Individual sessions can have a variety of subjects, depending on your personal wishes and life situation. The basis of the individual lessons is learning to pay attention to your body, its needs and the information it has to offer, and thus to be actively responsible for your own well-being. This process involves paying attention to the present moment, without trying to make it be different than what it is – this way of being honestly present I call embodied attention. Consequently in this process you learn to build the level of energy in order to move towards a change you wish to experience, whether it is in an attitude, level of confidence, muscular tension, or a physical symptom.
Practice of embodied attention
Every moment in life we function through our bodies. Our breathing, movement, mood, and posture, the way we hold ourselves altogether, create and influence our whole presence, our perception of the world and of ourselves. We are our bodies. Even if in a society that gives so much importance to a person’s mind, to explanation and understanding, we often forget about it.
There is often a gap between the way we express ourselves and the way we feel we potentially could. Throughout our lives we learned to respond in a similar way to certain situations, developing a kind of unchosen personal choreography of patterns of movement, thought, emotions and behavior. These patterns alienate us from our bodies, often causing discomfort and generating recurring moods that diminish our experience of life and lead us to an automatic and routine way of relating to ourselves and to others.
Personal learning process
Change comes with a wish. It can be very subtle, like a sensation of welcoming something new. It starts with the change of attention, the “beginner’s mind”, with acknowledging what is, with noticing the world and how it affects us. It involves learning to notice our honest response – not what we’ve been told is “appropriate” – and learning to give it space instead of pretending that something different is happening. We learn to own our feelings as well as thoughts in the mind and muscles in the body. Neuroscientist Candice Pert, physician Gabor Maté, and many others refuse to use either “body” or “mind” separately, and use the word “bodymind” to show how overlapping the two really are. We learn to redirect our attention, to reconnect the parts of ourselves that have been separated by the context in which we grew up.
Possible goals to start with:
– to achieve a change in a physical condition or pain
– to deal with patterns of thought (being “stuck” in old conclusions, inflexible opinions, “going in circles”)
– to gain more body-awareness, concentration, self-confidence, silence and relaxation
– to change a particular form of behavior (such as shyness, or nervousness) or situation that keep on repeating in your life, to create yourself instead of being created by your history
– to learn how to deal with recurring emotional state (fear, lack of energy, anger, sadness, etc)
– just being curious to learn more about yourself