Change Happens on Purpose
The world is asking a lot from us right now. What is consistent is the requirement that we as individuals, couples, and organizations evolve to be able to live harmoniously in our world. Regardless of our political, philosophical, and spiritual beliefs, we are being asked to better ourselves and our relationship to all living beings. Ecosomatics as a process for change encompasses all aspects of our humanness, leaving nothing behind in the process. Everyone I work with has some level of intention related to what they want to change about themselves. Invariably, one aspect of ourselves affects another aspect, which affects another – on and on. Hence a holistic approach becomes relevant for fundamental, sustainable change.
Living an Ecosomatic life encompasses an ongoing process of embodied change (somatics) with an ecological conscience to effectively live as satisfied and fulfilled individuals, couples, families, communities, and organizations with respect for all life.
A Somatic methodology offers fundamental, sustainable change. A prerequisite to true transformational change, for individuals and organizations, is attending to what is currently being practiced (individually and collectively), and to what degree our practices align with our mission and values. Sounds simple enough, but this is often overlooked.
For Individuals, the “Somatic” part of this change process goes like this:
⦁ Clarity of end results – where are you going, what do you want to work on
⦁ Understanding who you are and how you got to be this way – reviewing the dynamics, processes, and events that shape us, with an understanding of how all my experiences produce who I am today
⦁ Knowing limits and possibilities – how life’s shaping produces possibilities and limitations and how these are practiced
⦁ How limitations prevent outcomes – recognizing ineffective habits and practices related to internal narratives, recognizing how habitual moods and emotions run us, and knowing my relationship to my energetic self
⦁ Begin practices to interrupt unwanted processes
⦁ Since body and self are indistinguishable, reshaping the physical body to reflect the becoming self
⦁ Invent new narratives that align with declared outcomes
⦁ Develop new practices related to who you want to become
⦁ Work with what interferes with the ability to take on and commit to new practices
⦁ Reshape the self to what is essential for the future
This process includes conversations, somatic practices (reveals who you are and builds new skills and abilities), and a form of bodywork that disorganizes old shape so a new shape can more easily come to form.
The “Eco” aspect reveals one’s current connection to life, one’s own and the life around us. As westerners in the world, we vary quite a bit in this connection. Some have no connection whatsoever. Others are deeply in love with nature, though very few fully embody their connection to the natural world and the rest of life around us. To become “fully human,” it is mandatory that we reinvigorate that connection. Basically our culture has lost the embodied memory that we are nature just like the rest of life. From the words of Bill Devall and George Sessions, early Deep Ecology pioneers, this is about nurturing and living an “ecological conscience.”
How this shows up in the coaching:
⦁ Reveal in a feeling way at what level I live this connection
⦁ Employ nature and the natural world as a way to get closer to oneself
⦁ Employ nature and the natural world as a path to clarity within oneself
⦁ Develop practices that will build a deeper and deeper relationship with all life (this includes other people)
⦁ Develop practices that include all life in how one lives their daily life
The Ecosomatic process opens the possibility to be fully human in living the life we want, a life of satisfaction and fulfillment. Learn more about individual coaching.
For Couples and Relationships:
The Somatic component:
⦁ The necessity for the individual processes described above
⦁ Expose expectations without agreements
⦁ Reveal the dynamic of how each individual’s Somatic Shape interacts within the relationship
⦁ Create a vision for the relationship
⦁ Reveal and explore the 12 aspects of a generative relationship
⦁ Create generative practices for being in and resolving conflict
This process includes conversations, somatic practices (reveals who you are and builds new skills and abilities), and often takes place in conjunction with individual coaching for each partner.
And the Eco side:
⦁ The necessity for the individual processes described above
⦁ In what way does the natural world influence the relationship
⦁ How is connection to all life assist in both day-to-day activities and through the life of the relationship
⦁ Especially if there are children, is there a plan to live a family “ecological conscience?” How is this practiced?
The combination of Somatics and personal Ecology change offers the possibility of living fully within a relationship and as a beautiful example for children. Learn about couples coaching.
In organizational life, an Ecosomatic orientation implies living the mission and values of the organization and reveals the embodiment of the true meaning of triple bottom line in action. This is different than slogans, written values, and heady concepts that sound good but are not truly or fully acted upon.
A Somatic methodology offers fundamental, sustainable change. A prerequisite to true transformational change for organizations is attending to what is currently being practiced (individually and collectively), and to what degree those practices align with mission and values. Sounds simple, but this is often overlooked.
The embodiment of Deep Ecology is revealed by looking at the relationship individuals and organizations have with the natural world. The good news is that more and more people and organizations are realizing the necessity of living this kind of connection. From the words of Bill Devall and George Sessions, early Deep Ecology pioneers, this is about nurturing and living an “ecological conscience.”
Elements of an Ecosomatic orientation for organizations include:
⦁ Somatic development for individuals, managing their “stuff,” living accountability, the ability to offer powerful and relevant assessments, and clarity and effective request, offers, and promises
⦁ Clarity of values relevant to the mission of the organization
⦁ New practices for the moment to moment living embodiment of the values, not just as good ideas
⦁ Providing the conditions for full engagement for all
⦁ Aligning the needs and requirements of an organization with the needs and requirements of an ecological conscience (see below, Business and the Natural World.)
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