Why rest and attend to your body?

I am so much appreciating and enjoying facilitating ReSource. We are a growing group of women who are coming together to counter our culture of ‘busy’ and prioritise space for rest and attuning to the inner and expressive world of the body. We do this through explorations in Embodied Rest and ecoSomatic Movement, all aligned with the cycles and patterns of the wider world of nature.

Why is it so important to intentionally carve out space for rest and embodied practice, today?

  • Because moving your body, from an attuned place, offers space to release patterns of tension and free up energy in your body so that you can live more wholeheartedly and with life
  • Because there is something magick about coming together and engaging in embodied practice as a group that can enliven the practice. It can be hard to stick to practice on your own, despite good intentions
  • Because the way we live in dominant modern culture is simply not sustainable, and many of us are close to burn out
  • Because, if you happen to be a mother, carving out space for rest and returning to yourself is vital for your wellbeing and ability to be present with your children in a resourced way
  • Because, whether you are a mother or not, we all need ways to come back to the body in these times
  • Because it is in this space of rest and inner attuning that space frees up and creativity can be born and expressed in a more enriching way

Why do we fear resting?
It is common to fear that if you stop, you won’t be able to get back up again and function in the way the modern world demands of you. I find this in my own resistance to rest and embodied practice. Over the years, my practice has proven me wrong time and time again. 

There can also be a lot of emotion bound within tension and there can be a fear that a rush of emotion, too overwhelming to handle, may engulf you. This is why it is important to go slow, to dip your toes in the waters of your inner world and develop the capacity to contain these feelings.

When I allow space for rest and inwardly guided movement, rivers begin to flow within me. Space opens up in my inner world and how I relate with others and the environment around me changes. Something in me settles and I am more able to tend to what is important and be discerning with my time and recognise my limitations. 

It is ever important to remember our humanness in these times. There is a limit to what we can process and there is only so long that we can push against this before the body will begin to revolt, as we see nature revolting all around us.

Our bodies are made to be alive to a myriad of experiences, all in support of the healthy expression of each other and held within a wider healthy culture of reciprocal nurture. We are meant to have bursts of activity and play, balanced with time for rest and restoration.

My practice is rooted in the reality that the ways the dominant cultures of the modern world operate are not conducive to health at any level – personal, collective, relational, cultural, social, ecological, etc. 

My approach to embodied practice seeks to challenge notions around how we have internalised a need to adapt and ‘keep up’ with the modern world at the detriment of our own health and the health of our relationships on all levels. I invite the possibility of a different way of moving through the world, one more closely attuned to the pulse of nature. This is nothing new but innate in healthy indigenous cultures.

At the core of all my offerings is an intention to restore connection with the body, empower its voice and wisdom to emerge and join the great song of life. This supports a remembrance of our innate place as part of all life and our responsibility toward it. 

Will you join us?
Here is where it begins.
What do you sense, right now?