“In urgent times, many of us are tempted to address trouble in terms of making an imagined future safe, of stopping something from happening that looms in the future, of clearing away the present and the past in order to make futures for coming generations. Staying with the trouble does not require such a relationship to times called the future. In fact, staying with the trouble requires a learning to be truly present...” — Donna J. Haraway: Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene
Feeling present and embodied is not an easy task for many of us. It can feel really abstract. It can feel really impossible sometimes, too. There is plenty, in these troubled times, to wish to escape and disconnect from. There are parts of our experience, and the world outside of us, that can feel overwhelming. But we lose parts of ourselves when we don’t feel the depth or the size of our feelings, when we push them down deep. We lose our connection to others when we turn away from the world. Sometimes it might feel like we will never feel ok again but these troubled times ask us to stay present, to stay open, to witness.
Breathwork is about tuning into our bodies, tuning into our internal and emotional landscape. Are there parts of us overwhelmed by grief? Anger? Is there maybe some joy living alongside the deep pain and grief? Are there parts of ourselves that are waiting to be witnessed? Waiting to come back alive? Are there parts of us, even in the trouble, that are okay? The group container will help hold you so you can do the individual work of tending to and witnessing yourself, of staying in the trouble so that we can each find out what kind of deeper wisdom lives inside of us.
Breathwork is a 2-part active meditation that helps bring attention to the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences living in our bodies. It connects us to the outdated stories we carry while reconnecting us to joy, clarity, creativity and aliveness. Breathwork reminds us we all, each of us, hold the power within ourselves to shift and heal parts of ourselves. It’s you and your breath; the breath is the medicine and our bodies are wise. It’s a psychedelic and transcendent experience.
This workshop is lovingly open to all genders. Bring your wise body (of course!), your curiosity, a pen and notebook, wear comfortable clothing and, if you would like to, bring an eye pillow or cover.
Please note: Breathwork stirs up deep emotional experiences with the intention of lightening your load but it can also be a lot. It is my deep desire to create a space that feels nurturing and supportive.