All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.
~Martha Graham, American dancer, teacher and choreographer
As a coach, I help people reconnect and gain clarity within themselves to improve in different areas of life such as stress, relationship, work and trauma.
While these areas might seem different at first, often what helps my clients get “unstuck” share a commonality - and that is presence.
C'mon, stay with me. I can already hear the snoring coming my way. Zzzz.
"The stress-response can be more damaging than the stressor itself, especially when the stress is purely psychological. And if you experience every day as an emergency, you will pay the price." ~Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky (Professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University).
Stress is predicted by scientists to be the downfall of our modern society.
“Not why the addiction but why the pain.” ~ Dr. Gabor Maté, Physician and Addiction Expert
The below used to be a common routine of mine that gave me great stress and anxiety on a daily basis:
“The physiological states that support defense are incompatible with those that support creativity and expansive theories.”
~Dr. Stephen W. Porges, Psychologist, Neuroscientist, and Evolutionary Biologist
Before I quit my corporate career of 15+ years, I used to regularly engage in “protective behaviors” that were widely accepted, but in retrospect were quite damaging to my humanity and the humanity of the people with whom I interacted.
"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." ~Helen Keller
A colleague once told me a story of a boss he worked with who suffered a heart attack days before a high-profile project was due.
"Emotional competence requires the capacity to feel our emotions, so that we are aware when we are experiencing stress." ~ Addiction Expert Gabor Maté, Ph.D
What comes up for you when you think about stress? If you’re like me, I used to think
Most people I know, including myself, work really hard. I mean, around the clock, really. You wake up thinking about work and go to sleep to dream about more work (you have not dreamt until you dream in PowerPoint! True story).