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Nature’s Invitations

Posted by: Angela Herzog on August 18, 2015 2:43 pm

Nature speaks truth into our lives on a daily basis.

So often, I lose sight of this simple truth, as my attention begins to zero in on tasks, appointments and concerns.

I was blessed to have a couple of weeks of summer holidays immersed in nature. Through this, my gaze began to widen again and I was able to receive some of nature’s invitations.

  1. Have I ever looked at trees and been amazed at how they are not falling despite their height?

The tree invites me to nurture my roots.

  1. Have I noticed how leaves respond gracefully and receptively to the wind?

What external forces am I fighting against?

  1. Have I enjoyed watching the freedom flight of a butterfly with a knowing of its journey to flight?

How can I trust the process within seasons of constriction that feel like a cocoon? Continue reading

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

Riding the Elevator with Dr. Peter Levine

Posted by: Angela Herzog on June 3, 2015 2:06 pm

There he was, the man I’ve studied from for the past five years. I have poured over his books and practiced his skills, and there he was, Dr. Peter Levine, the creator of Somatic Experiencing.
My heart was beating fast as I assessed the situation:

My colleague, myself — Levine and his wife.
Contained within four walls of a tiny elevator.
Levine — a foot across from me.

My thoughts colliding with each other, picking up momentum with each collision.elevator-787381_640

It’s Levine
Here’s my chance
It’s Levine
I can make contact
It’s Levine
Say something Angela

Nothing came out, but a sheepish grin as I stole a glance.

Continue reading

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

Confessions of a New Private Practitioner

Posted by: Angela Herzog on May 11, 2015 8:48 am

Full of anticipation and excitement, I clicked the submit button to register my business. It was official. I now was the sole owner of Embodied Healing Counselling Services. It had been quite a journey to get to this point and my whole body felt alive with the passion and confidence to begin private practice.

That was two months ago; now, as I sit reflecting on the last two months, I am noticing a heaviness in my body that was not there at the beginning.

Everyone says that starting a business is hard; a lot of ground work and little payoff at the beginning. It is one thing to be aware of that, another to experience it. I have devoted hours to design, vision, marketing; a whole new world to a therapist. I seemed to take exciting steps forward to only be slammed with another setback. The setbacks weighed on me, the uncertainty stirred up anxiety. The focus soon became the lack of progress, clients and money.

I lost focus of my vision.sapling-154734_640

And yet, as I sit with this heaviness, I sense an invitation to look at the bigger picture. I am slowing down and I am reminded of all the doors that have opened for me and the valuable connections and opportunities I have had. The list could go on and on of the support from unexpected places, exciting opportunities and a growing web of network with amazing professionals.
And now, I have an embodied understanding of the initial step of building a private practice; to build a solid foundation.

So, in this spring season, as we await the blooms to emerge, I will continue to plant seeds in my community. With a deeper understanding of patience and an embodied vision, I will trust that I am right where I am to be in this season of my private practice. I notice this knowing brings a sense of relief and lightness throughout my body; releasing the heaviness of pressure.

The season of harvest will come.

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA