Mothering, Studying, Holding, Listening, Birthing

 ^ Sunday morning wildflowers ^

I feel like I’ve been swaddled in my cocoon-of-school the past couple of years and am beginning to break open the sticky swath of papers and logistics to licensure as a psychotherapist! This time two years ago I’d just been accepted to graduate school and dove into a busy summer home with two small children. After a few sweaty months of zinc-laden sunscreen smearing and Popsicle dripping came August 2016 where I stacked my days with classes, Powerpoint printouts, and babysitter to-do lists.

Last week, my sitter came for the last regularly scheduled Thursday – park, bath, veggie tray, fish sticks, bath, bed – and I wrapped my internship that evening. Now as I pause in the month of May and await finalizing my licensure application and official green light to practice body-based counseling, what I know for sure is: I’m preparing again a) to convince my kids (and myself) that sunscreen is better than burns(!) and b) to step barefoot in sticky red, juicy drops inevitably left behind by two little boys. Both of those things can be frustrating and sweet at the same time, where pleasure pushes against boundaries and I have to practice gracefully making space for both.

While graduate school was a full-bodied experience – and not just the content learned but my internal stretching, flexing and growth – I will always lean first into my experience of mothering to inform me of the importance of listening. Listening to understand. Listening to empathize. Listening to hold. Listening to nudge. Listening to see and to hear.

“My own time on earth has led me to believe in two powerful instruments that turn experience into love: holding and listening. For every time I have held or been held, every time I have listened or been listened to, experience burns like wood in that eternal fire and I find myself in the presence of love.” ~ poet & philosopher Mark Nepo

Since the concepts of holding and listening are keys to healing and thriving, I’m offering these two elements in two different upcoming workshop series. One is for helpers. One is for practitioners. Both will focus on three things:

  1. the power of reparative relationships,
  2. body-based practices using yoga as the initial groundwork, and 
  3. archetypal mothering as a way to soothe disordered or emotional eating.  (Spoiler Alert!…Mother Earth plays a role.)

Stay tuned and I’ll update with more workshop details as I birth the final pieces into concrete details. In the meantime, I hope you’ll pay attention the reminder of wild possibility and bounty Earth provides in the form of spring wildflowers!  ❤

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