"This is the real secret of life - to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play."
- Alan Watts
“Sensing and allowing what is needed, we begin again to experience our deep inner capacity to relate to the world.”
- Charles V.W. Brooks
“The noise of our own minds prevents us from deeply experiencing and learning from the world around us. When you are out in nature, be sure to take time to let your mind stop describing, analyzing, evaluating. Simply let it witness and appreciate what your senses bring to its attention.”
- Joseph Cornell
The past is already gone and the future is not yet there. Only in the present can we touch life and be deeply alive.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
“Awaken to the mystery of being here
And enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.”
- John O’Donohue
May we learn to return
And rest in the beauty
Of animal being,
Learn to lean low,
Leave our locked minds,
And with freed senses
Feel the earth
Breathing with us.
- John O”Donohue
We exist as respiring, pulsating organisms within a sea of life-serving beings. As we become able to hold this more and more steadily in our consciousness, we experience relatedness at an elemental level. We see that it is not a matter of trying to be related, but rather of living consciously into the actuality of being related. As we yield ourselves to the living presence of this relatedness, we find that life begins to possess an ease and a freedom and a naturalness that fill our hearts with joy.
- M.C. Richards
“ Simply noticing what you feel fosters emotional regulation, and it helps you to stop trying to ignore what is going on inside of you. …Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than fear, everything shifts.”
Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. The Body keeps the Score
“To capitalize on the body in therapy calls for a shift in emphasis from conversation to mindful exploration; from a sole focus on emotions and thoughts to the inclusion of body sensation, posture, and movements; from discussing new possibilities to experimenting with new actions”
Pat Ogden, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
“What we are doing seems so physical. It isn't. It's just to wake up.”
…Charlotte Selver, Reclaiming Vitality and Presence