Welcome to Inside Knowledge – the place to learn about preventing overwhelm, recovering from burn out and building resilience. My podcast, blog and series of online courses are my offering to the world.
My four online courses are available for enrollment at the special price of $20 each.
In our first course “Embodied Resilience – Breath and Body” we teach you how to become more grounded and increasingly attuned to your current state. We do this by harnessing the innate wisdom of your body. We then teach a set of tools which over time increase a sense of balance and well-being.
Resilience also requires you to have a good base line of general health in order to be more robust to stress. This is the focus of the course, “Embodied Resilience – Physical Well-being”. It is important to nourish the body so it is as healthy as possible. When our health is robust it serves to support our resilience. The deliberate focus is on “how” rather than “what”. We live in an information-rich age and it is relatively easy to find advice on healthy eating and exercise. However, even though we have this information it can still be difficult to follow through. We will help you to identify and overcome these road blocks. Once again we focus on self-awareness so you can develop practices that suit you. It is important to learn what effect certain foods have on you and which forms of exercise you naturally enjoy. The exploration material will help you to deepen your understanding.
It is also important to experience, savour and show gratitude for positive experiences and emotions. And we cover that in the course, “Embodied Resilience – Mental Well-being”. We introduce you to the theories and studies that support Positive Psychology. You have a chance to take tests and experiment with different ideas that have been developed within this field of study. Finally, you have the chance to choose which of these tools you would like to make a part of your life so that you can experience the full range of emotions in a healthy and life affirming way.
We help you pull together everything you have learned, all the tools, and turn it into a daily practice and we do that in this final course, “Embodied Resilience – The Journey Ahead”. We teach you how to harness the tools and shape them to fit your life. We teach you how to develop a regular sustainable practice so your sense of resilience continues to grow. And ultimately we show you how to enhance your well-being and operate from a place of balance. But before we do that we explore our personal relationship with nature. Through discussion and experiential learning we will become to see our identity as nature and achieve a deeper sense of belonging and groundedness. This forms a solid foundation on which to develop our personal practice of building resilience on a daily basis.
Inside Knowledge, the podcast, is about overcoming adversity, building greater resilience and creating a better life for yourself and those you love. Join me on this journey of discovery as I talk to a new inspiring guest in each episode and explore the many ways that resilience impacts our lives. Start listening to the podcast straight away via this link. If you’d like to meet my wonderful guests you can find out more about them here.
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“There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” Toni Morrison
High on the Horse’s Back, She Danced, and Felt Herself Return Home
Recently I attended an online writing workshop called Writing for Resilience hosted by the wonderful Nancy Siebel. One of our assignments was to write about our year from the point of view of a very kind person; therefore third person narration. This was a great exercise – worth trying – particularly if you struggle to give yourself positive feedback. I really did feel that someone outside of myself was giving me praise. I feel a little funny sharing this as it might come across as boastful but hopefully it might encourage you to find a creative way to conduct a kindly review of your own year.
2018 was the year that Lyn rediscovered her bravery. She escaped the confines that fear and anxiety had woven around her. She overcame shame and let herself be vulnerable. She listened and she shared. She collaborated and she created. She loved and cried and laughed and sang. She burst out into the world like a bright and shining star. And she retracted and curled inward and let her spark burn low. She opened the door to her trauma and allowed Rose to lead her through these dark and angry places. She reached understandings about herself that will transform her life and allow her to transform the lives of others.
2018 has been an extraordinary year. For some years Lyn had allowed life to make her small and quiet. And then, suddenly, seemingly from nowhere – she emerged fully formed and alive. It was like she ripped open her chest and let her heart be seen. She was courageous. She was incredibly courageous.
She discovered the weapon which is radical honestly. She shared her shame – the things she had been holding and hiding for many, many years. She gave people the chance to reject her, to judge her, to condemn her, to misunderstand her.
She learned to accept the gifts of her deep sensitivity. She saw how she runs and hides when wounded. And although she still tends to run – she no longer hides.
She has forgiven herself for her youthful impetuousness. And she has come a long way towards forgiving those who have wounded her. She no longer trembles when she sees a Police car. And she no longer hides her long battle with depression. In fact she has even begun to explore the beauty of depression. Its pared down, intense, solitary, singular, light. Like a single bed, in a small room with pale green walls and a small window that looks out onto a tiny corner of the garden. The steady determined focus of turning over the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The comfort of an English DVD. The tenacious clinging to life while at the same time existing outside of life. And finally, the re-commitment to life. The rediscovery of the senses, the beauty of this world. Falling in love all over again with this earth – this beautiful, magical, vital earth.
Politics and her own internal journey have walked hand and hand. She watched the Me Too movement unfold across the globe as she too explored and expressed her own Me Too moment. She saw fear, and darkness, and division dominate the news cycle as she once more was drawn down into the darkness of depression. But this time she didn’t let herself be alone. She told people about her struggle and she gave them permission to tell their stories too. She realised that along with judgement there is kindness, and compassion, and understanding.
She held both the love and the fear of horses in her heart and she watched as the love finally conquered the fear. She saw the inherent kindness in these powerful creatures. She learned to trust them as she began to trust her ability to be with them in a place of mutual power and partnership.
She connected with children who were wounded, and angry, and wild. She witnessed the bonds between rider and horse grow. She encouraged and supported these children to stay on their horses – to assert themselves and listen to their horse. And finally: she rode again. High on the horse’s back, she danced, and felt herself return home.
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