Monthly Archives: August 2011

Let the Day Breathe You

As I settle back in, here in Virginia, even with the glorious sunny weather, I am moving quite slowly (independent of my healing foot.) I find myself needing to touch, open, clear out and reorganize things around my house. I call it piddling around. It grounds me in some way I don’t really consciously understand. I have put on music and gone through my mail. I have watered plants, pinching …

 

The Gifts of Imperfection

On the flight home from California last night I read Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Many of my students have been telling me about the book saying things like, “Brene Brown has written about what we do in the Healing From the Core workshops, Suzanne. You have to read this book. Her …

 

Grief is Not Too High a Price for Love

This time here at Esalen has felt quite rich in many ways and one of those ways was being here for the death and grieving process of a long standing community member Montgomery London. She died suddenly of a heart attack the morning I arrived.

The thing that touched me first about her death was entering into this community as we grieved the loss. Josef, her husband, was so present …

 

Letting in the Love – Reclaiming Our Innocence

As we bring our week here to a close, I am struck by the ways in which we as human beings can let in the love that is around us all the time. My main staff person this month, Chery Owens, wrote an exquisite piece on innocence and  the process of reclaiming it (more on that tomorrow if she will share it.) The group of us who have gathered here …

 

Profound Simplicity

As we finish this week of Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries, Karen Axelrod and I are discussing the threads that helped weave the group together this week.

The first thread was a readiness to heal that everyone brought to the table. There was an ease with which everyone entered their process. What resistance there was melted easily in the presence of such a cohesive group.

The second …

 

Life in the Esalen Lane

The Ocean at Dawn

The Ocean at Dawn

As I go through my final week here, I am cherishing my connections to this place. I thrive on the clear, cool air. I am fed deeply by the garden flowers of all scents, sizes and colors shining in the sunlight. The humming birds and monarchs are everywhere this year – dive bombing us with no fear.

Then there is the ocean – the beautiful, wild …

 

Gratitude for Healing From the Core

As this day draws to a close I am in awe of what has come through in this Healing From the Core workshop. Tonight at dinner with my staff member, Karen Axelrod, we talked about how the title and description of the workshop doesn’t do justice to the depth of healing that occurs. It was a powerful, exquisitely beautiful day of healing from the DNA level within the cells, right …

 

Staying in the Present in Times of Transition

“Suzanne, I need your help – I got rear ended several days ago and I cannot seem to shake it off. My neck and back are still in pain, even though it was not a high impact event. At the time I was rushing, late for a wedding, having gotten stuck in traffic.”

With these words we dived into our phone session. It helps me to know the larger context …