Archive for June, 2009

Creating Space


My practice has changed over the years, as it will for a psychotherapist. I’ve worked from exploring emotions from the bodily standpoint in the last couple of years. Lately, I’m being drawn more and more to practicing “yoga therapy.” Really working from a physical standpoint and integrating it with talk therapy vs. working from talk therapy as the base and integrating how someone is feeling emotions in their body. Who know where this will go, but I wanted to share an excerpt from “Focusing” by Eugene Gendlin that is related. This is a really old book that shouldn’t be. It discusses how emotions are felt and carried in the body.

“Most people let their bodies be cramped into the shape of what’s wrong with their lives, being a monument to all the things that are wrong, every moment . . . Often, we feel so much wrong that we come to accept those bad feelings as the basic state of things. But it is not. The bad feeling is the body knowing and pushing toward what good would be.

Every bad feeling is potential energy toward a more right way of being if you give it space to move toward its rightness.

The very existence of bad feelings within you is evidence that your body knows what is wrong and what is right. It must know what it would be like to feel perfect or it could not evoke a sense of wrong. . . . You can definitely trust the whole series of steps by which your body moves to resolve and change a wrong state of being. You can trust that, even if the words and understanding of a given step are superseded, that step was the right step to come then, at that moment, and will lead to the right next step from there.”