Therapy ~ EMDR ~
Q: What is Somatic Consciousness?
A: Somatization generally refers to
when a person's psychological discomfort is expressed in the body as a
physical complaint (two common examples are: I'm stressed at work and I
get a headache, I'm afraid of talking in front of an audience and
get diarrhea, or I'm feeling butterflies in my stomach as I think about
..."). Somatic is a Greek word that means
relating to the body and consciousness is really about being aware.
Thus, "Somatic Consciousness" is just a general term I use to describe
can become more mindful and present in your body, to your visceral
sensations and feelings. When you learn to be yourself, to be genuine
and really IN the moment, you can observe and participate in the process
without becoming emotionally overwhelmed.
is a journey that asks you to focus on being PRESENT in the MOMENT.
Practicing in your daily life the tasks of paying attention, asking
questions, acknowledging and surrendering to reality as it is, making
choices and accepting consequences.
This is not an
easy path and it takes courage to embark on the road of discovery. You
won't do this perfectly. With consistent practice you'll make progress
who you REALLY are, and not who you think you are based on what others
have told you and that you have automatically believed is a goal of
psychotherapy, which is just one of many tools that can be used to
helping you discover your true self, become more aware of the lies that
keep you stuck and challenge you to change what you can. The journey
becomes the focus, and the process becomes the learning.
Staying with your thoughts and
feelings is the first, and most important step, to learning about who you really are.
Otherwise, it's virtually impossible to get to know yourself. How
can you change what you don't know needs changing!?
because it's serious business to self-evolve, doesn't mean that we
can't have some fun along the way. After all, we humans can be funny
Mr. Miyagi: “First
wash all cars, then wax. Remember deal: no questions. Wax on, right
hand, wax off, left hand. Breathe in through nose, out of mouth, don't
forget to breathe, very important.” ~ Weintraub, J. (Producer),
& Avildsen, J.G. (Director). (1984). The Karate Kid [Motion
picture]. United States: Delphi Films, Columbia Pictures Corporation.
movement from moment to moment.” ~ Krishnamurti
while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us,
thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a
nuisance, then we are not "washing the dishes to wash the dishes." What's more, we are not alive during
the time we are washing the
dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of
life while standing at the sink. If we can't wash the dishes, the
chances are we won't be able to drink our tea either. While drinking
the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware
of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked
away into the future -- and
we are incapable of actually living one minute of life." ~
Thích Nhất Hạnh (1999). The
Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation.
Beacon Press: Boston.
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