The Snake Story

Terry Gorski tells one of my favourite stories. Heard many years ago when I first started working with people in recovery, it goes something like this. “One day, walking in a frozen wintry forest, I almost trip on something. When I look down I see a snake,...

Sniffing judgment

Taking a break from writing yesterday (what better way than set the timer for five minutes and head over to Facebook for some entertainment?) I stumbled across this fabulous blog by Gretchen Schmelzer, Ph.D. on healing shame. She likens it to a high altitude climb...

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

I was raised to think poetry had to rhyme. Pretty limiting, but there we have it. So it was with joy and amazement I discovered a whole other world of gorgeous poetry, mostly courtesy my work at Strozzi Institute www.strozziinstitute.com where its founder,...

Token of your love

Christmas cards languishing “on sale” and already Valentine’s day cards available on the next shelf. Yikes! I’m sad the original opportunity to pen love notes to a sweetheart has disappeared in favour of what even Wikipedia dubs a Hallmark...

Not sober yet….

He snuck through the “out” doors on the bus, unseen by the driver. Wearing a suit, no tie, at first glance the man appeared to simply be flouting the rules. As the bus rolled on towards Paddington, his head leaned against the window and I had my first inkling all was...

AA Anxiety

This morning I baulked at the door of an AA meeting. As I hurried home through the early dawn light I thought to myself “If I can baulk at the door with a few weeks short of twenty-five years of sobriety under my belt, how must it be for the newcomer? Or the...

In search of the Dragon Tail

Working somatically is one of the joys of my life. Describing it with eloquence certainly one of the challenges. My teacher Dr. Richard Strozzi-Heckler has often said “it’s like trying to learn to swim from a book” – better to jump in the water and actually...

Remembering to Ground and Centre?

It may have been a while since you were in a room with others, being guided to breathe-ground-centre. Perhaps b-g-c- is an easy practice for you, readily incorporated into your daily life. How many repetitions have you managed? Well on your way to the three hundred...

From muscle memory to embodiment

Try this. Fold your arms. Easy, effortless, no thought involved, right? Now try folding them the other way. Most likely unnatural, feels a bit weird and awkward, took some conscious thought and planning. You’ve just had the felt experience of the difference between...

Random acts of kindness

“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” Richard Moss, Author Someone I know (let’s call him Oliver) has been practicing slowing down, finding joy in the small things, remembering to take a breath....