Letting Go and Opening Up- Fall 2019 Newsletter

Letting Go and Opening Up

Autumn holds significant transitions for many of us.
Summer is drawing to a close, temperatures are cooling and the duration of daylight is slowly fading. Families are experiencing big changes as the more relaxed pace of summer shifts into structured days of school and evenings and weekends filled with extracurricular activities.

Autumn is the season of Letting Go. Seasonally the trees and plants "let go" of their leaves as they prepare for the winter ahead. (As I was drafting this newsletter a leaf fell gently upon my paper :)) So too, we must begin to reflect and discern what we are ready to "let go of " as we transition into this new season. We may view the process of letting go as sad or difficult. We may be grieving the loss of summer and the moments we have spent with those we love. We may be grieving the loss of a particular stage in our life that has been completed such as a child graduating from high school and moving onto college (yours truly :))

In Five Element acupressure the Element of Fall is Metal and the meridian organs are Lung and Large Intestine. The extreme emotional state associated with Metal is grief or sorrow.

Taking Time to Pause and Reflect on your Body, Mind and Life:

1) As you reflect upon what you are letting go of this fall, honor and recognize any feelings of grief associated with the process of letting go.

2) Take time to explore where in your body you hold patterns of tension. This may be felt as a sense of holding back or an inability to release or relax tension patterns. Where does your energy move freely through your body and where does it feel stuck? Awareness of stuck areas provides an opportunity for delving deeper into information that may be stored in this area.
For example: is there a fear of moving forward or letting go?
Ask yourself what would that body area feel like with less tension?

Self-care Suggestions

We can support our Metal element through breathing exercises that promote a full exhale or letting go breath pattern. We can support a healthy colon by eating some raw foods, minimizing mucous producing foods and exercising abdominal muscles. We can be mindful of clearing our lives of things that no longer serve us including objects, ideas, behaviors and relationships.

As we begin to mindfully reflect on what we choose to let go of, we can begin to create space to open up to new ideas, opportunities and possibilities. We can explore how different we can feel in our bodies as we let go of holding patterns that create tension, limited range of motion and pain.

Our body can experience more ease and comfort,
our mind can be more creative in the discernment process
and our life can flow more smoothly.

Wishing you health and joy during these beautiful autumn days and beyond!


Learning to listen to what is inside- deepening internal awareness.

Learning to listen to what is inside

Our body and mind contain an endless amount of information. When we take the time to truly pay attention and temporarily turn off our outside stimuli, we have a wonderful opportunity to tap into the information, energy and wisdom within. 

Suzanne Durana describes Full Body Presence as follows:

The ability to feel all parts of your body with a good flow of healthy energy moving through you.  It also includes a connection to your inner and outer resources for health and a good sense of personal boundaries.

In an Unspoken Voice- how the body releases trauma and restores goodness,
Peter Levine, PhD describes Embodiment as follows: 

Embodiment is about gaining, through the vehicle of awareness,  the capacity to feel the ambient physical sensations of unfettered energy and aliveness as they pulse through our bodies.

Guidelines for learning to listen to what is inside during your bodywork experience:

1) Be curious.
2) Be open to whatever you may discover with a non-judgmental approach.
3) Be in awe of the amazing human body.  Explore gratitude and compassion for your body and mind.
4) Be patient with yourself and the experience.
5) Consider sharing/discussing your experiences with your body mind practitioner to enhance exploration, verbalization, connection and insight.

What to look for? Information may come in the form of Sensations.  

For example: warmth, coolness, tingling, tension, softness, heaviness, lightness, pain, ease/comfort are just a few descriptors you may wish to explore.

You can learn through exploring opposite sensations.  First explore areas of connection, comfort and ease.  When you have a strong sense of body areas that feel these sensations, then venture into areas of tension, restriction and possibly pain.  Return to areas of connection, comfort and ease if you begin to feel anxious, overwhelmed or a heightened feeling of pain.  Practice navigating between the opposite sensations and always finish your exploration with connection, comfort and ease. 

Lisa can assist in guiding you through body centered mindfulness practices that support your experience.

If you are interested in deepening your embodied self awareness, consider scheduling a 75 or 90 minute Body Mind Session. Invest in yourself and your life!


Lessons from our environment

Lessons from my dog

I had been pondering the addition of a pooch to our home for a few years. My analytical and practical brain could not find a logical reason to add another being with needs to our busy household. Still, the kid in me wanted the unconditional, fun, tail wagging furriness of it all!

The initial, focused search began the summer of 2017. I was led to a wonderful organization by the name of Lola’s Lucky day who rescues dogs from Texas and brings them north to loving, new homes. I drug my husband reluctantly through the home visit process to become approved as a dog owner worthy home. On December 10th 2017 Ziggy Tennant became a full fledged household member. He had been initially rescued from a shelter in Houston, TX a month after Hurricane Harvey at the age of one. A loving and generous foster family cared for and trained him for his launch into his new life in Wisconsin.

Ziggy had a rough start to life. I may never know the specifics of how he entered the Harris County Pet Shelter in Houston,  but what I do know is what I observe in his behavior on a day to day basis. He appears to seek what we all want and need in life from the basic needs such as good nutrition, a cozy comfy bed for resting, a loving environment complete with touch and kind words and physical and mental stimulation.

Ziggy is a reactive, anxious dog. Our walks are filled with self-regulation training. I observe how he gradually becomes more agitated and reactive with new, potentially threatening stimuli. He sees another dog and immediately goes on the defense with barking. I believe this is a learned survival behavior which is slowly being rewired as he begins to experience other dogs as non-threatening. We practice sitting and settling to help him feel what calm, safety is like in his body and mind. Then we gently move forward onto the next experience that lies around the corner. When he gets overwhelmed (seeing more than 4 dogs in a 30 minute walk), I pick him up, hold him close and remind him that he is safe. He immediately begins to calm when held and can’t seem to experience enough close, safe contact.

I am reminded that I too need to approach each moment and day with an awareness of my own mental, emotional and physical state.

  • What am I feeling and experiencing in my body, mind and emotions?

  • What events are occurring in my life that are activating an elevated response in my body, mind and emotional state?

  • Am I taking time to pauserelax and reflect on my current state and choices before moving forward or do I carry all of my built up reactions with me as I move through my day? (this is where the re-wiring of non functional patterns begins)

  • Am I taking time throughout my day, week and month to experience renewing self-care?

If you wish to learn more about techniques to help you pause, relax, reflect and renew contact Lisa to create a self-care routine that fits your lifestyle.

Ornament picture I purchased in November of 2017 before I knew of pending adoption of Ziggy (there was some interesting connection occurring that brought us together)


Ziggy (amazing likeness of holiday ornament)

Thank you Ziggy for all the lessons and love!!