Building Resilience and Finding Freedom: The Power of Self-Care, Vulnerability, Community, and Embodied MovementMay 06, 2023
In our fast-paced world, it can be easy to put self-care on the back burner. We might think that we don't have time for it or that it's selfish to prioritize our own needs. However, when we neglect self-care, it can lead to restrictions in our life and our body. We might feel stuck, overwhelmed, and disconnected from ourselves and others. That's why it's important to encourage self-care, vulnerability, community, and embodied movement to build resilience to support freedom and thriving in life.
The Power of Self-Care, Vulnerability, and Community
Self-care is a vital element of building resilience. It involves taking care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. When we practice self-care, we are better able to cope with stress, manage our emotions, and navigate the ups and downs of life. It's important to prioritize self-care by setting boundaries, saying no when needed, and making time for activities that bring us joy and relaxation.
Vulnerability is another key element of building resilience. It involves being honest and authentic about our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we open ourselves up to new opportunities for growth and connection with others. Vulnerability can help us build deeper relationships and feel a greater sense of belonging in our communities.
Community is another element of building resilience. We all need support from others, and being part of a community can provide that support. Whether it's through family, friends, or social groups, having a network of people we can rely on can help us weather the storms of life. Community can also provide a sense of purpose and meaning, as we work together towards common goals and values.
Embodying these elements through movement
Embodied movement is a powerful tool for building resilience and finding freedom. By exploring movement in a felt-sense way, we can connect with our bodies and develop a deeper understanding of ourselves. This can help us build resilience by increasing our awareness of our physical and emotional responses to stress and finding ways to move through difficult situations.
One example of embodied movement is back bending. When we experience stress and anxiety, we tend to close the front of our body, leading to restrictions in the hips, abdominals, and chest. Back bending can be met with resistance because of this physical response to stress. However, when we find strength through the back line of our body, we can release tension and create spaciousness through the belly, solar plexus, and heart. This allows us to breathe more deeply and find new freedom in our movement.
Prerecorded Classes - Join me in a movement exploration
This month, I'm inviting you to join me in a movement exploration on the theme of "strong back - open front." We'll explore this concept in a felt-sense embodied practice, using back bending and other movements to find strength and freedom in our bodies. The classes are pre-recorded and available via the masterclass membership, with a shorter 55-minute sequence and a longer 80-minute sequence. In addition, there's a 20-minute meditation for clarity and confidence. With your membership, you'll also get access to six months' worth of past masterclass recordings. Learn more about my movement explorations this month here.
Free Movement Exploration
As a bonus, I'm also offering a free live session on May 21st. In this session, I'll take you through a tutorial on the principles of integrated strength, focusing on the back line of the body. We'll go through simple exercises that you can bring into your daily practice or to your classes. Learn more about my movement explorations this month here.
By nurturing self-care, vulnerability, community, and embodied movement, we can build resilience and find freedom in our lives. I hope you'll join me on this journey towards greater connection, strength, and joy.
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