Rediscovering Your Natural Self
Explorations in Sensory Awareness, Movement and Writing
So the question would be: Is there a state possible in which we can be without watching and without judging,... simply awake? Is there a state of awareness possible that is permitted through our whole self from head to foot, so that everywhere we can be aware?"
- Charlotte Selver
"Wherever we are in our life, the deepening of the quality of consciousness within us is our most important attainment."
- Ira Progoff
"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
“Experiencing life more fully oriented in our senses allows our truer self to loosen up, unfold and flower. As we begin to live from the core of our authenticity we transcend the dualism of mind and body, and come home to the spirit and intelligence of the organism that we are. We come home to the natural world around us and within us, feeling more fully embodied as a living part of nature.
- Richard Lowe
“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
“ 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.
“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