Maya Angelou once wrote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away”
As this quote shows, the mind and body are never separate. Sadness is rarely experienced without a lump in the throat, and joy often feels stifled if we cannot jump with it.
The body is more than a container for our emotions, it is the vehicle through which we express them and facilitate their transformation. At Resiliana we work with both the mind and the body. We believe that human experience can be felt in the following domains:
In the body: In our feelings, physical sensations and in the actions we take, whether consciously or unconsciously
In the mind: In our thoughts, our emotions and the words we choose to give to them
In our social world: In the relationships we form with others and the way we choose to interact with one another
In our values: In the meaning we gives to our lives, our sense of purpose and the connectedness we feel to ourselves and to the world in general
When life has knocked us off course, directing us away from the meanings that give us purpose; when our relationships are suffering, our minds agitated and our bodies stressed and in pain; the way back to wellbeing is through all the domains described above.
For many years, traditional talking therapies have helped people to make sense of their minds, their social worlds and their values but, we forgot that an important part of psychological resilience is held in the body.
Marlysa Sullivan wrote (2020): “The body can teach something the mind resists. When one’s mind does not allow for an experience, the body can serve as a powerful means to challenge beliefs that may be perpetuating pain and suffering”
At Resiliana we know that there is more than one way to discover resilience.
Whether your pain is physical or psychological we adapt our approaches to suit you.