Conflict between the heart and mind often results in tension within the body. Using a combination of intentional body postures and faith-based IFS meditations, this workshop can help you identify and ease your inner tensions. You'll find yourself spiritually and physically refreshed and better able to be more fluid and accessible to those around you.
Authentic Movement is an active, non-verbal meditation, also referred to as Spirit-led movement. Central to this practice is the presence of the other, the witness. This non-judgmental, compassionate presence creates a safe holding environment for the mover to explore and embody thoughts, feelings, and sensations (parts), inviting profound connection to the body's truth (Self). Often times parts of our psyche that are non-verbal and pre-verbal become known through this practice.
This way of moving is gentle, non-directed, and without music. In this workshop you will be invited to learn to let movement happen rather than make it happen. This will allow tensions to melt and great freedom can be experienced when you let your body lead you. You'll learn how to be "moved by the Spirit" in this workshop. As a result, participants often experience the activity of the mind (worry or analyzing) feeling rested and peaceful after movement. With time, the communication lines between spirit, mind, and body naturally open, resulting in healing.
The workshop will begin with clearly establishing the boundaries that support compassionate witnessing. Each person will have an opportunity to participate as mover and witness, to see and be seen, to be deeply present for ourselves and the other.
Writing, drawing, and/or speaking follows the movement to integrate this deeply nourishing experience. You will be invited to share your experience of moving and/or witnessing in a mover-witness dyad and, if you choose, with the group.
This contemplative yet active workshop will be a time of inner silence and reflection. Some of the ways we gain access to our God-given inner resources is through contemplation and prayer. Many of us do not carve out time for such spiritual practices often enough. Come take care of yourself and be filled up!