Live life fully engaged
I went snowshoeing for my first time ever today. I’d been wanting to for decades and the day finally came! It’s mid-May, yet snow was abundant in the mountains, the sun was shining, it wasn’t too cold, I had plenty of layers keeping me just warm enough and there was a sparkling light and gentle snowfall. I’m happy to report that my recovery from years of dance injuries has progressed so that I could actually do this! It was a thrill for that and many other reasons, too.
Being in my body, moving in alignment with grace and growing strength, breathing as a meditation, in the stunning beauty of the Rocky Mountains with snow three feet deep, with enough rise and fall in the trail to challenge me in a do-able way brought up the inner feeling of being connected — to every cell of my body, to nature and to life.
What does “connection” mean to you?
For me, it’s being fully present, to myself, to another, to nature, to life. It’s living life fully engaged. Feeling something in “every cell of my body.” It’s really listening, or really being heard. Great conversations with good friends. Eating a meal prepared with love. It happens when I’m in my body — hiking or snowshoeing!, meditation, yoga, tai chi and chi gong. Biking and swimming. Horse back riding! It happens when I’m coaching, teaching or speaking.
That’s why I do the work I do! — And no, it’s not just about snowshoeing! It’s about being fully present and to live life fully engaged and being all that you are.
Keynote talk at the IEA, July 25
In preparing for my keynote talk at the International Enneagram Association (IEA) Conference, “In Every Cell of Your Body: Somatic Work and the Enneagram,” I’m interviewing several others who also value being in the body and have been committed to doing somatic or embodiment work and the Enneagram. Both imply listening to your body and experiencing life in every cell of your body!
Cynthia Winton-Henry and InterPlay: Unlock the Wisdom of Your Body
As a sneak preview, here is a 6-minute excerpt of my conversation with Cynthia Winton-Henry, the co-creator of InterPlay. Our conversations have had delightful moments of deep connection and shared passions; it’s been a joy getting to know her.
Watch the excerpt below and you’ll get to know her and InterPlay, an active, creative way to unlock the wisdom of your body. Based on movement improvisation, it teaches self-care for your personal and professional life, how to live life in a more playful way with creative strategies to deal with life’s challenges. Our conversations have generated that experience of deep connection and play!
Join us both at the IEA pre-conference day, Thurs., July 25, California
The day begins with my keynote in the morning, including this interview along several others, and Cynthia’s InterPlay workshop is in the afternoon.