Becoming Benjamin Button
Did you ever see that movie about the man who ages backwards?
Looking back on the last 10 years, that feels a lot like me.
One of the comments I hear most these days is how much energy I have — and how it seems to be increasing rather than decreasing with every year that goes by.
I hike over 3 miles every day. And I bound up stairs two at a time.
Yet a decade years ago I’d think twice before even climbing a set of stairs.
My knees hurt every day. If I exercised, they’d swell. And if I chose to go to a party and dance? Forget about it. I knew I’d pay for it later.
At that point my mom already had her knees replaced. And my younger sister was well on the way.
At the same time, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis was affecting nearly every system in my body. (Even the issue with my knees was a side effect of that.)
All this was happening despite doing everything my doctors told me to.
My weight crept up 30 pounds more than what is healthy for me. And my stomach was constantly giving me trouble.
And even though I cherished my business, my energy for even that was flagging.
My students and clients starting asking if I had a succession plan in place. And I was only in my mid-50s!
That’s when I realized I needed to slow down, reassess my life, and make some serious changes.
Otherwise I wouldn’t even be around for the next 10 years ahead.
I began by looking at my diet to see how I could reduce the chronic inflammation.
I tuned into the foods that enhanced my functioning — and cut out the ones that drained me.
I started eating mostly organic and non-GMO whenever possible. Lots of protein, healthy fats and fresh vegetables. Very little sugar. And no soy, dairy or gluten.
Slowly things improved because my food was working with me instead of against me.
I lost 30 pounds. And I stuck with the program.
Now when someone waves a basket of warm bread in front of me, I laugh and say, “That bread might smell good, but if I ate it I’d feel like a boa constrictor digesting a pig!”
(Not the most delicate analogy, I know. But it sure gets them off my back.)
By November 2015 I was at a healthy weight. And my knees felt so much better.
That’s when things unexpectedly began SNOWBALLING — in an even more energizing way.
I discovered a device that was recommended by a colleague who’s a physics-trained PhD.
And I began experimenting with it in my own life and with my private clients.
The results? I had even more energy. (And my clients did, too.) Which in turn enhanced my creativity.
I wrote an entire second book. And I began teaching online workshops through The Shift Network.
And all this fresh energy, it wasn’t just in my head. My acupuncturist of many years confirmed it.
Finally, I also had what it took to leave a 32-year marriage that had long before become irreconcilable.
Now I’m dating. And there are way too many lessons to list here. (You’ll have to stay tuned for updates. 🙂 )
In the meantime, here’s to you — and to me — and to becoming even younger and more energized in the decade ahead.
Leadership & Presence
Residential Study Program
Presence is the hidden key to successful leadership.
The more present we are in ourselves, the more present we can be with someone else.
This monthlong program offers experiential work designed to help you pay attention to the subtle cues you receive from your body and the surrounding environment all the time.
This will give you access to your own, highly valuable inner landscape — the wisdom of your body-mind-spirit, which significantly enhances your ability to be more fully present as a leader.
In this month we will share how to:
• Assess your energy reservoir and refill when you are depleted
• Increase your capacity to be present versus doing all the time
• Grow awareness of, but not absorb, the emotions of others
• Make healthy connections (empathy versus sympathy)
• Stay openhearted and clearheaded
• Have more powerful leadership conversations
The Essence of the Heart
Filmed in Reston Virginia, October 27-31, 2006
This professionally filmed DVD series offers a profound look at the essence of the heart and its contribution to living joyfully. In our culture today, the brain is often thought to be the dominant factor controlling our quality of life. While the brain may be responsible for maintaining the neurological connections of daily life, the heart is the master of what is most important. Our sense of connection to life, compassion and love, patience and forgiveness all come from an open, healthy heart. Emilie presents breath and intrinsic movement sequences as they relate to the heart. Suzanne presents the anatomy, inner guided explorations, and hands-on protocols. Come away with a deeper, clearer connection to your own heart, as well as how to hold a healing space for another.
DVD format: 9 DVDs per set for 20 hours of instruction
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Do you rely on your gut instinct? Or trust the guidance of your heart?
Or seek wisdom from your bones? (An idea most people find bizarre until they discover how to activate it!)
Your body is extremely wise… with six unique (and often underutilized) wisdom centers.
This innate wisdom can guide you to take right action when you’re confused… settle you in times of overwhelm… and help you get clear and centered (and stay there!) even in the craziest of situations.
Yet, when you cut off your body’s innate knowing, you also block your most reliable resource for keeping yourself safe, calm, and grounded.
Your body doesn’t lie. The sensations you feel are spontaneous. They don’t stop to rationalize, judge, or censor — that’s your mind taking over, attempting to deal with stress, keep you safe, push away pain, or otherwise cope. And that is not sustainable, especially in the challenging times we live in.
So how can you harness your body’s wisdom so you can regroup, recenter… and respond in new ways to old and new stress?
This powerful, 60-minute mini-workshop with leading conscious awareness instructor Suzanne Scurlock will help you start to find your way back to this inner compass.
Whether you’re in an election season, the holiday season, or a season of change… there’s a greater potential for discord at the dinner table this time of year. Differing political views among your loved ones, friends and in the collective, can stress your body, mind, emotions, and relationships.
Suzanne’s Annual Workshop for Women Comes to the East Coast!
Suzanne’s Annual Workshop for Women
Comes to the East Coast!
Ready to Reclaim Your Power, Sexuality and Pleasure Potential?
You have a unique power of creativity in your reproductive system — not only to foster new life, but to bring fulfilling new projects into being.
Unfortunately that energy is often blocked by physical, emotional or spiritual trauma to the pelvic floor and the female organs.
In this course — for women only — you’ll take a safe and sacred journey to heal the pelvic floor, which often holds our deepest wounds, and our greatest wisdom.
And you’ll leave with a whole new sense of pleasure and empowerment in being a women.
It’s Your Power. Own It!
Did You Know? Skills to Energize Your Life is for everyone!
Full Body Presence: Skills to Energize Your Life (HFSEL) is a weekend workshop designed for a broad spectrum of people and professionals, including teachers, parents and other caregivers, business managers and leaders, and members of the lay public. It offers practical skills for maintaining healthy boundaries in one’s life, as well as tools for re-charging your system, enabling you to remain energized throughout the day, no matter what presents itself.
For healthcare professionals, HFSEL offers practical skills today that can be used in your practice immediately, enhancing your therapeutic presence and boosting client and patient outcomes. We couldn’t fit these handy tools in the four day Grounding & Healthy Boundaries, so we gave them a workshop all their own!