Posts by leeann

Leveling Up

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Leveling Up

Do you know the kind of feeling you get when things open up and you can see the bigger picture? That’s what my weekend in Arizona at #InsideEdge was like.   The truth is, I could feel it coming. Whether or not we like to admit it, I’m coming to believe we can actually FEEL when we’ve been playing small. Emotionally, it feels like a sense of longing mixed sometimes with a bitterness that gets tweaked when you witness someone else playing a bigger game. Physically it feels tight, like a skin that doesn’t quite fit. It may come with a quick-paced, franticness, as the body-mind darts...

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Depth: Honoring Past, Inviting Future

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Depth: Honoring Past, Inviting Future

Lean forward. A little more. Feel the sun on your face. Feel your shoulders pressed into the space ahead. Open your eyes. Look out at the world. Don’t just look…peer. With a sense of searching, of curiosity, of yearning, let your gaze pierce into the unknown before you… In your body, there is a sense of alertness. And openness. In your mood, a sense of anticipation. “I’m ready,” you think. In the discourse of Somatics, the front of the body, and the space ahead, represents the future space. Our relationship with creation, with longing, with vision and with drive can all be...

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Width: Centering in Connection

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Width: Centering in Connection

Sometimes I’m happy. I’m outspoken. I’m available. Sometimes you can feel me. I’m like a door that is wide open. You walk inside. There’s plenty of room for both of us. My energy is expansive. My mood is open. My physical body is relaxed. I take up space side to side. I laugh loudly. I connect. On other days it feels as though I want to curl up in a ball. Maybe figuratively. Maybe even literally. On those days it’s hard for you to find me. I feel absent. I am tight. I am sullen. I am quiet. My skin feels like a sweater that doesn’t quite fit anymore. You try to reach in, but...

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Length: Centering in Dignity

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Length: Centering in Dignity

When was the last time you took a stand for your dignity? A few months ago, a mentor reflected to me that I seemed to lack “backbone.” She pointed out the ways in which I’m prone to losing myself in others’ stories, giving away my core values and riding the wave of other people’s emotions. She noted that, at times, I can’t even find my own point of view – I’m so worried of what she will think. On one hand, that rang true. How many times in my life have I found myself facing another human being in a state of collapse? And yet, there’s another side. Challenge me harder...

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Moving from Center… Again

Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Moving from Center… Again

Take a breath… Feel your feet on the floor… Notice your belly rise and fall… It’s easy enough to be centered in your body (and your life) while calmly sitting still. In a yoga class, or a quiet den, the context lovingly supports your goal. But can you stay present and connected to your self when things start moving fast? Even out of control? What happens to your state of ease and grace when life throws you a curve ball?   There’s no doubt about it. Centering in motion is a skill worth investing the time and energy to develop. And yes, I said skill – not tip, quick...

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