. As we understand that we are not broken or fundamentally wrong, we can see our childhood strategies from a new perspective. We are able to deeply connect with ourselves with kindness and compassion.

Join us Sundays 10AM Eastern March 7 through April 25 (no class Easter Sunday).
Zoom No. 582 534 511 Passcode 469878

As we head into year two of the pandemic, I continue to welcome you to come free. If you are financially secure and can pay, please do so using the donation button to contribute an amount you choose. As always, classes are free for regulars in our daily practice. Thank you!


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