julie coren

           Somatic Exploration

 

     My body is a river and then the fire came

 
"You are the earth's pearl and you must wrap yourself in its roundness then float ou
"You are the earth's pearl and you must wrap y"You are the earth's pearl and you must wrap yourself in its roundness then float out into the purple night where your words, "I am here to nourish you, my darling" turn themselves into butterfliess, and dragonflies, and prickly pears thread on the web of a spider..."ourself in its roundness then float out into the purple night where your words, "I am here to nourish you, my darling" turn themselves into butterfliess, and dragonflies, and prickly pears thread on the web of a spider..."
t into the purple night where your words, "I am here to nourish you, my darling" turn themselves into butterfliess, and dragonflies, and prickly pears thread on the web of a spider..."
"You are the earth's pearl and you must wrap yourself in its roundness then float out into the purple night where your words, "I am here to nourish you, my darling" turn themselves into butterfliess, and dragonflies, and prickly pears thread on the web of a spider..."

       

 

 

         We live in a world that is deeply soulful, in a time full of possibility and breakdown, on a tightrope thread with loss and longing, and life is calling us, inviting us to meet this moment with all that we have.  So many of us hear this call and want to answer back but instead we hover at the edges of who we truly are.  All the while, the gift we are and have to give, quietly calls.

 
 

        In Somatic Exploration[i], we begin to answer this call.  We anchor in the physical, track our body’s internal rhythms and entrain with our innate intelligence.  We dig down deep, uncover the stories held in our bones, and bring them to the surface. Sometimes it seems that we are swimming in a sea of grief, diving into the well of love, or wafting in some kind of frozen anger; but always we are honoring and witnessing our emotional currents. 

 

 
        And then, we ground ourselves in new territory.  In this realm, we cultivate our unique and vital brilliance by engaging the imaginative in us, that part of who we are that can dream and play and vision, that part of us that can feel the wind, grow new roots, imagine a bird’s song, that part of us that is free to create and discover without restriction. We speak in this different language, in this other world of expression, to make space for the different dimensions of who we are to step forth. 

 
 

        When we do this, we are met with wonder and we are nourished. We are resourced not only by the richness of who we truly are, but also by an expanding sense of our relationship and connection to the rest of life.  We make this trek to the deepest parts of who we are and discover the world within us. 

 

 
        In Somatic Exploration, we move towards ourselves so that we can bear our gifts and offer ourselves to the world.  Because the world needs us. All of life needs each and every one of us to undergo the evolution and transformation that is so exquisitely required at this time.



[i] According to Wikipedia:

 

        The term ‘somatic’ (from the Greek σωματικός) means 'of the body -- relating to the body’.

 

        The term ‘exploration’ means searching or traveling around a terrain  (for example; the land of our  home - including our bodies) for  the purpose of discovery and cultivation of resources or information.