In Your Body, In The World

In this episode from the Embodiment Project, we start with a body connecting practice, then explore how that sense of self connection can survive connection with the world and the challenges it brings us.  An important internal journey that includes insights from indigenous shamanistic practitioners on the relationship between the individual and community and the…

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Each Moment As An Opportunity For Learning

What do you notice in this moment?  So often, when we pay attention to our body we prepare it, fix it.  In this excerpt from the Embodiment Project we explore what it’s like to just explore the body as it is in this moment. You can find out more about the Embodiment Project at SomaticsInstitute.com

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Locating Yourself

Focusing on body sensation can help you find yourself in your tissues.  But too much information, perhaps from physical pain or emotional distress, shows the importance of finding surfaces to help locate and ground yourself. In this week’s practice we explore the relationship between inner sensory experience and the balancing awareness of surfaces that help…

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Body and Breath

Another short (about 18 minute) meditation on how breathing and sensing interact with each other.  It’s one of those ‘skills for life’ that can be helpful any time. As you may know, these podcasts are tidbits from the ongoing Embodiment Project.  There’s lots of videos, audio and other resources, and a weekly Zoom meeting. Check…

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Movement and the Little Things

Today’s podcast comes from an Embodiment Project class conversation.  I answer student questions, giving examples of how movement helps us connect with ourselves and others. I also give some examples from my personal and clinical practice. You can find out more about the Embodiment Project at www.SomaticsInstitute.com

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Embodiment Practice 1

Here’s a new series of practices for 2021.  At just under an hour, they will ask a little more of your day than the 10 minute meditations but I think you’ve find they are subtle, powerful, and worth it! You can find out more about the Embodiment Project, and our new Inhabit Yourself Workbook at…

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Why We Breathe

Today, I’m bringing you another contribution from the Project’s weekly seminars.  For those of you who are used to a taste of the seminars in the form of 10 minute body meditations, today’s offering is the full meal deal, at 45 minutes long it’s a rich mix of science and embodiment practices, a deep dive…

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Body and Breath Practice

Breath is the bridge between body and mind.  It helps us locate sensations and more deeply connect with the the community conversation that is our lived experience.  This 16 minute practice from the Embodiment Project will help you develop the skills to locate your self…just a little bit more…within the world of that body community.…

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Embracing the Beast Part 5

Conclusion The body’s needs for release can never be fully fathomed by the rational mind, it must be felt, and brought to life in expression.  Only then will the wounded body and being release to a new relationship with life.   If you would like to find out more about my exploration of deepening our…

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Embracing the Beast Part 4

Coming Home Learning to relate to pain seems to be the source from which healing comes forth in bodywork.  In fact, there is every indication that much of our continued experience of pain is bound up in the very tension that holds it. We continue our metaphorical journey through myth…with a tasty dollop of psychology…

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Embracing the Beast Part 3

The World of Sleeping Beauty In this section we leave the dilemma of the frog body and the princess mind for the moment and take a closer look at the process through which consciousness of bodily injury is denied.  Control of pain is explored through the metaphorical world of the Sleeping Beauty story as well…

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Embracing the Beast Part 2

When Walter Scott wrote, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” he could have been talking about our relationship with the body. In this second section of Embracing the Beast, we begin to explore how our well intentioned attempts to control discomfort can only entangle us further in its…

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Embracing the Beast Part 1

Written as an article for Massage Magazine in the early 1990’s, Embracing the Beast has sustained some of the most constant interest of any of my published works.   Originally intended as information for massage therapists and clients, Embracing the Beast draws upon my experience as a massage practitioner and somatic educator.  It explores how…

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Ten Minute Practice: Who Is Breathing?

The Embodiment Project’s step by step approach to inhabiting yourself starts with noticing what is actually there.  So it begins with our exploration of the lungs.  Follow the simple, ten minute journey from the Project’s weekly Seminar.  Enjoy! You can find out more about the Embodiment Project at www.SomaticsInstitute.com.  Look for the Courses link.

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Taking Your Space

At just over 10 minutes, one more opportunity to connect with yourself…and connect with the world. Another contribution from the Embodiment Project at www.Somatics.ca   Enjoy! Matthew

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Body, Depression and Anxiety

Life can be overwhelming. It can be hard to stay connected to body centred practices when we are feeling depressed and anxious.  But our body is still there, providing a constancy that can support us in difficult times, if we only know how to connect with it. In this 15 minute podcast, Matthew describes the…

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10 Minute Embodiment Meditation

Matthew guides you through a simple scan that you can put into any part of your day.  It will help ground you, and reorient you to your busy world. From the Embodiment Project at www.SomaticsInstitute.com

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Under The Surface Of Tension

We are constantly bouncing off tension.  It’s habits seem to subvert our best attempts to functionality in the world.  Whether it is posture, movement or social expression, our tension is a constant presence in life. This podcast explores how tension is the surface of a whole world of sensory experience. And how, as we explore…

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Dominant and Subjugated Body Stories

An excerpt from Week Three of the Embodiment Project, which focuses on movement.  How do the habits of our movement express the dominant stories of ourselves and our culture.  How do we meet with the less heard, or subjugated, stories that show up so often in our tensions and discomforts in a way that admits…

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The Subversive Nature of Healing Practices

From the Embodiment Project, a talk from Week Two: Surfaces.  How do somatic practices challenge us to find our unique path to this moment…and challenge the quiet training to only notice what is permitted? Find out more at the Embodiment Project https://somaticsinstitute.com/product/the-embodiment-project-online

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Week Three: Principles and Practice

Embodiment Seminar: An introduction to Week Three of the Embodiment Project.  Basic principles, and some very specific examples of how you can bring these practices into your life.  Great for dropping into the experience of an Embodiment Project class.

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Disorganization and the Pace of Life

From the Embodiment Seminars: How does a David Abram story about a chance meeting an Aboriginal Australian help us connect more fully to the surfaces in our life?  How do surfaces help us locate ourselves and support inner organization?  A short exploration of interesting questions…and some practices to help ground them in everyday life.

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Embodiment Seminars: The “I” and the “It”

How do with engage with the dislocated and disavowed parts of our inner being? In an exploration of what Martin Buber called the I/Thou relationship, this seminar excerpt starts at the beginning – where we face the truth of our experience and, by not trying to fix it, find a pathway to reconciliation, in the…

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Week One Meditation: Notice Yourself

The nine weeks of the Embodiment Project are a journey into the application of somatic practices in everyday life.  Week One focuses on the simple practice of just noticing what’s there.  Or maybe not so simple!  Matthew van der Giessen introduces a 30 minute meditation that guides your into meeting with yourself just as you…

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