You would think that given that our bodies are the external, tangible, physical parts of us, that we would all know our bodies super well. However, as someone who experienced extensive medical trauma as a child, lived with chronic pain and fatigue issues for most of my life, and grew up in a religious community that devalued the body, I realized a few years ago that I didn't really know, listen to, understand or respond to my body ... at all! But why does that matter?
I spent eight years working as a doula. In that time I attended fifty births, and supported mentee doulas attending dozens of other births. And while every birth was different, there was one constant that helped me get all of my mamas through their big days (or nights), and that was Rhythm, Ritual and Rest.* But as I moved into more and more coaching work, I realized that this principal holds true in the rest of life as well.
One of the realities of developing a condition that involves a significant amount of fatigue is that you end up hearing an awful lot about the need to set boundaries. And as a parent of kids with autism, and a wife to a husband with autism – as a person who wants and even needs… Continue reading Grounded Not Bounded
What if each one of us was created to be a unique, integrated person - with our heart, soul, mind and strength working together to help us to do the things we were created to do and be the person we were made to be? What if each one of us experienced brokenness - over… Continue reading Towards Wholeness