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Dear Deidre,

I have been so encouraged in so many ways by your safely embodied monthly emails. I am in the throws of my journey to healing, and am so encouraged every time I receive them. I am grateful to be part of your online community and have the opportunity share my experience and be encouraged by the experiences of other.

I thank you for all you do.


— (SafelyEmbodied friend)
Deirdre, the work you do is making such a difference in people’s lives. I am so thankful for your willingness to not only share your personal journey, but to help others along in theirs. You have been such a blessing to my life!
Thank you,

— F.P.
Having led numerous BSES groups over the years I continue to be inspired by how much the participants get out of the BSES group experience. They grow in their capacity to access and operate from a centered, grounded, more present, and compassionate state. These pathways get built in the brain in ways that surprise and delight us all. It’s so nourishing---for participants and facilitator alike. It is an honor to work with survivors in this very positive and affirming way.

— Andrea Gundersen, MA, CMT
Body-Centered Psychotherapist Live Oak, Chicago
Imagining supports repatterning

Imagining supports repatterning

  Meditation teachers whose focus is in training the mind consistently tell us that evoking a quality is cultivating the quality.  We might not “feel” the experience of this quality when we first do it.  It might take a while for us to align with new internal experiences but eventually, like any new habit, there […]

Note from God to Meredith whose dog has died

Note from God to Meredith whose dog has died

My friend, Pauline Beegan, sent me this from Ireland.  Someone had sent her this note about the “Dead Box” at the US Postal Service.   Nice to have good things said about the US Postal workers. Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith […]

Life Purpose?

Life Purpose?

(the following is part one of a series of posts contributed by Barbara McCullough, LICSW who I have known for years.   When I got her post below I got a bit squeamish with all the high accolades, almost edited it all out.  What I realized, though, is that in her humorous way, Barbara is making […]

NY Resolution: Listening for True Melody

NY Resolution: Listening for True Melody

Almost every day I sit with people who doubt what they have to say matters, heck they doubt that they really matter when it comes down to it.  It’s not that the world is populated with people who are dreadfully insecure.  That’s not the case at all.  In fact, many of these people that I […]

Meer Cat Holiday Wishes

Meer Cat Holiday Wishes

Those of us that love dogs…. and therapy…. and meer cats

Those of us that love dogs…. and therapy…. and meer cats

might like the combination!  Here’s an article in the Wall Street Journal about therapists who bring their dogs to the office. Then, of course for those of you who know him, I had to put a little Pasha in the post.  Pasha is my 7 year old Maltese who used to come to the office […]

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Speaking of love….

Speaking of love….

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7xBLvMIBZU] Peter & Peeps — Rescued Baby Hummingbird Fed in Hand by Mother Thank you, Barbara Coleman for sending this along.  It’s gorgeous.

For Dog Lovers Everywhere

For Dog Lovers Everywhere

With a video sent by Nancy Cook from Santa Fe for all of us to enjoy

We know ourselves from the mirroring of others

We know ourselves from the mirroring of others

   These are the photos documented in Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa that Hans Silvester has taken over numerous trips visiting the Surma and Mursi tribes in the Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia.   Every day these tribes find natural elements and paint their bodies, spending hours of the day assembling these incredible ornamentations.    “A small piece […]