Each week I post an update called Tuning In on what I'm up to and ideas for grounding, connection, and discovering vitality in your life. Most of the links on this post are informational only, but a few are affiliate links that help me keep up my website.
November 11th is Veterans Day
November 13th is World Kindness Day
November 14th is National Pickle Day
November is National Native American Heritage Month, National Adoption Month, Alzheimer's Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month, National Gratitude Month, and National Novel Writing Month.
Ideas for Grounding: I'll admit it. I don't have a regular meditation practice, but I do consistently try to check in with my breath throughout the day. I observe my posture and find a way to connect to the ground through my sit bones or feet and take a few deep breaths.
Ideas for Connection: Imagine if we slowly started to shift away from individualism and into community? What would that look like? Where are the opportunities? What are the small things we can do to create togetherness?
Ideas for Creating Vitality: Vitality inherently means movement—movement of our cells, movement of our energy, movement of our body, and movement of our mind. Think of vitality as the opposite of stuckness. It usually just takes a tiny bit of movement for us to find it.
Why grounding, connection, and vitality? Because these are the ways we regulate the nervous system. Spending intentional time in a regulated state allows our nervous system to wire in the direction of safety and aliveness. In other words, it's a big piece of the puzzle of how we repair the survival response of trauma.
What I'm Reading Related for Therapy: What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD & Oprah Winfrey
"Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain development and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry discuss the impact of trauma and adversity and how healing must begin with a shift to asking 'What happened to you?' rather than 'What's wrong with you?'"
Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma: Lifting the Burdens of the Past by Sharon Stanley
My Somatic Transformation consultation group is re-reading this book and doing a study group. Every time I pick up this book, I discover something new.
What I'm Reading for Fun: The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave
"Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her."
(I'm a proud member of the sloth reading club, so what I'm reading will not change weekly.)
TV Show or Movie I'm Watching: Fatherhood on Netflix
Projects I'm Working On: Self-development book on trauma and worthiness, book of poetry, ongoing content for various publications. Considering next steps in career training—psychedelic assisted therapy, biblio/poetry therapy training, or yoga teacher training.
by John O’Donohue
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity be lightened by grace.
Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.
As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.
As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.
May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of god.
Meme of the Week:
Quote of the Week: "You can be a good person with a kind heart and still say no." - Unknown
I'd love to hear how you are grounding, connecting, and creating vitality. What is helping you feel calm and alive? Or comment below on what books, podcasts, songs, shows, poetry, or quotes are resonating with you right now.
I'm Kerry (She/Her/Hers) and I am a licensed therapist, group facilitator, poet, writer, & speaker. This is a place to acknowledge and validate our suffering and trauma, while also learning how to turn toward aliveness and spaciousness.