It’s my birthday and I am celebrating one of the best gifts one could receive, being embodied! Nobody gave me this gift, I discovered it on my journey. What is embodied mean to me? Embodied means being in tune with the body internally, and the world around to experience all of the moments, some may call it mindfulness. This amazing journey began in 2005 when I started my study of Body Mapping, exploring the balance of my head! From the balance of the head my curiosity led me to investigate how the spine moves, how the arms impact the balance of the head, and more. Throughout the journey, questions have arisen that led me to amazing discoveries and infinite changes that together make life beautiful. Life has transformed from going through the motions day to day, to experiencing the beauty of the motions. There are many times I would love to stand up on a tall building and tell the world how amazing the process is, so I thought I would start with you and share some of my favorite things…
1. Confronting Fear! Embodiment provides me with a reliable approach to intimidating situations, the ones that used to make me turn the other way. Luckily I didn’t, I faced the fear jumping off the platform at trapeze school into the unknown, a metaphor for facing fear. Today, instead of succumbing to insecurity, I approach these situations by garnering strength and poise on the inside which allow me to face uncomfortable situations head on! Believe it or not, my comfort zone has expanded too!
2. Being present! – A big part of embodiment for me has to do with the way I utilize my awareness. As my awareness has broadened, so to has my enjoyment of all of the wonderful things that happen each day. I love being conscious of where my body is in space, engaging with those around me, and experiencing the playful movements of muscles and bones that accompany everything I do.
3. Never Bored! Mundane activities have become vibrantly alive, full of learning opportunities. Washing dishes is a chance to feel hand & arm movement and the playful way the shoulder blades respond to these movements. Who knew? I use these experiences to empower the movements I use to perform. Life is my learning laboratory for movement.
4. Happiness – Happiness emanates from being embodied, and it is second to none. It is pure joy to experience the playful adjustments that the body intuitively makes throughout the day.
5. Self-Care – Being aware of movement and my body helps me to move more fluidly as I harness the power of good movement to heal discomforts, energize my day and fuel my playing.
6. Friends – I have met and connected with some of the most amazing people on this journey, from fellow body mapping colleagues, to the amazing artists at trapeze school, along with all of the fitness instructors, body workers, students, clients, family and friends. Their energy inspires me to learn more and share what I learn.
I hope something I have said will resonate with you and peak your curiosity. As I read this, I am choked up by the experiences I have had, some of which are simply indescribable, they need to be experienced. The future holds infinite possibilities when we are open to recognizing them. As I blow out the candles on my cake today, I wish all of you the beauty and joy of discovering your own embodiment, making the world a more beautiful place.