The Western world is home to many overlapping histories of violence, oppression, and abuse. Although we may not always be aware of these histories, they nonetheless have a tremendous impact on our collective neurobiology and, even in the most seemingly “protected” environments, radically shape how we are wired up for relationship.
This is because traumatic experiences are recorded and broadcast beneath conscious awareness, at the level of body-to-body communication, and are invisibly passed on through the generations. In the West, these lineages of trauma have come to shape the way we sense and feel the world and each other at such a fundamental level, they have become our “normal” — our culture.
In order to change our culture, and to dismantle the many social institutions that we have created from this distorted place we must reclaim access to our bodies, change our sense of “normal,” and collectively wire up for the more just, joyful, and interconnected world we were designed to inhabit.
Body-Informed Leadership teaches a core set of skills and practices to restore our bodies and our cultures to the compassionate, creative, and profoundly interconnected states we are designed for. It holds a strong and informed container for participants to explore their shared and diverse histories and experience, and offers supportive tools to feel, process, and integrate the backlog of pain that currently stands in the way of our collective transformation.
“Our bodies are the place where the most ancient, forgotten stories of our cultures play out; stories which often involve inherited trauma, unprocessed grief, and unconscious dysregulation.
As a result, although we may yearn for connective ways of living and interacting with others, many of us unconsciously embody disconnective patterns in our moment-by-moment ways of being.
Body-Informed Leadership supports us to change these patterns by teaching new ways to understand and relate to our body’s signals.”