Any evening with Alea Coburn:
WHERE: Peace Heal Grow 1419A E Commercial Blvd, Oakland Park, FL 33334
WHEN: Reoccurs most Thursdays. See event calendar for more info on specific dates.
COST: Sliding scale $15-$30
WHAT TYPE OF CLASS IS THIS?
This is a guided dance/ movement space! You are welcome to move however feels right for your body. I will facilitate various embodiment meditations, and I will be intuitively guiding the movement session. We will have space to share in a circle at the end of the class.
WHAT DOES SOMATIC MEAN?
The SOMA is that which is related to the physical body, separate from the mind; the viscera of our skin, bones, blood, cells, water, and nervous system to name a few. I like to relate it to the physical, bodily channels through which all energy flows. Thought, memory, emotion, and sensation are all examples of energies in various forms.
WHAT DOES EMBODIMENT MEAN?
To be embodied is to BE IN the body; to directly experience one’s own experiences on a tangible, bodily level. When pure awareness permeates ones entire experience, so energies can pass in, through, and then out of the body.
WHAT IS A SOMATIC EMBODIMENT JOURNEY?
The embodied experience exists beyond thought, beyond the mind, and beyond concepts. To be embodied is to experience PURE PRESENCE, undefined, unfiltered, unlabeled, and untamed. It is comparable to the essence of a child who does not yet know one concept from another. One who EXPERIENCES their world through unfiltered, pure seeing lenses is EMBODIED. To be EMBODIED is to EXPERIENCE THE PRESENT MOMENT from WITHIN the body, on a SOMATIC level.
WHY GIVE YOURSELF THE EXPERIENCE OF A SOMATIC EMBODIMENT JOURNEY?
When we can harness and cultivate the capacity, power, and potential that our sheer awareness holds, energy that may have been once stagnated in the past is given a fresh opportunity to begin flowing again. When all emotion is allowed to be fully felt in the body, this opens up the capacity to feel even more deeply and profoundly.
HOW CAN SOMATIC EMBODIMENT PRACTICES EFFECT EMOTIONAL TRAUMA, AND WHAT IS EMOTIONAL TRAUMA?
From an alchemical perspective, all trauma really is, is energy that flowed freely through the body at one point, but it received a chemical signal from the brain to stop flowing. This signal can sometimes look like a survival response, or fight or flight mode. Trauma can be triggered within a person in an instance so seemingly mundane on the outside, as a child hearing a parent scold them, wrong them, or reject them for crying. In that moment, the child may internalize the mother’s withholding of love from the child, or lack of space given to the child for the unfolding of its natural emotional releasing processes to occur, as a threat to their survival.
THIS EXAMPLE HIGHLIGHTS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LOVE, ACCEPTANCE, COMPASSION, AND SAFE SPACE AS VITAL TOOLS TO UTILIZE DURING THE PROCESS OF RELEASING UNRESOLVED EMOTIONAL TRAUMA AND ENERGY.
THE ALCHEMY OF TRAUMA:
Energy and emotion is WATER.
Physical channels through which energy flows, is EARTH.
When WATER gets stuck and is told by a stress or survival response to stop flowing, it STAGNATES and TURNS TO EARTH.
The WATER ENERGY, when stopped in its flow, gets denser and denser, eventually turning to MUD, which can eventually turn into solid ROCK.
Until the STAGNATED EARTHEN ENERGY is RELEASED from the body, one will continue to experience whatever physical or emotional energies are stuck there.
WHY MIGHT THINGS FEEL SO INTENSE AT FIRST?
Here is an alchemical scenario that is analogous to old and trapped emotion leaving the body after years of sitting still in one place. If there is a volcano that is sealed shut by SOLID ROCK, the heat of the FLUID molten lava underneath will continue to build and build, creating more and more pressure, until eventually, the ROCK SOLID seal atop the volcano will burst. Initially, the fluid will explode violently from the volcano. But once the pressure is released, and the volcano top is open, the fluid molten lava will flow smoothly and equally once again. The same can apply to releasing old or stagnated energies that had been stuck inside the body for years.
WHY IS IT SO VITAL TO FEEL OUR FEELINGS FULLY, AND HOW DOES RELEASING EMOTIONAL ENERGY EFFECT OUR OVERALL HEALTH AND WELL BEING?
Crying is one example of a natural bodily response to the excess production of a certain emotional chemical that allows it to be released. Through tears, for example, excess emotional chemicals are released. The CRYSTALLINE STRUCTURE of a tear of joy vs. a tear of grief LOOKS DIFFERENT TO ONE ANOTHER UNDER A MICROSCOPE. Now think, how else do we respond naturally to EMOTION? When we are AFRAID for our lives, we scream. We expel air. Get this- 80% OF ALL TOXINS ARE EXPELLED THROUGH OUR BREATH. Aren’t you a little more grateful that you’re able to scream? Now, recall a time in your life when you weren’t allowed to scream, or cry, or FULLY FEEL your emotion. How did it feel? Did it keep coming back up, and trying to come out? How did it effect the way you felt, after the fact? Now, think of a time when you ALLOWED yourself to have a deep cry, a good scream, or a nice pillow punch. How did you feel afterwards? Probably better, as you’ve done your body the service of purging toxic emotional chemicals from your body, that could have otherwise crystallized and turned into illness or disease inside of you!
HOW MIGHT UNRESOLVED EMOTIONAL TRAUMA EFFECT THE BODY, MIND, AND PERSON AS A WHOLE?
If emotional energy that is told by a survival response to STOP FLOWING, it will continue to remain trapped in the body, until it is given a SAFE space to be released. Stuck emotional energy can eventually manifest as physical ailments, illnesses, and diseases.
THE HEART OF MY OFFERING:
I want to hold this space for others, so we can grow and rise as as individuals into more spacious, compassionate versions of ourselves, which directly translates to humanity. I envision a humanity that embodies a deep awareness for the broad, unpredictable, unfathomably expansive spectrum of human emotion and the human experience. When communities can gather, unite, and share in the profundity, rawness, and depth of their most personal experiences, magic, intimacy, and connection is created.