Pay attention as if your life depends on it (because it does)

Every moment of every day we’re confronted with an infinite array of stimuli to pay attention to — sights, sounds, objects, people, the running commentary in our heads, how we feel, the aches and pains in our bodies. How do we decide what to attend to? This is no small question, for the answer determines the quality of this moment. It determines the quality of our lives. As R. D. Laing says "The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice." While it may seem counterintuitive, our life has less to do with "what happens" to us and more to do with what we attend to; for what we attend to governs our responses and gives meaning to our lives. The bad news: most of the time

Flesh and bone knowing

We all have an inner knowing -- an innate wisdom and deep intelligence -- that's available to us when we slow down and listen closely to ourselves. This isn’t the knowing we get from our repetitive thoughts or reactive feelings. This is flesh and bone knowing. It's connected to our bodies and speaks our truth. This is listening, per St. Benedict, to "the ear of the heart." We’ve all experienced this inner knowing at some point in our lives. It tends to arrive as an intuition, a hunch, an inner voice. It leads to self-trust. Our inner knowing is embodied — meaning it involves the aligning of our mind, body, and emotions with our environment. It arises from a deep connection to ourselves and t

About this blog

Welcome! You'll find a mix of writings here about cultivating an embodied life. Some posts are educational topics I teach in therapy. Others reflect on awareness, compassion and radical intimacy with the present moment as helpful dispositions in navigating life.

My intention, no matter what the subject, is to support your unique unfolding toward greater wholeness, creativity, and aliveness. As Howard Thurman says, '“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

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