Greetings from the Stones in Water™ studio,
What follows is an Exploratorium article on Wholeness, information on a new on-line class about Performance Anxiety, an August Immersion Learning class, VoiceCare Network workshops and more. Enjoy!
How’s your Wholeness?
Wholeness of being is our nature. Culture, science, and our perceptions split us apart from the world and ourselves. When we live from this split-apart perspective we become vulnerable to a host of struggles like pain, stress, fatigue, anxiety.
It can be a challenge to change our split-apart way in the world. Below is a stepping-stone tool to help you reconnect with your inherent wholeness.
The first set of questions are feeling & sensing in nature. The second set of questions are open-ended and invite inquiry.
Feeling & sensing questions:
(These are yes/no questions that have a preference embedded in them.They are a good first step.)
- Am I floating?
- Am I aware of the world around me?
- Am I calm?
- Am I free and balanced?
(If you mimic bouncing a basketball, that’s the feeling.)
If you answered “no” to one or more questions then inquire further by asking : “Why does it make sense that I am as I am in this moment?”
(These are open questions that don’t imply a preferential way to be. They develop your self awareness. It can help to think of a continuum of possibilities, suggestions below.)
- What is my relationship with the planet? (On continuum of heavy to floating)
- On what is my attention? (On a continuum of narrowed and/or inward attention to open attention to the world around me or attention out ahead of me to attention present in the world)
- What is my state of being? (On continuum of terrified/rageful to peaceful/joyful)
- What is my sense of my body? (On continuum of compressed or tense to free or light and open)
As you answer these inquiry questions notice connections between them. For example in a moment you might feel heavy, inward, tired and compressed or perhaps floating, in the world, peaceful and open. Making the connections gives you a sensory picture of your wholeness.
My work delves into these 4 aspects of your wholeness:
- Your relationship with gravity
- Your attention
- Your state of being
- Your physical balance.
When you understand your floating relationship with gravity it changes your entire coordination; when you understand how your attention organizes your system, you become more mindful of what you choose to focus your attention on; when you understand how your state of being works, you have a doorway to gaining freedom from useless or painful mental chatter and hair trigger reactions; when you understand your physical structure, you have access to a feedback system that can liberate you from destructive, painful habits. Seeing how these four are one whole system gives you an internal compass, and a direct line of knowledge built right into you. It feels like a conduit with the Universe built right within you.