Kintsugi living blog — body

Accessing the body's wisdom in decision making

Posted by Kenetha Stanton on

Accessing the body's wisdom in decision making

I struggle with making decisions. The bigger the decision, the bigger the struggle, but even small decisions are challenging. This is not unusual for my personality type (I'm an INFJ). My ability to see situations from many different perspectives means that I am often able to make compelling arguments for every possibility under consideration such that my mind gets bogged down in over-analysis as I try to evaluate the many equally compelling options. Likewise, my strong empathic abilities mean that I often feel other people's emotions even more strongly than my own. When making a decision, I'm often so aware...

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The breath of life

Posted by Kenetha Stanton on

The breath of life

Breathing in life by Damemusic, on Flickr. Used via Creative Commons licensing. One of the most life-changing things I learned in my yoga teacher training class was how to breathe. Of course, we all breathe every moment of the day without even thinking about it, but I had no idea how much impact the way I breathe had on my body, my mind, and my emotions until I learned how to breathe well and how to control my breathing. As I was reading Richard Rohr's The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See over the weekend, I learned that...

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Choosing guilt

Posted by Kenetha Stanton on

Even though I am learning not to be a "nice" person, those old expectations that I will neglect my own needs in order to do for others run deep. And I am just as guilty of placing that expectation on myself as others are of placing it on me. Those of us who have been trained to put others' needs before our own are often faced with choices that feel like no-win situations. If we do what is expected of us and put others first when we don't have enough to give, we often wind up resentful and angry, even...

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