A Few Thoughts About Recent Events

    I’ve been carefully observing how my teachers, mentors and colleagues are responding to the current political situation. A few have chosen to remain silent but most have spoken out in outrage and despair about the events of the past week. The ones that I feel most aligned with are asking themselves about how they can contribute in their role as an expert in body-centered practices to work towards positive change beyond the important work of helping individuals. I align myself with those teachers and below you will find some of their thoughts and suggestions. I personally always return to the words of Rabbi Hillel, a contemporary of Jesus who is highly revered in Jewish traditions and…

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I like to believe…

I like to believe that the more we connect with our bodies, the more compassionate we become.¹ And yet, I don’t know if that’s actually true—maybe we just become more of who we already are. ² I also like to believe the words of a Jewish daily morning prayer—Elohai Neshama—whose first line translates as, “God, the soul that you have placed within me is pure. ”³ And yet, I don’t know if that is actually true – maybe a few of us are born with a skin of evil  (Star Trek reference). ⁴ ⁵ While I can’t know that what I like to believe is absolute truth, I can attempt to embody these precepts and live as if they are.…

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