Mindfulness Aloud 
  • Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher by Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield

  • Somatic-Experiencing Practitioner-in-Training Advanced Year (3rd Year) 

Mindfulness Aloud isn't therapy, nor is it meditation.

So, what is it? It's a body-based process of turning towards what's challenging, stressful, triggering, upsetting etc., and relating to it with a kind, curious, and non-judgmental attention.

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Why would I want to do that? In learning how to be with our experience, rather than pushing it away, we create the optimal conditions for tension to ease, wounds to heal and habits to untangle. 

 

Carl Jung said it best, "What we resist, persists." It's not our fault that we often push away thoughts and feelings we perceive as being in the way. We're wired to move away from what's uncomfortable and unpleasant! However, pushing away a looping thought, a stuck state or a challenging emotion often intensifies it, rather than easing it. With that being said, there may be legitimate reasons why we intentionally turn away from our thoughts and feelings. Maybe it feels too risky. We may sense that "turning towards" and "being with" our experience could cause us to feel overwhelmed, flooded, or even retraumatized. So, we want to respect that caution and its protective care, rather than push through it. Making the pivot to turn towards and be with a challenging experience often requires support, especially if there's a history of trauma.

What can I expect in a session?

Short Answer: Safety. Support. Choice. Pacing. Empowerment.

Longer Answer: Together we'll bring a kind, curious, and non-judgmental attention to a stressful experience, challenging life situation or habitual way of being that’s interfering with your quality of life. 

To help facilitate the process, I'll offer suggestions rooted in my Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner training. Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and stress disorders developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine. I’ll also layer into sessions my training in Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF). IRF is an experiential, body-oriented process of self-awareness and emotional healing, which was co-developed by Ann Weiser Cornell.

In our sessions we'll pay particular attention to the body’s felt sense. Another way of saying “felt sense” is to say felt experience. The felt sense is what you notice happening within as you share, for example, a challenging situation. By bringing a soft curiosity to an emerging felt sense and sharing it aloud, a middle ground comes into being. Instead of pushing away what’s surfacing or feeling overwhelmed by what surfacing, we can be with what’s surfacing. This is when things begin to untangle, shift and release: tension eases, insights emerge, spaciousness arises, and a connection to one's self deepens and expands. 

We work incrementally out of respect for the nervous system and the causes and conditions that shaped it. My motto is always - nothing too much, too fast, too soon. And, the dynamic is never I lead, you follow. While I’ll be facilitating your session and supporting you throughout your session, anything I offer is always a suggestion.There’s an experimental quality to these sessions, because we’re attending to whatever is showing up in the moment and then following its lead. So, I encourage you to ask questions about the process as we go, and you can always stop the session at any time.

Some of the reasons why people have sought my support include struggles with:

  • overwhelm, stress, anxiety

  • experiencing/ allowing states of ease, joy, happiness

  • having to make a decision

  • restlessness, procrastination

  • creative blocks/ stagnation

  • feeling stuck and/or lost

  • self-criticism, judgment, doubt

  • lingering affects of trauma

  • addictive behaviors and habits

  • heartache, loss, grief

  • depression

  • loneliness

  • injuries, chronic pain

  • upcoming surgery/ post-surgery

  • falling asleep, resting, pausing

  • unwanted/ unexpected change

  • disorganization/ clutter

Each 60-minute session costs $100 and is conducted over Zoom. A sliding scale is available. 

Contact me for a free, 20-minute consultation where we can talk and see if my services meet your needs.

* Please note, being guided through a Mindfulness Aloud session by MetaMinds is not psychotherapy or a substitute for psychotherapy. MetaMinds is not diagnosing, prescribing for or treating any physical or mental ailments or conditions.