Elusive Breath

Elusive Breath

What a deeply frustrating experience when we’ve trained our bodies to perform so precisely, so specifically, with such highly refined calibration – and then adrenaline and nerves mess it up.

It's so disappointing to be human, with inner parts of one’s personality not on board with the passions that lie close to our hearts, with parts that get afraid. With parts that might especially get afraid because these desires are so very near and dear to who we are as a person.

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Practicing - challenge...sacred calling...eternal frustration...flow

Practicing - challenge...sacred calling...eternal frustration...flow

The theme of practicing has emerged this summer. In a recent class, one participant mentioned the word PRACTICE, and the energy shift in the room was palpable. People leaned forward, wanting to share their strategies, their stories, their victories, their battles with self-sabotage, their ways of coping.
Because, as artists, learning to practice our craft is essential, fraught with trial, and abounding with internal and external judgment.

The practice room, our writing desk, the painting studio – wherever you do your creative work can feel like a battleground. 

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Coming a-PART in a positive way

Coming a-PART in a positive way

So what's the deal with the parts language? I remember when I first started seeing my therapist I said to her, "I'm open to trying IFS (Internal Family Systems), but do we have to talk about Parts all the time?" Even the instructor of my recent Level 1 IFS training would often say that when she was first introduced to the model, she would say, "yeah, yeah, yeah, it all sounds good, but do we really have to talk about parts?

It's pretty normal to have some concerns about this way of talking. Here are some reasons I think it's worth trying.

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