Combining the benefits of many body-mind disciplines, the Nourish Practice is an easy, revolutionary, Earth-based, felt-sense meditative process that dissolves stress and fosters a deep sense of fulfillment, calm, connection, and rejuvenation.
It is a life-changing and transformational practice that creates a body-centered experience for learning how to receive and feel fulfilled—precluding our need to try to fill ourselves with the consumer goods and things that can never fulfill us, which lead to addiction and further numbing ourselves to the inherent beauty and gifts of life.
In our outward-oriented, assertion-oriented lifestyles, we forget how to receive what we need to re-fuel and re-charge. The Nourish Practice allows this to happen physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We forget that many forms of nourishment cannot be grasped and taken; they must be received. This is especially true of intangible forms of nourishment, like love, appreciation, awe, and beauty. In the Nourish Practice we work with the breath in a new way, what I call “being breathed by the breath,” as a vehicle for nourishing our deepest selves.
We can eat well and do all the “right” things, but unless we know how to receive these benefits, we tend to simply employ more doing and consumerism, without really receiving the core nourishment from “good habits.” We never really become fulfilled or know peace and ease in our bodies.
The Nourish Practice therefore creates a deep psychic template for receiving, which allows to begin to gain perspective on everything lumped onto our lives, which we can then to begin to let go. It is therefore indispensable for anyone who endures not only stress, overwhelm, and exhaustion, but especially those wanting to turn over, or “nourish a new leaf,” of themselves into being—by first fertilizing the soil of their psyche, if you will.
The Nourish Practice is Earth-based and pregnant with soulful and somatic activism. As an environmental act of justice and sustainability, the Nourish Practice allows us to become friendly and intimate with the amazing physical, energetic, and surprisingly wise terrain of our deep bodies. As a wellness practice, as we become more integrated, honest, and kinder to ourselves, we treat others and the planet this way.
SERIES I is the foundation of the Nourish Practice, which is primarily a physically-oriented practice. Level I integrates our mind with our body through sustained, intimate, focused attention deep in the body. It creates a template or “energetic patterning” for receiving tenderness, goodness, patience, attention, and vital energy deep in our core. Level I has several parts, all of which build upon the foundational experience of “being breathed by the breath” taught in Part I.
SERIES II shows how to use all the tools of Level I to embrace our core emotional wounds. Where Series I relies on the experience of allowing ourselves to be “breathed by the breath,” Series II builds on this by “letting our emotions feel us.” On the emotional level, healing happens paradoxically—by embracing and welcoming our hurts with open arms, the loving presence of our abiding self-care. Level II employs the deep body-mind intimacy, relationship with “other,” image-work, and body-centered wisdom to show up for feeling and working with the hurts stored in our bodies that block our vitality, sense of meaning, and ability to give and receive love. Level II is a nourishing process via the clearing of pain, simultaneous with the recovery inner resources—our innate talents, vitality, passion, love, wisdom, and compassion—through our own abiding courage and loving care. Embodying grief work is the heart of Level II work. The more we love, the more can grieve, and the more we can grieve, the more we can love.
SERIES III is the spiritual level, which I understand as the creative level. It is how we give back to life for gifts appreciated at level I and the deep heart (love) and vitality we recovered in Level II. When we come deeply in touch with ourselves in Level I and then work through our emotional wounds at the same level of body-centered intimacy, our minds unite with our soul as the whole heart and—free of obstructions, once repressed hurts, and their attendant limiting beliefs—through this now clear and integrated channel, can be of service to the soul of the world (individuals, collective values, the natural world) by helping others live with integrity. Work at this Level is mostly about how to court and channel our newfound creativity and passion rescued through Levels I and II.