Mindfulness and the Body
MINDFULNESS AND THE BODY
My therapeutic approach is deeply influenced by Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy. It is a mindfulness-based, body-centered approach, which is experiential in nature. This way of working is quite different from traditional talk therapy; while you explore your issues and concerns, your attention is gently brought to your present somatic experience. By focusing on your body in mindfulness, you are able to reach deeper parts of yourself that might not be accessible by merely talking about the past events on the intellectual/cognitive level. The body remembers what the mind might not. Although we might not recall our early significant experiences, they continue to influence us as adults in powerful ways, shaping how we relate to the self, to the others and to the world.
We sometimes find ourselves stuck despite an intellectual understanding of what's holding us back from the very thing we long for. By turning inward and settling in the present moment, we can explore and transform our somatically held beliefs and expectations. This way, profound change is possible; we can move beyond our internal blocks and have more options and possibilities. When we make a deeper, more intimate connection with ourselves, we can respond to life in a way that is more aligned with what we truly want.