Facing 2015

On the day when The weight deadens On your shoulders And you stumble, May the clay dance To balance you.* January is traditionally the time we all offer each other the best wishes for the coming year and look back on the year that is behind us. So let us start by sincerely wishing you ...

The World calls to us now urgently

The World calls to us now urgently
We send our love and best wishes to colleagues and friends shocked by recent events in France, Pakistan, and Nigeria, to name but three. The world calls to us now urgently. Each of us is called to think, feel, speak and act more wisely, more connectedly and powerfully. Each of us is called to bring ...

The Smile

The Smile
It was an unpleasant, tricky morning some years ago. I remember I wasn’t rising to it. I’d had an early, irksome conversation at home, followed by fractious classes. I had a to-do list that wouldn’t negotiate with the list of people who needed to be seen urgently. However, at this moment I was charging down ...

Touch as Nutrition

Touch as Nutrition
Touch could properly be regarded as a form of nutrition. We mistakenly think that touch occurs on the periphery of our self, a skin thing. But truthfully each surface stimulus travels far into the most hidden interior landscapes of our self, traversing long nerve cells right through the buried spinal core to enter and gather ...

Moving into the conflict zone

The most important thing I’ve learned about conflict is that it’s much safer to more toward it than away ~ @mikhaill, via @RestoraCircles. I’m very skilled at dealing with conflict, I’ll admit it. I freeze perfectly. Then I shuttle back and forth stepping away from the conflict, spinning round and heading back in. And then ...

Why You Should Be At The Art of Touch!

Fundamentals. One of the ways the Centre for Embodied Wisdom hopes to contribute towards developing your expertise in somatic or embodied training and coaching is by offering you opportunities to work with world class teachers on fundamental skills. Skills which improve your whole performance when you sharpen them, not just a particular technique or segment. ...

Of Masters and Slaves

“At the slightest hint of difficulty and pain, the body wants to give up and so it communicates to the mind that it can do no more, and indeed gives up. Once the mind decides the body is unwilling to do something, a tug-of-war starts. It is in such conflict that the body must be ...

12 Simple Things for Teachers (or Anyone) To Do When Under Pressure In The Classroom (or Anywhere).

12 Simple Things for Teachers (or Anyone) To Do When Under Pressure In The Classroom (or Anywhere).
The classroom can be a tough place to work. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed or triggered by the behaviour of students, the tension of being observed, or the pressures of delivering a curriculum. Our mind and body tend to contract under pressure. We move towards fight (irritation, anger, shouting, sarcasm), flight (giving in, spacing out, not ...

Ayaah! Power and kindness.

Ayaah! Power and kindness.
My daughter, now six, is at her karate class. She moves up and down the hall with the others, blocking, kicking, punching. There’s fifty children and young people here, from ones as small and round as Star Wars Ewoks to great elongated teens.  At the end of the hall she turns and snaps a punch ...

The Fine Art of Failure

The Fine Art of Failure
A few weeks ago, I started admitting my failures to the world. For the most part, they were nods towards the smaller self-inflicted irritations that tend to shape the day even without us noticing – that work like the first wash of a watercolour painting by adding a subtle colour that affects and shades everything ...