Where do we come from? What are we doing here? How does our understanding of this develop? How do the personal circumstances of our lives – age, gender, race, class, culture - relate to the infinite or timeless dimensions of our experience?
These and other themes were part of the jam created by Andi Dumas, with Steve Hoskinson, in this Clinical Mindfulness episode. Listen to the conversation, and reflect on your own personal and trans-personal questions and experiences.
Dr. Berberet is an OI Mentor and relationship expert. She has worked to develop both a conceptual and practical framework of relationship treatment that integrates traditional therapeutic models with the science of biological and psychological evolution which serves as the foundation for Organic Intelligence.
In this Clinical Mindfulness episode, Dr. Berberet shares about how the OI-informed understanding of the autonomic nervous system translates into therapeutic support for couples. This is relevant for therapists and for all in intimate relationships, including support to move beyond typical stuck patterns, like “I’m right and you’re wrong”, “you don’t understand me”, “you never listen”, etc.
The outcome? Both parties perceiving their own behavior more accurately and perceiving the other’s internal world more accurately. Says Dr. Berberet, “What’s interesting, and universally true, for a couple feeling hurt and hopeless about their relationship, is that both are having exactly the same experience."WATCH THE REPLAY
Compassion is a pillar of both Organic Intelligence and Buddhism. Yet what do we mean by compassion, and how do we cultivate it? How does compassion relate to our fundamental nature, including our biology? How do we experience compassion differently through the three phases, and as client, and therapist?
OI faculty and meditation teacher Robin Craig explored these considerations in dialogue with Andi Scott Dumas, another longtime meditator and OI mentor in the latest episode of Clinical Mindfulness.
Martin Schlozer joined Clinical Mindfulness in “BEING in the Middle of Nowhere.” He weaved together his extensive studies in the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, the cooperative approach of Hypnosis from Milton Erickson, and many eastern traditions, including AIKIDO, SEITAI and KI-work, and how they express also the maps of Organic Intelligence®.
His unique life and work experience is reflected in his statement:
“There is an organizing principle in nature which waits to emerge in each of us. What we can do is create the best possible conditions for these intrinsic impulses to find their way — and for us to be found along the way.” —Martin Schlozer
Martin led us in an experience to easily feel this, beginning in imagination. He also guided us in connecting with a physical center of gravity and feel its helpful effects on our being, here-and-now.WATCH THE REPLAY
In this particular time of fragmentation and isolation, the capacity for connection is crucial for our well being and the survival of our beautiful planet. Developing the capacity for forming healthy relationships begins early in life. It also often develops in the context of play (think Peek-a-Boo, Hide and Seek, Red Light-Green Light, swinging on the monkey bars, etc..).
This playful "Call and Response" is encoded in neurotypical, individual biology. It also extends outward into relationships with others, creation of community, and larger systems. In fact, it extends all the way to the level of the Cosmos. Healthy relatedness is a rhythm whose fractal nature is present in all beings and phenomenon.
Join us in a conversation, and perhaps even a commitment, where we aspire to create and repair all nature of connections. Together let’s hold ourselves and all beings in a container. Perhaps collectively we can be as a constellation where each star lights up and mirrors consistency, curiosity and compassion. We can create and fill this container with attuned loving kindness to shine brightly in all, for all.WATCH THE REPLAY
“Shame strikes deepest into the heart.” (Silvan Tomkins)
As adults, we know shame as the distressing and unpleasant emotions, ranging from slight embarrassment to the highly charged and intense feeling of mortification. But underlying the emotion of shame is an innate physiological process present from birth that is protective, enhances our survival, and is free of meaning. As we come to understand the biology of shame, we can begin the process of de-shaming shame and increasing compassion for ourselves. To emerge from the vortex of feeling shame for having shame, we begin the journey of recovering our vitality and sense of aliveness.
Karen Bauman, MA, OI Mentor, returned to Clinical Mindfulness to continue the discussion with Steve Hoskinson on shame. In this talk, they discussed the physiology of shame and how this innate affect becomes the family of emotions we call shame. This understanding points us in the direction of our path: to integrate experiences of sustained interest and enjoyment such that a sense of self can emerge that is less encumbered by shame.
"Is efforting inherently undesirable or disorganizing?" While in OI we emphasize finding the path of ease, not having to work so hard, this might leave us with an idea that if there is effort, maybe we're doing something "wrong." Meanwhile, many meditation approaches emphasize a flavor of efforting or striving that might leave us with an idea that non-efforting is "wrong."
One aspect of Organic Intelligence is understanding the movement between the Phases, and being able to feel into the different textures of efforting and letting go that show up in each Phase. The OI mapping of system development clarifies how to attune to an "auto-organizing" impulse in both effort and non-effort.
In this Clinical Mindfulness episode Robin Craig, OI faculty, and Steve Hoskinson, OI founder, explore the very natural expressions of both effort and letting go, and understanding how these play out in the different Phases.
Watch the replay by signing up for the FREE Clinical Mindfulness series.WATCH THE REPLAY
Effective organizational leaders share the same fundamental longing as their employees: the ability and capacity to handle a world of increasing complexity, and better differentiate the various issues in their companies and organizations.
In this episode of Clinical Mindfulness, Charlie Ruce, LMFT and OI Mentor, joined OI Founder Steve Hoskinson to talk about his experience of applying the principles of OI’s 3-Phase Model to organizations.
As complex systems, organizations can be shepherded through a similar process as individuals to move out of chaos and towards a state of auto-organization. Steve and Charlie discussed what needs to happen in each phase of organizational development for flow to increase and chaos to decrease. Charlie reflected, as well, on his experience with mindfulness and meditation practices and how those also can apply to creating flow within organizations.
In this Clinical Mindfulness episode OI Mentor & Feldenkrais Method® practitioner Tiffany Sankary joined Steve Hoskinson to talk about the intersection of The Feldenkrais Method® and Organic Intelligence®, and how these two approaches together empower a person to live with ease, pleasure, and curiosity.
That freedom gives us access to a wellspring of creativity, and can surprisingly support us in being more well-oriented on our life path.
Joseph Campbell said, “I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive...we want to feel the rapture of being alive.” However, persistent feelings of shame can circumvent that feeling of being alive. And as often happens, we experience even more shame for feeling the deadening effects of shame.
In this Clinical Mindfulness episode Karen Bauman, MA, OI Mentor, shares a deeply personal process of moving from debilitating shame to connecting to her own joyful essence. Together, we considered the counterbalance to our shame. We explored how we can gently, with kindness towards ourselves, align with our essence. In doing so, we can discover what it looks like to move through the phases of attaining a sense of dignity and expanding into compassion for ourselves and others.WATCH THE REPLAY