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Hello Dear Readers!
I have been very blessed – in my teachers, in the people who support me (and my bodywork practice), in my ability to parse the most beneficial truth from what my teachers have taught and much more. I am very grateful.
I am going to write a bit about the Natural State – that is an ease-filled, connected-to-wholeness, in-alignment, peaceful, effortless state of being. We can find the Natural State over time by maintaining a dedicated meditation practice (and having good guides, gurus and mentors for helping us get there). With that said, I am not a spiritual teacher. I am not a guru. I am not the best mentor for knowing exactly what spiritual practice will get someone resting rapidly in the natural state. I can make some educated guesses and usually have good results, but there are far better teachers than I!
However, I am a very competent bodyworker. Due to my experience with somatic process work, emotional-process-oriented bodywork, Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices, receiving hundreds of efficacious bodywork sessions and participating in multiple Birth Process Work trainings and workshops, I have the ability to hold space for most of what can arise for any of my clients. With my training in Somatic Experiencing and Working with the Polyvagal System (techniques for settling and regulating the Vagus Nerve), I can support my clients to release and transform old stuck patterns and energy.
It is very interesting looking at the nature of suffering. How many of us know the causes of suffering? How many of us know how to avoid those causes? How many of us continue to stub our toe over and over again, on a daily basis? Much suffering we bring on ourselves. And hopefully we will meet the right people to assist us back onto an intentional and virtuous path. That is where I come in.
When we start to look at developmental psychology, we see that many children are clamping down on big, overwhelming emotions. And rightfully so. (However, sometimes this is based on a misunderstanding, or a miscommunication, or an assumption made about an ambiguous situation.) And then this pattern continues into their adult lives. The secret to working with this lies in doing a little bit of work and then allowing that little chunk to process through and integrate. Doing too much will simply overwhelm and potentially re-traumatize the individual again. People are sure to clamp down more in response.
As a practitioner, it has been an amazing journey to realize and put into practice: slowing down. Doing less, rather than doing more, leads to more efficacious and lasting results. Sure we could do 3 big cycles of work in an hour, but if there is no integration time in there, how can I be sure they will continue to be gentle with themselves after the session is over? How can I be certain they will continue to soften their edges and allow things to settle? Actually, most people have patterns of harshness to self. So they won’t be as gentle as I can demonstrate in my office. So instead of doing 3 big cycles in a session, what if we do one big one, or two smaller cycles along with some integration time?
This process of doing less leads to transformation. And over time – 3, 5, 7 or 10 sessions – my clients report how simple things are becoming medicine. Whether it is the 3 x 3 x 3 exercise, or the good parent messages, or being more gentle with their kidneys, they are transforming! And it is so beautiful!
When we liberate stuck, harsh patterns in our body (and our minds / nervous systems), then we also liberate the psychic energy which went toward keeping all that goodness clamped down. When we liberate this energy, which is actually vital, life-force energy, then we gain more access to creativity, play, humor, spontaneity and ease.
Moving toward the natural state is actually much easier than people realize. It is just our patterns of harshness to self, our tendency toward clamping down to prevent big emotions, gripping to try to control our universe, etc, which keeps us from realizing that peace is actually right here and right now. When we are fully present in our breath, we are in the present moment. When I am noticing my breath fully, I cannot drift off into rehashing the past or worrying about the future. It is just now, here, being with what is. And it is okay!
I offer long distance sessions – I actually have some clients in Australia, a good number in Europe and several in Asia. And I live on the east coast of the United States! Contact me if you want to schedule a session or just have a 10 – 15 min free consult to see if we would be a good fit to work together. http://www.mkirbymoore.com And of course, I also see clients in person in Central Virginia (USA). My office is in Charlottesville, not far from downtown.
Come see how my attempts at resting in the natural state, my practice of meditation, qigong and yoga can benefit you. I specialize in working with stuck patterns – and especially in working with chronic tension in the shoulders, the neck, headaches, migraines (these take longer but I have still had good success), TMJ issues (chronic jaw tension), unilateral tension (tightness just on the right or left side of the body) and I also really appreciate the healing which can come from working through accidents, falls and surgeries.
In addition to all of the above, I especially enjoy working with Mothers and Babies. Putting my birth process work (pre- and perinatal psychology) training to use is the best. Whether working with babies, toddlers, teenagers or adults.
Thank you for reading!
konchog chakchen (my Tibetan name)