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Deepening Course-The Innocence of Love Addiction: exploring our need to be loved

Deepening Course- Embodiment: Getting to know and love all of you.

Thriving over the holidays

Embodiment Through Writing

Women Journey Together

Waking up to aliveness: Discovering wholeness

Deepening Course-The Innocence of Love Addiction: exploring our need to be loved

Like many of us, I started altering my behaviors to please others- to get their attention and love- from a young age. I routinely didn’t have someone to support me when experiencing strong feelings. My emotions were often discounted, and my discomforts were usually treated with medication. I quickly learned to suppress what I felt, and I behaved in such a way as to not cause problems, or push people away. If I did that, I was rewarded with positivity and attention- perhaps what we commonly call love.

Human beings are hard wired for love (or at the very least, attention). When it’s not given and received freely, we innately feel that gap- and we can literally spend the rest of our lives innocently trying to figure out how “to get it,” or figuring out how to cope in its absence. As we try to figure out how to get it, cope in its absence, or deny our needs for it, we often turn to all kinds of addictive behaviors and substances.

Beneath that is an innocent addiction, which fuels all addiction: the want and need to be loved/feel love. Accompanying this is often a fear of being alone/feelings of separation- resulting in the subconscious dance of trying to avoid/fearing rejection, fearing/avoiding intimacy and/or anxiously craving intimacy weaving its innocent way through our lives.

As I matured into adulthood I realized that there was another way to be than trying to figure out how to get love, cope in its absence, or deny the need for it. I discovered that there were other options than numbing myself out, or altering who I was. I discovered that I had the capacity to use mindfulness and inquiry to study my relationship to “the gap” and even to see through that illusive gap altogether I discovered that love, and ultimately wholeness, was (in) me all along, whether I was in relationship or not.

Join me in this course as we explore barriers to feeling and experiencing love. I will compassionately and gently journey with you as you get to know your innocently developed strategies, core beliefs, and blockages which have contributed to harmful behaviors in an attempt to feel and experience love, but which ultimately yield a sense of separation and pain.

This course will utilize the Living Inquiries, the N.O.W. practice, natural rest, breathing techniques, and some gentle body movement to explore your various experiences- shame, trauma, depression, anxiety, compulsions, identities, body contractions, debilitating thoughts and/or memories and more. You will also become familiar with the nervous system, vigilance centers, the fight-flight-freeze responses, attachment theory, and learn about ways to support and be kind and loving with your self. Lastly, you will get to experience the different inquiries first hand, and be able to practice skills for learning how to self-inquire.

Deepening Course- Embodiment: Getting to know and love all of you.

Embodiment: Getting to know and love all of you.

From a past participant: “I deeply appreciate Lisa’s genuine knowledge, her generosity, dedication, and personal integrity when it comes to the content of the course. Every word spoken came from the heart and from personal experience, rather that being a mere theory. This made me listen with a curious mind and open heart, happy to receive every point she was making. It all made sense to me on a base level. I also enjoyed the community she created, which was coloured by a non-judgmental attitude to all questions asked or comments made. I felt safe and welcomed.”

Embodiment is about being fully present with the “here and now” of life. Aligning with and attending to safety in the present moment is an important aspect of being able to journey through current day challenges as well a traumatic/difficult experiences from our childhoods/past. In this Embodiment Deeping Course we will explore how to develop the ability and capacity to slow down so that we can gently and safely turn attention toward the present moment while simultaneously tuning into our experience of the present moment- whatever they may be. We will curiously explore the realm of aliveness in our experience- sensations, energies and feelings. We’ll also be inquiring into all the thoughts and images, taking a look at what seems true, and then experiencing what’s actually true. We’ll explore barriers to experiencing wholeness, and useful resources in developing kindness with our experiences- especially with those we tend to turn away from.

When we don’t know ourselves we aren’t aware of thoughts we’re having, or our relationship to them. When we don’t know ourselves we aren’t aware of what triggers us, or even that we’re triggered. When we don’t know ourselves we don’t know what we need or want, or what has been missing with regards to our needs and wants. When we don’t know ourselves we don’t know what we’re feeling, or if it’s safe to feel. When we don’t know ourselves we become at the mercy of forces outside ourselves to take care of us because we don’t know ourselves well enough to take care of ourselves. When we don’t know ourselves it’s like having a party and all the guests showing up with masks on. Can you imagine such a party? I’m guessing there would be very little intimacy or connection. How can we love ourselves, how can we have compassion for ourselves, if we’re disconnected from ourselves?

When we know ourselves we are aware of our thoughts and if they have significance for us. When we know ourselves we know our needs and wants, and how to get them met without resorting to drama or manipulation. When we know ourselves we’re familiar with sensations, and how to connect with them in a way that feels safe. When we know ourselves we can develop a reservoir of inner resourcing, which empowers us and makes it possible for us to hold space for ourselves, love ourselves and offer compassion to ourselves. When we know ourselves we no longer feel like children caught in adult bodies, but capable human beings. When we know ourselves, we are aware- we are self-aware.

This course will utilize the Living Inquiries, the N.O.W. practice, natural rest, breathing techniques, and some gentle body movement to explore your various experiences- shame, trauma, depression, anxiety, compulsions, identities, body contractions, debilitating thoughts and/or memories and more. You will also become familiar with the nervous system, vigilance centers, the fight-flight-freeze responses, and learn about ways to support and be kind and loving with your self. Lastly, you will get to experience the different inquiries first hand, and be able to practice skills for learning how to self-inquire. I will be facilitating and guiding you in practices which will start to re-wire your nervous system and limbic system in ways that are profound.

Thriving over the holidays

Post election and pre-holidays… people’s nervous systems are often STRESSED OUT!!!

This course will focus on practical and impactful information and practices that will help you to help yourself during this stressful time. We will be spending a lot of time on how you can support your nervous systems, so that you can be more present and less stressed. This is the third year I’ll be offering this course. It can make a profound difference to take care of yourself. A past participant had this to say “It was a powerful course at a difficult time. Timely. I definitely have tools and processes that can support me and my inquiry processes going forward.”

For many people the holidays in November and December are highly charged with too much travel, visitors or visiting, presents to buy, shortage of time, anxiety, food, sugar, alcohol, celebrating, family, money and over-stimulation of the senses. Add in pressure to feel jolly and be a big happy family and it’s no wonder we’re stressed.

This year has the added impact of a post election process that has left many in stress responses, PTSD, and/or fight/flight/freeze experiences. This is all fruitful ground for inquiry, but before that we must take care of our nervous systems. A course that is filled with guided practices, discussion, and support, plus 1:1 facilitations, could make a real difference this year!

During this course we’ll explore ways to support ourselves and our families. Inquiry will include looking at words and images of how we think we should feel at this time of year and what these sensations, energies and feelings in the body seem to mean. We’ll cover practical strategies, positive self-care, guided inquiry, breathing and in-the-moment ways to calm down and be present. In every class we will explore self-care through breathing and guided practices that calm and release triggers, allowing us to finally relax.

Perhaps most importantly, you will get 6 private sessions where you’ll get to explore the challenges you are currently facing- whether it’s about the holidays, or politics, or perhaps the combination. Many people are wondering how they will be able to have a peaceful holiday with family with all the political strife underway. Exploring our concerns before the holidays can lead to increased harmony and peace during the holidays.

Embodiment Through Writing

A deepening course: Embodiment and Writing.

Embodiment is about being fully present with the “here and now” of life. In this Embodiment Deeping Course we’ll be taking an honest look into how we experience life, and the impact this has on us. We’ll inquire into thoughts, images, sensations—and taking a look at what seems true, and then experiencing what’s actually true. Particularly important, we’ll be spending a lot of time exploring the bodily sensations and energies that arise.

Writing has been a profound medium in my embodiment journey and I love to share it with others. There is no skill requirement- anyone who can type or write longhand is welcome! We will engage in various writing exercises throughout the course that will help you to have access into your direct experiences in new and profound ways. All writings will be kept private unless you wish to share.

This course will utilize the Living Inquiries, the N.O.W. practice, natural rest, breathing techniques, and some gentle body movement to explore your various experiences- depression, anxiety, compulsions, identities, body contractions, debilitating thoughts and/or memories and more. You will also become familiar with the nervous system, vigilance centers, the fight-flight-freeze responses, and learn about ways to support and be kind and loving with your self. Lastly, you will get to experience the different inquiries first hand, and be able to practice skills for learning how to self-inquire.

Women Journey Together

A deepening course, Just for women.

Women often request “women’s only” deepening courses. This makes sense because culture impacts the genders differently and sometimes it makes sense to create a distinct container especially built to honor these differences. We will give space to explore expressions which are often considered “taboo” in culture: anger, shame, guilt, sadness, pleasure and the various ways these expressions show up: mothering, how we were parented, sex/sexuality, relationship, career, body image, compulsions/addictions, etc. We will use this shared space for participants to share, explore, listen and be present with each other. Verbal participation in the group is strictly optional.

The Living Inquiries and Natural Rest are helpful in creating a lived experience of safety. We will be exploring our experiences by utilizing the Living Inquiries, the N.O.W. practice, natural rest, breathing techniques, and body movement. We will engage in certain exercises so that you will be able to safety engage in the bounty of aliveness that flows through your being. We will also explore and become familiar with the nervous system, our vigilance centers, the fight flight freeze response, and ways to support and be kind and loving with our selves. Through honing our skills of attention, you will learn to able to be with your experiences rather then turn away from them. Lastly, you will practice skills for learning how to self-inquire. This will truly be a room of our own, to discover our journeys as women.

Waking up to aliveness: Discovering wholeness

I often hear about the following experiences from clients that go something like this: they can’t feel/they feel dead, or they feel too much/are overwhelmed by what they do feel. Said another way: there seems to be a lack of feeling, so they conclude they are broken (/something is wrong with them/other deficiency story); they feel too much so they conclude they are broken; or they should be experiencing sensations differently than how they are, so they conclude are broken. Instead of feeling connected to the/their aliveness and life force they experience disconnect or detachment. The sensations they do experienced are often perceived to be dangerous, wrong, and point to a deficient self- a person who is not good enough, not loveable, unworthy, broken, dirty, unsafe.

In this deepening course we’ll be exploring how we can connect to our present moment experience in ways that feel simple and safe. We will gently and slowly explore the realm of aliveness in our experience- sensations, energies and feelings. We’ll also be inquiring into all the thoughts and images, taking a look at what seems true, and then experiencing what’s actually true. We’ll explore barriers to experiencing wholeness, and useful resources in developing a kind relationship with our experiences.

I will be facilitating and guiding you in practices which will start to re-wire your nervous system and limbic system in ways that are profound.

You will have recordings so that you can practice on your own between class dates, which will help replace old habitual behaviors with new useful behaviors. All of this will set the stage for self-facilitation.

This course will use the Living Inquiries and guided rest practices to explore your experiences – shame, trauma, depression, anxiety, compulsions, identification, body contractions, debilitating thoughts and/or memories and more.

Let’s explore aliveness in all its vastness! Contact Lisa for more information:llmeuser@me.com

To read more about embodiment:
http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/05/embodiment-10-things-to-know-about-this-buzz-word-lisa-meuser/

For more, visit my blog, where I write almost exclusively about embodiment. http://integrativehealingnow.com/blog/