What does it mean to be embodied?
Are we really spiritual beings having a human experience? Debatable. Who knows what's beyond or even if there is one?
What we do know is that we're here.
But for some reason we've been trying to escape that and all the stored up STUFF that comes up when we stop distracting ourselves.
TV, drugs, shopping, food,... Even spiritual practices can be used in this way, choosing to fly off into la-la-land with meditation, yoga, 'conscious' parties, satsangs, kirtans, etc.
None of these are inherently bad things, and they can sometimes be quite enjoyable.
But are we USING or ABUSING? Are we partaking in a pleasurable activity, or are we escaping from what is? What is the line between relying on something and depending on it?
Could it be that we're rejecting ourselves and the experiences stored in our bodies? All of those feelings that come with being human?
What if we could release them, and then find freedom in knowing that we can face whatever comes our way?
What if we could find the space in our body to contain all of us, leaving nothing out?
What if learning how to sink deeply into our body was our limitless source of inner peace, knowing, empathy, connection, presence, confidence and power?
What would be possible for you if you had the wisdom to choose, and the access to switch, between being in your mind or in your body depending on what best fits each situation?
This series of gatherings will be an ongoing experiential exploration on this topic. Some of the tools we will use include dance, meditation, touch, eyegazing, shamanic journeying, shaking medicine, sounding, and breathwork.
We will discuss what it means to be embodied, ways in which we disconnect, and reasons why we do so. Our meetings will be once a month in NYC, where we will explore the different techniques that are available to us to bring us back into life as it is.
For our next meeting, we will be focusing on the sense of touch as an avenue for presence, self-acceptance and healing.
Touch is vital to our well-being, yet we live in a society that doesn't offer many opportunities for it to happen outside of sexual situations.
During our gathering, we will discuss the reasons why we hold back from showing our affection and ways in which we can start introducing it back into our lives in a healthy way. We will then learn about the different kinds of touch, the different effects they produce, and how we can receive and give more fully. Lastly, we will have an opportunity to practice on ourselves and with partners.
*** There will be no nudity or sexual contact ***
Tuesday July 9, 7 - 9 pm
$15 with pre-registration
$25 at the door
Melody Kiersz weaves holistic counseling, behavioral therapy, practical healing work, movement, and shamanic and tantric traditions into modern life. She specializes in healing our relationship with our bodies, our selves and others, improving body image and self-esteem, increasing our ability to speak up, share, create, and allow ourselves to feel and be seen.
Melody is the Founder of both M-Body Confidence and Naked Wellness, where her motto is 'less proving, more living.'
You can reach her at [masked].
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