Ladybug-on-dandelion-flower(Welcome to the first blog of an ongoing series of small blog posts on key topics relating to spiritually-focused somatic psychotherapy, coaching, and spiritual counseling. I hope you find them inspiring…)

“Take heart from every insight and breakthrough that comes your way.

Each time you make a leap, the frequency of your DNA leaps with you.

The inner process takes time and requires as much patience as courage.”

-Richard Rudd, Gene Keys

I love this quote. It points to an important part of personal, professional and spiritual transformation—taking heart from the small breakthroughs that come our way. Too often, we may neglect these small moments or dismiss them as woefully insufficient to meet the problem at hand.

But, entering therapy is a risky endeavor. It requires us to face certain parts of ourselves that have been hidden and perhaps repressed, often for good reason.

Connecting to these hidden parts of ourselves can be challenging and frustrating at first. But it is a normal part of the process that must be met and endured with great patience, courage and love.

Signs of awakening do happen, often in small ways at first. When they happen, take time to reflect on those moments of insight and breakthroughs and allow yourself to feel them and give them space. Without trying too hard, breath into them and be breathed by them.

As we give them space, we give them air and breath and life. These feelings and sensations might feel a little awkward, painful or disorienting at first. But over time as you rest into them and develop a secure relationship with them, they will show up stronger and stronger. A foundation is being built.

Somatic psychotherapy means touching into the sensations, feelings and memories we have in our bodies. Spiritual psychotherapy means that we give them enough space so we can connect with the deeper wisdom within, wisdom that may cause us to sit in Silence and allow the Presence to unfold.

This is what I like to call a spacious awakening. Small at first. Maybe even embarrassingly small compared to the noise and pain we hear from the rest of our system, but small things have always been the harbingers of great change.