One of my favorite phrases is “Tat Tvam Asi”, or Thus thou art. A more common English way of saying this is “There but by the grace of god, go I”. I love this phrase so much, because it reminds me that I could be anyone. I could have been born into any circumstance, with different parents, in a different part of the world, with a different skin color, or a different economic place. This phrase has helped me to be less judgmental, and aided me when I completely and utterly cannot for the life of me figure out a viewpoint that I don’t agree with. “That could be me”, I say to myself. And at the very least, it helps me not be so shut off from hearing another point of view.
As a Somatics practitioner, I was trained to try to see things from the perspective of my students, not just from the outside. It helps to be able work with someone as a whole soma (body/mind/beyond) and consider what it’s like to walk in their shoes, rather than see them in one dimension. It’s a helpful practice, not just in my work, but in my daily life. These days, there are plenty of people to disagree with and polarize. Repeating “Tat Tvam Asi” could help bring more compassion and understanding to this current divisiveness we are experiencing right now.
In these days of uncertainty – news updates change rapidly. We get a little bit of good news that gives us a sigh of relief, then a bunch of bad news that puts our bodies into stress and contraction. We are all flying blindly here – this is unprecedented in our collective history.
I’ve been dark for a while. I’ve been working quietly – redesigning, processing, finding my own way in this business of a Somatics practice. I never left, but I know I’ve been absent from actively putting my face out there. I feel the need to come out of my shell now, for my own sake and as a responsibility to offer care & compassion during this strange time. I am acutely aware of how important it is to have a self-care practice, and those of us who are trained to offer guidance for others are stepping up to support the increase in anxiety and fear.
There are many doors available to all of us to soothe our systems, boost us up, bring peace, and help us find ground even while the world around us is crazy. The more of us that can find even a little balance in our inner lives, the more the entire world can find clarity in our next steps.
I encourage you to find your own door to ground yourself – with a practitioner or on your own. For my part, I am offering half-hour somatics sessions online, at a sliding scale rate. We all are feeling uncertain about not only our health-futures, but our economic one as well. I do not want anyone to be without this door, and am available for private sessions and classes online. I am, in turn, seeking my own doors by reaching out to other practitioners online for my own self-care grounding. I sure do need it too in all of this!
I am also calling on other Somatics practitioners to join me online to offer live and recorded classes. There will be something available to everyone!
Reach out, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text at (828) 280-4252.