This blog is a collection of my sporadic writing and thinking about what I like to refer to as The Feeling Body.
I believe that our bodies hold wisdom. I connect with mine through my senses, movement, memory and relationship. I write about this, and I also teach about this, as a yoga instructor, sex educator and group facilitator. You can find out more about these things under the respective tabs.
I’m currently engaged in graduate study to become a psychotherapist in Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to this, I lived and worked in Toronto, Canada.
If you’re curious about the concept of ‘the feeling body’, here’s a collection of my favourite quotes, books and authors.
“If you are sensuous, you will be surprised at how many riches you have been unaware of. Take care of the body, it is taking care of you.” (Osho, Sex Matters, pg 200).
“Your body knows what to do, and it will do it as long as you sit calmly with it, as you would sit calmly beside a sick or grieving child.” (Emily Nagoski, Come As You Are, pg 129).
“I have found that body-centred practices that enable people to immerse themselves completely in the realm of the senses are the most effective in stirring our dormant, natural consciousness. It is only at the scale of our direct, sensorial interactions with the land around us that we can appropriately notice and respond to the immediate needs of the living world.” (Buzzell & Chalquist, Ecotherapy, pg 109).
“…Clarissa, who never looked at him and seemed to be dancing by and for herself. Her dance was extremely sexual, but not sexy. Her body moved for its own pleasure, not for display, it joyed in sexuality as its own expression.” (Marilyn French, The Women’s Room, pg 407).
“But what else could I do with all that? thinks Nell. All that anxiety and anger, those dubious good intentions, those tangled lives, that blood. I can tell about it or I can bury it. In the end, we’ll all become stories.” (Margaret Atwood, Moral Disorder, pg 213).
“The feeling in my heart for you will be there just the same, no matter what I remember or forget.” (Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant, pg 49).
“…as the great twentieth century body therapist Moshe Feldenkrais put it: ‘You can’t do what you want till you know what you’re doing.’ The implications are clear: to feel present you have to know where you are and be aware of what is going on with you.” (Bessel Van Der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score, pg 92).
“The body keeps the score: If the memory of trauma is encoded in the viscera, in heartbreaking and gut-wrenching emotions, in autoimmune disorders and skeletal/muscular problems, this demands a radical shift in our therapeutic assumptions.” (Bessel Van Der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score, pg 86).