Welcome to AstroDharma – my (Kirby Moore’s) dynamic musings about a journey through the embodiment process and psycho-spiritual Health. Thank you for visiting!
Our deepest gifts arise out of our darkest places. We need a skillful guide to support us in remembering who we are: Light, Love, Life, Joyful Creativity and Health
I have been training, practicing and giving treatments professionally since 2005 in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Working with the Polyvagal System (Vagus Nerve resourcing, building nervous system resiliency), Somatic Experiencing, Birth Process Work (Pre- and Perinatal Psychology) and Spiritual Astrology. I offer sessions in-person (in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA) and long distance sessions in Somatic Experiencing and Spiritual Astrology. Let me know if you want to sign up for an appointment!
Here in the blog you will discover posts about the fusion of healing modalities, in addition to the above modalities, you will also find posts about Chinese Medicine – Acupressure, Qigong and Shiatsu. You will also discover posts about various Tibetan Buddhist rituals, retreats and teachings. I was raised Christian, so I work with Jesus (as Bodhisattva) in addition to a mandala of healing wisdom company from the Tibetan tradition. You will find quite a bit about Spiritual Astrology as well – with ingredients from Psychological, Karmic, Evolutionary and Western Astrology. Please leave a comment – I would love to hear from you!
Pour out that which no longer serves you. Lean into your heart’s deepest longings. Mother Earth yearns for your shadowy afflicted emotions. That is compost which creates the most vivid of flowers!
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I have not been writing as much as of late. The (Covid) pandemic has been challenging to weather – or I should say, holding space for my clients and friends and loved ones, is a lot. Overall I am doing quite well, still holding a good charge after doing a 90-day meditation retreat this past winter / spring. And if I start feeling run down, doing an hour or two of self care techniques gets me back on my feet fairly quickly!
In this post, I want to discuss another issue I have been encountering, and one which is actually exacerbated by the Covid pandemic. Others have discussed this topic as well – not completely new – but my take might be fairly unique in that it blends Chinese Medicine concepts, nervous system knowledge and research and more.
[an edit after listening to Nkem Ndefo – she is an incredible speaker, find a podcast and listen if you get the chance, there is another more systemic pandemic going on right now: and that is the systemic oppression of colored people. And it turns out, this tangled web of stressors and marginalization and uncertainty about who is healthy vs potentially infected all adds to the silent pandemic I am describing in this post.]
So what is the Silent Pandemic? It has been going on far longer than seven months. It has to do with a silent barrage of challenges to the liver in the body. The liver has to do with anger, irritation and resentment in Chinese medicine (the negative manifestation of the Wood element), whereas the positive side of it is joy and happiness. Rejoicing!
What is wild is that there are so many areas of challenge to the liver nowadays. Environmental toxins – people who don’t eat exclusively organic food (pesticides, glycophospates, etc), the polarization of politics and opinions – not just in the U.S. but in Europe and South America – people’s tempers can be triggered just hearing a few seconds of news! Our blood pressure can start to rise if we hear the opposition views (fake news) being broadcast around us.
And in Chinese Medicine, the liver and the eyes are intimately connected. How many of us participate in too much screen time (I ask paradoxically as I am wondering if I have had too much screen time already today)? And now that Covid is forcing us onto Zoom calls and FaceTime, etc, we are getting even more screen time! The eyes and the liver are calling for a pause, for a break, for a rest.
So the Silent Pandemic is the way in which these patterns of harshness (toward the liver) continue and now are getting even worse. Look around at the news – people are losing their minds more and more, with distortions of anger erupting in violence and numbness (lack of empathy).
Oh and did I mention one of the main challenges to the liver which many people engage in? Pharmaceuticals. How many ads do we see for drugs with bizarre side effects? Guess what organ has to process those chemicals? Yup – the liver! No wonder anger is often right below the surface when people get stretched more, when there is more stress in their lives. If we don’t practice solid, conscious self care – caring for ourselves, then of course we are going to go off the deep end from time to time!
And just briefly, how many people are drinking more alcohol in response to the loneliness of the pandemic (Covid)? Yet another stressor on the liver. I am currently enjoying a 90-day “cleanse” or “fast” from alcohol, but I used to engage in a glass of wine from time to time. It is an easy habit to fall into, but does it lead to lasting happiness?
What can we do to benefit the liver? Fortunately, many things!
Get out in nature. There are negative ions (healthy rejuvenating particles in the air) in forests, near water falls, by the ocean (get to a beach! I sure need to!). Taking in healthy natural greenery is good for the liver. The Wood element in Chinese medicine has to do with fresh growth, the Green color and renewal and rebirth. Go find something natural and green to spend time with!
Drink warm healthy liquids (hot tea) and warm healthy foods. In Tibetan medicine, they talk about how the BEST medicine is drinking hot water. It benefits so many digestive organs to take in warm fluids and warm food – especially now that the weather is cooling off.
Engage in therapeutic counseling. Getting things off our chest – and even better, involve a somatic (body-oriented) modality like Somatic Experiencing or Craniosacral Therapy or EMDR. We need to lean into support during these times (and at all times really), otherwise it is really easy to fall back onto (regress) old patterns of self-isolation and self-pity. I offer Somatic Experiencing sessions – both in person and just as potent, long distance sessions, along with Craniosacral Therapy.
We can receive Visceral Manipulation. This bodywork modality evolved out of Osteopathy and works with the visceral organs. There is a liver-specific adjustment which is really beneficial (especially in the spring and fall – that would be now). It is a potent process, so be ready for feelings of rawness or more-easily-speaking-your-less-than-comfortable truth to emerge! I have also been trained in Visceral Manipulation and love offering treatments.
In the same light as above, you can get a Mayan Abdominal Massage. These are also very potent, getting deep into the fascial attachments of the viscera and opening tight, rigid, adhered areas. Very healing, very powerful (again I’d recommend some down time scheduled in afterward).
Finally (last one I swear), you can get rejuvenating Shiatsu (Asian Bodywork). This works with the meridians and the organs to balance the life force energy (Chi), which leads to feeling more centered, more grounded, more like yourself! I love giving and receiving Shiatsu! When it is done well, we have more spontaneity, more effortless ease and more joy. Just being who we are. There is also an abdominal form of Shiatsu called Masunaga which works with the organs (including the liver).
You can do Castor Oil packs on your liver. Obviously I recommend starting slowly and more gently. But these involve putting a castor oil soaked wool or gauze pad over you liver and then putting heat on that (a heating pad, a hot water bottle, etc). You can do 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 or 15. Obviously start with 3 or 5 and see how you react to that. You can always do more sessions of less time if you handle it well.
Do prostrations – some form of bowing or stretching practice can literally stretch the liver (and many other visceral organs) leading to a greater level of health and a better digestion.
Meditate. Or do yoga. Or do Qigong. Some form of contemplative practice allows our dust to settle, literally. If we can do a blend of the above – doing some yoga before meditating is very beneficial for our subtle energy channels (energy body). Find a good meditation and / or yoga and / or Qigong instructor and stick with it. At first, we might not think anything is happening, but it is like water dripping on a rock. Change will happen – it just might take time.
I would recommend (but speak to your doctor or licensed nutritionist before making major changes to your diet) drinking fresh-squeezed lemon juice in warm water first thing in the morning. When metabolized, lemon juice becomes alkaline (believe it or not!) and it also helps to clear the liver of old stale bile. Alkaline forming foods are very healthy for the body – acidic foods lead to more health problems.
Find something to do that does not involve screen time. This is more challenging now with Covid, for sure! But hopefully you can find a small pod of people to do stuff with. Or do something positive on Zoom – like a support group, like my Gentle Somatics class, etc. And then take time away from screens to rest and integrate!
Spoon your significant other. Holding your romantic partner with healthy social engagement can lead to healthy co-regulation and settling in the nervous system. This can be challenging however as a lot of us have attachment issues (early developmental challenges which make trust and intimacy more challenging). And these issues are being exacerbated with the isolation and extra time with family… So work on yourself, be kind to yourself, try to be gentle – especially now, as stress and uncertainty are at unprecedented levels.
I would not recommend doing many cleanses – liver cleanse, or gall bladder cleanse, etc. Doing one or two per year is most likely beneficial. But rather than needing to get into this cycle of eating wantonly and then purging / cleansing, what if we try to incorporate more self care every day? Watching what we eat and drink daily? What would it take to get outside and walk one or two miles a day, or at least three or four days / week? Let us not disrupt the body’s natural rhythms of maintaining health and detoxification too often. (Of course, if you work with a qualified practitioner and they have a good reason for it – like if we are having the mercury amalgams replaced from our teeth, then obviously we might want to consider a heavy metal detox regimen!)
May we all be gentle and more nurturing to our livers!
Thank you for reading and I hope this has been an interesting and inspiring topic!
For anyone who is interested, I am offering a bodywork special (which also applies to long distant sessions). Purchase two bodywork treatments at my full rate ($100 each) and get a one hour Asian Bodywork (or Energy Work) treatment free!
As the seasons change, we are entering a time of release and transformation. Being with what is and allowing things to be as they are, are some of my main intentions at the moment. What is your intention? What do you want invite into your life this fall? What do you want to see in six to twelve months? How can we attend more to our needs and our self care?
I offer long distant Somatic Experiencing sessions, and these are going really well! I have finished over half of the training, plus I completed the advanced training in Working with the Polyvagal System starting back in 2012 (I am doing the training backwards it would seem). I love this work. I love supporting clients to move toward more resilience and a more settled nervous system.
We all need more support at present – whether that is in person or over Zoom. This is preventative medicine at its finest, and you can choose from Craniosacral Therapy (even at a distance), Somatic Experiencing, Visceral Manipulation, Integrated Massage, Shiatsu and traditional Acupressure!
Let me know if you are interested, have questions or want to sign up for a session (or this special offer)!
It has been a while since I have written much, and certainly longer since I have discussed astrology. So what do we do when the challenging aspects seem to stack up around (on top of) us?
As I write this, we have the stellium of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, insisting that we develop new methods of commerce, less harmful methods for transportation and generating electricity (as we cultivate healthier structures both within and without). Now is the time to move to simplicity. Time to get real. The fashion industry has basically collapsed in the face of an ever-present threat – we are all now asking what is most important to me? What is my purpose here on the planet? How can I shift to be more in alignment? This planetary crisis is forcing us to change and transform.
On top of that aspect above, we also have an interesting T-square forming in the Transit Sky – the planets going around the Sun and forming an opposition and square (from our perspective). Saturn is also involved, meaning Pluto is not far, with Mars and Mercury. Mars (iron, steel, machines, cars, aggression, dynamic energy), Mercury (local transportation, communication, electronics, recent concerns) and Saturn (delays, tests, karmic purification, discipline, responsibility) are going to be testing us for a few days. Expect traffic congestion, communication mishaps, misunderstandings as the both the gas (Mars) and brakes (Saturn) are on at the same time.
How to deal with these aspects which are constantly cropping up? Some more challenging than others.
Now more than ever, a spiritual practice is vitally important. Whether you chant Sikh prayers, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, etc, we need a source of refuge that is sufficient – that won’t let us down. It could be now is a great time to start watching Qigong or Tai Chi videos (and following along)!
Start slow. Be gentle. Don’t make huge changes and expect them to stick. And most importantly, lean into support.
Who have you been meaning to call for a while now? Who has dropped off your radar, but now you want to reconnect? Don’t be afraid, reach out. They are probably yearning for support as well!
And / or lean into therapeutic support. Talk to a counselor about your challenges, or go to a good astrologer, or if your health is good, work with a bodyworker (following proper precautions of course).
If you are interested, I am still offering my $50 for an initial distance Somatic Experiencing session. If you book it in September, you can schedule into October. For Spiritual Astrology, I charge $140 for a comprehensive interpretation (90 mins) or $95 for a focused session (an hour). These rates include preparation time.
Wishing you well as we navigate these uncharted waters together!
I am enjoying offering Somatic Experiencing blended with Craniosacral Therapy. And when I occasionally blend in some Visceral Manipulation (working to subtly adjust the organs back into their healthy rhythms) and Birth Process work (Pre- and Perinatal Psychology), the result is a powerful fusion of healing and insight-filled clarity.
I have had some good success this summer with anxiety issues, migraines, insomnia, and even digestive issues in my clients. Of course, if you have a chronic or significant illness or disease, you should check with your doctor, but my work is an incredible supplement and a great addition to any health team! (** I must mention this waiver as my license is in bodywork and touch. And I have 15 years of CST, Reiki and many other modalities under my belt. **)
I love how the body and the nervous system are both complicated and straight forward! Having been studying the Polyvagal System (Vagus Nerve) since 2012, Birth Process work since 2013 and having now completed the majority of the second year of Somatic Experiencing training, many of SE’s rich tools are manifesting in my mind precisely when I need them. Being spontaneously of benefit to my clients without intention or plan (well, there are underlying beneficial intentions and I am always tracking my client’s nervous systems) is where it is at!
Let me know if you want to schedule a session – I offer long distance sessions too! (And they can be just as potent as in-person) If you need financial assistance with your first session, let me know and you can see if these modalities are good for you! See if we are a good fit.
Email me: kirby [at] mkirbymoore [dot] com with questions or to schedule an appointment.
Wishing us all well in these uncertain and bizarre times! May we all find the support we need to move back to healthy regulation, resilience and greater empathy and compassion – to self and others!
First and foremost, I am neither a doctor, nor a certified herbalist. So before making any changes to your lifestyle or health or supplements, please discuss with an appropriate practitioner.
So why am I writing this?
Because I wanted to put together a newsletter for my clients about alternative options for boosting the immune system, possibly resisting infection and even options for what to do if one contracts Covid 19. Therefore, the research is already done.
Again however, I make no claims about diagnosing, treating, preventing or curing any disease. That is in the purview of a licensed healthcare practitioner – go talk to them first before implementing any of this advice.
What are we dealing with here? (How does Covid 19 make us so sick?)
First of all, I am not a doctor, nor a scientist, or an epidemiologist. So this is based on reading other experts studies, research and experience.
This post is trying to cover a lot in a minimal amount of words, so see below for more extensive resources if you want to do your reading. Obviously, I highly recommend doing your research – take your health in your own hands!
Covid 19, a coronavirus, was originally thought to be a respiratory virus. It turns out in fact to be able to effect many systems in the body – not just the lungs. This particular coronavirus is able to infect and impact the lungs, kidneys, heart, brain, the GI tract, skin, blood cells, eyes, the liver and circulatory system. It is a serious disease with serious consequences for most of those who contract it.
This virus can enter cells through a number of receptors, primarily the ACE2 receptor, which happens to be prevalent on cells in nearly every system of the body. This is a part of why the virus can have such a wide spread array of symptoms and manifestations.
Covid 19 also has immune modulating effects. Meaning it can take down the immune response temporarily while it infects the body, setting us back days in our fight against infection. So how can we combat this insidious pathogen?
What are someherbs which have positive effects on the systems affected by Covid 19?
Again, not a doctor, nor am I a certified herbalist. Do your own research or speak with a licensed practitioner before changing your lifestyle or health routines.
One herb which should be included in every Covid 19 protocol is Salvia miltiorrhiza – red sage. This herb has heart protective functions, it slows clotting and even benefits the lymph system – in particular the spleen and appendix. On top of all this, it has a modulating effect on the enzyme the virus uses to access the ACE2 receptors. Meaning it might have preventative functions!
Salvia Miltiorrhiza is best used when paired with Pueraria Lobata (kudzu root). Pueraria has lung protective functions, along with benefiting the lymph system.
One note: Salvia miltiorrhiza should be used with caution if you are on anti-coagulant medication – blood thinners. Again, talk to your doctor first!
Some of what Covid 19 does to our immune system causes an inflammatory cascade, making the damage much worse – to our circulation, our lungs, liver, lymph system and more. So how can we prevent our body from working against itself as it were?
There are many herbs which help to reduce various steps in this inflammatory cascade, I will just name a few here, including Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese Knotweed), Andrographis paniculata, Glycyrrhiza spp, and Aster tartaricus. Aster also benefits the lung tissue, so consider adding it to any protocol as well. In fact, I would recommend adding all of the above herbs. Japanese Knotweed has many benefits, especially for older people, as it contains very high levels of resveratrol. Andrographis is extremely beneficial for the immune system, along with fighting off certain types of tick-born pathogens (Lyme disease in particular). And Glycyrrhiza has many benefits – including benefiting the brain, the heart and reducing inflammation.
Please note: Andrographis can cause a mild allergic reaction in about 3% of the population. Always start out using a small dose for the first 2 weeks to see if you are allergic. And if you are on hypertension drugs (high blood pressure) or have potassium issues in your body, please speak to your doctor before using any Glycyrrhiza herbal products.
Another herb to consider having on hand is Scutellaria baicalensis. It benefits the lymph system, the immune system as well as reducing harmful inflammation as a result of Covid 19 infection. Remember, by clearing the lymph system faster, the body can move cellular waste out of the body that much faster, allowing better access for the immune system and lymphocytes (immune cells).
All the herbs I have mentioned above are herbs I have purchased in tincture form. Plus the herb Houttuynia which protects the immune response. Last but not least, I also purchased a Rhodiola tincture as this is so protective of the respiratory system. I have a set of tinctures on hand just in case. My partner’s daughter is starting school this coming week, so I figure it is better to be safe than sorry.
Other herbs to consider:
Bidens pilosa – protecting the upper respiratory cells (which are usually infected first, leading to a loss of a sense of smell and taste)
Galium spp – lymph system supplementing
Eleutherococcus senticosus – Siberian Ginseng – I also have this in capsule form, as it is so tonifying for many systems of the body. Personally, I would only take this if I got sick as it can be so boosting to the chi and vitality (meaning I don’t want to become excessive in my subtle energy body)
Pleurisy root – for lymph system drainage and benefiting the lungs
Asclepias asperula – inmortal – also benefiting the lymph system
Sambucus spp – protecting the ACE2 receptors
Crataegus spp – Hawthorn – one of the best heart protectors out there, along with protecting the lungs
Cordyceps spp – protecting against inflammatory damage (among many other benefits)
Isatis spp – used often in Chinese medicine, this herb has many respiratory system benefits (primarily upper) along with benefiting the glands around the face (saliva glands); it is strongly recommended to add this to any Covid 19 infection protocol
See below for links to additional research and reading. Again, please take your health in your own hands, make informed decisions. This is an unprecedented disease with many manifestations. New research is coming out every week.
Other non-herbal recommendations for Covid 19:
Please keep in mind, I am not licensed to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease. This information is just out there fore educational or entertainment purposes. Please speak to your appropriate licensed health care practitioner before making changes to your lifestyle or health routines.
lumbrokinase – a powerful anticlotting agent with other benefits
nattokinase – a moderately powerful anticlotting agent
(obviously, with lumbrokinase and nattokinase please note: do not take if you are on blood thinners or other anti-coagulant medication.)
serrapeptase – a moderate anticlotting agent with other benefits including reducing inflammation (more research is required before making claims about these agents)
Quercetin is a beneficial supplement for Covid 19 infections.
L-Malic acid is a required amino acid. It turns out, that people with chronic inflammation have very low levels of Malic acid. Also, people who have had Covid 19 have low levels during infection. This is due to Malic acid being required to repair damage done by inflammation (among other things). It is recommended to supplement this amino acid if you have chronic inflammation or come down with Covid 19.
Note: high doses of Malic acid can cause diarrhea. One way to get around this would be to take 300 mg in the morning and 300 mg in the evening.
Waiver: Speak with your doctor before taking any of the advice above. Making changes to your supplements and diet can have serious side effects and consequences. Please know that herbal / drug interactions are real and should be researched / discussed with an appropriate practitioner before adding new supplements / herbs.
We are in unprecedented waters. We need support, but touch is possibly dangerous (unless with people we live with). We want our kids to go back to school, but as safely as possible. We want restaurants and businesses to re-open, but how can we do so safely? I personally can’t wait to feel safe to hold a friend’s baby! And to mix it up with parties and social gatherings again.
Thankfully many studies have been done on the effects of Covid 19, and many more are on-going.
Good sites / places to get quality herbal tinctures:
Earth Ashram (Etsy)
Desert Tortoise Botanicals
Also to get Mangifera indica tinctures (many benefits – look it up), you might want to consider Green Dragon Botanicals.
Just putting this out there. If you have questions about astrology, whether your own chart or someone else’s (or even a client), feel free to ask me! I would charge for anything more than 5 minutes of my time.
I have 17 years of experience working with astrology under my belt – starting with Spiritual Astrology, including Karmic, Psychological and Hellenistic Western Astrology. And my specialties are Natal, Psychological, Relationship and Timing Aspects within this diverse and vast field!
So let me know if you have any questions or feel kind of stuck about something Astrological. And…
If you are a bodyworker and want some extra support or consultation about your practice, also let me know. I practice Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and Asian Bodywork primarily, although I still have the occasional massage client. I include my background in Tibetan Buddhism, Process-oriented Bodywork, Working with the Polyvagal System, Zapchen Somatics, Birth Process Work and more. So I bring a lot to the table as it were.
Let me know if you want to chat about your practice, your bodywork, or even want support / supervision around a challenging client.
Thank you for reading! May we all stay healthy and safe during these uncertain times.
a guest article by Jennfier McGregor of Publichealthlibrary.org
5 Everyday Wellness Tips to Boost Your Health
Living a healthy lifestyle does not require as much effort as you might think. If you already feel like you’re juggling too many responsibilities, you may assume that you just don’t have the time to focus on wellness, but thankfully, incorporating basic healthy habits into your day-to-day life is relatively easy. Here are a few ways you can change your life for the better by focusing on your health from head-to-toe.
Create a Calm Atmosphere at Home
Are you struggling to deal with a negative atmosphere at home? If your family has been highly critical or argumentative lately, changing up your domestic environment might help switch up the mood in your household. A messy, cluttered home can create feelings of bad energy, but you can remedy this by deep cleaning and dusting your home, cracking the windows to get fresh air circulating, and putting items away in their proper storage places. You can even take things a step further by smudging each room to banish bad vibes!
Stick to Supportive Routines
It’s much easier to practice healthy habits day in and day out when you adhere to structured routines. After all, if you start the day off right and end it with a relaxing ritual, you’ll feel energized and motivated! If you’re trying to think of which activities you should include in your morning routine, VeryWellMind recommends going for a brisk walk to get some exercise, eating a filling breakfast, and making an organized to-do list for the rest of your day. To wind down for the night, make it a point to turn off your devices and curl up with a book an hour or two before bed.
Establish a Regular Spiritual Practice
You do not have to be religious to have a spiritual practice! Believe it or not, embracing spirituality can actually help you improve both your physical and mental health. Meditation and yoga are secular activities that bring serious benefits to consistent practitioners.
When it comes to yoga, you can start with a basic sequence that includes poses like downward facing dog, cobra, and seated twists. To really relax, you can follow up your yoga flow with a body-scan meditation session led by Wisdom Healing Arts. Tuning into your physical and spiritual self can be the key to better well-being!
Write In a Journal
Writing in a journal can be highly beneficial for your mental health. If you’ve never written in a journal before, and you’re not quite sure how to get started, Fast Company suggests setting a time limit for writing sessions. For instance, you could block off ten to fifteen minutes every morning to journal. Remember, you don’t need to be an author to enjoy writing in a journal – it’s okay if it feels a little awkward at first!
You can also use your journal as a space to record your diet and workout sessions, or perhaps try your hand at some poetry. It’s your space to express yourself and write about whatever you want!
Choose Helpful Supplements
Eating a nutritious diet is essential for your overall mental and physical health. Aim to cook at home with whole foods and organic ingredients as often as possible. But sometimes, we all need a little help to maintain our health! Choosing the right supplements can fill in any nutritional gaps in your diet. You can find promos and deals like Vitacost coupons for supplements when you shop online – staying healthy doesn’t have to break the bank!
When you concentrate on holistic health and embodied wellness, you can change your entire life. Health isn’t just about what we put in our bodies or how many hours we spend working out. It’s also about your mindset and your environment. If you can make small changes in every area of your life, you will be amazed at how much better you feel.
For those of you who know me well… or could piece together a few things from Facebook… I have had a full summer to be certain.
We are all facing extra layers of activation and dissociation with the pandemic. So I hope you (we) are all leaning into support and getting what we need! And staying safe and healthy.
My blogging has certainly been stop and go since I emerged from retreat back in May. Here is why: Since then, I did not have time to integrate said 3-month retreat as I was given 3 weeks to move out of my apartment at the time… there are a few big events in here, so I am taking a moment for a deep breath.
And due to a reduced number of clients (bodywork in a pandemic), my girlfriend and I decided to move in together sooner than expected… another deep breath and feeling my feet, feeling my seat, noticing my skin.
So I went into overdrive to pack all my things, sort through the stuff that would not fit in our new place and even paint the room I was moving into… and then move everything! So June and even into July I felt like I was recovering from that… yet another timeout here. I am ready for this pattern of being swept away by significant events to be over – time now to actually allow integration and digestion of these poignant changes.
I love my partner – and her five year old daughter who we have living with us half the time. Yes, another big change there!
Therefore, in a one month period, I went from noble silence (not talking except for a few times / day) and having my own place to becoming a de facto step-father to a delightful precocious child, acquiring a relatively new family and cohabitating. Oh and my finances have changed so far having less than half the clients I was used to! So one might say I am still adjusting to all these enormous changes! (Uranus crossed my MidHeaven in late May, with Saturn opposing my Jupiter in there, among other big aspects)
Adding up all the changes that occurred, I would say my life shifted at least 80 – 90% in one month. Whoa! Like seriously, I need to pause and take it all in (for a while). At least I had the solid foundation of retreat potency to buoy me through it!
Therefore, these days, I am taking more me-time – napping when I can, seeing occasional clients here and there (I love doing the rare in-person session with strict safety protocols and the long distance sessions too!), spending quality time with my new family (outdoors as much as possible) and generally attempting to unhitch the horses and put my feet up. It is not easy for me to slow down this much – I would prefer to be working, doing, making or at least having a plan for what is next. Apparently not yet.
I am still very happy to offer Spiritual Astrology interpretations in the midst of it all, along with in-person Craniosacral or Somatic Experiencing bodywork sessions or preferably long-distance (or outdoor) S.E. sessions! I got a LOT out of retreat in spite of the challenge of integrating it normally (ideally we would have at least 3 weeks post-retreat to chill, be in nature, go slow and continue practicing each day). And I would love to share the learning and wisdom I gleaned with you, in whatever form of support I can offer.
I enjoy leading a Gentle Somatics support group – we meet most Tuesdays and I will be starting the next one in early September (let me know if you are interested).
Wishing you well in spite of everything, wishing for us all to get the support we need, to feel touched and held and to realize solid nervous system regulation!
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You can also visit my site here: http://www.mkirbymoore.com to see what else I offer as far as Western Astrology interpretations, Somatic Processing work (in-person or long distance sessions) and other bodywork options.
I want to emphasize the long distance sessions I offer. Somatic Experiencing is a powerful modality! It allows the practitioner (me) to track the client’s nervous system (autonomic, polyvagal system) and then to apply techniques which build resilience and keep the client close to their regulated functional range (or window of presence). I call it Somatic Processing because I also include Zapchen Somatic exercises, Biodynamic Craniosacral wisdom, Birth Process work (Pre- and Perinatal Psychology) when appropriate. Let me know if you are interested in having extra support!
I just started a new Zapchen Somatics class this evening. And it is the first class in a series of six. It was a small group, so there is still room for more people to join us. It is on Zoom – long distance somatic processing / support group. I am asking for donations if participants are able to – $10 / class, but if you want to join us and can’t pay, no problem! I would rather have you leaning into support than worrying about scraping money together.
Tuesdays at 7 pm Eastern time (Washington DC time). For the next five-six weeks.
To join the class, go to this page: https://www.jaydemaio.com/qigong and click on Join Any Live Class link. Hope to see you! (Please let Jay or myself know if you are planning to attend – we want to keep the classes to a maximum of 9 or 10 participants.)
I have been practicing Zapchen Somatics for 15 years now. I was very fortunate to be mentored by Julie Henderson, PhD (the creator of Zapchen) from 2007 – 2009, plus I have done at least half a dozen advanced 10-day Zapchen / Tibetan Buddhist retreats. And I just completed a 90-day retreat in this area back in May of this year. Therefore, I am able to track the energetic field and to lead the group as we gradually move toward greater clarity, compassion and potency.
The theme of this 6-weeks is Openness, Awareness and Presence. Once we have been practicing an embodiment-oriented modality for several years (could be yoga, Chi Gong, meditation, Buddhist practice, Somatic Experiencing, Craniosacral Therapy, etc), then we will start to come down out of our heads and into our bodies. Beginning to embody our heart space and hopefully coming into the potency and creativity of the pelvis. And once we have a stable relationship with Openness, Awareness and Presence, then our connection to Source can also start to stabilize.
“There is no such thing as a trivial Zapchen exercise.” Julie Henderson’s words. They are simple, occasionally playful, easy exercises, but they aren’t trivial. Especially if our intention is to gradually (skillfully, kindly, gently) come down out of our head and to move toward well-being and embodiment.
So come and join our group. There are still five classes remaining! And we will be going slow – and starting wherever you are. Donations are welcome and I would rather see you than not. If you need some extra support in your life at this time, then I hope to see you!