First, I just want to say there are so many gems in yung pueblo’s writings, what a gift ✨
“sometimes you need to move slowly
so you can then move more powerfully
the modern world is so fast paced
that you feel pressure to keep up
setting aside what everyone else is
doing and moving at your natural speed
will help you make better decisions
and lift up your inner peace”– yung pueblo
This poem really stood out to me because it embodies the theoretical approach to our work at Emovere. Embodied therapy asks us to slow down. It asks us to listen, really listen to ourselves. What needs completion? What sensations are present? Where is the stuckness? What is it that I really want for myself? It is one thing to ask ourselves these questions, but another to slow down enough to allow the answer to emerge (emphasis on the allow part) from a fully embodied place. This is the place of true empowerment, where we can “move more powerfully” as yung pueblo suggests.
I know this is hard to do in our modern world. Whether we are carrying the wounds of generational trauma, feeling a constant need to prove ourselves worthy by what we produce, stuck in fear of the emotions that will show up in the pause, or afraid of disappointing others under the weight of demands and expectations; slowing down is hard and may even feel impossible. It may feel wrong or terrifying. It may feel easier to disconnect- to keep powering through, to do what everyone else is doing, do what you think you are supposed to do, to numb through food, alcohol, Netflix, etc.
Staying disconnected will likely only work for so long. Your body is still holding that stress and pain under the armor of disconnection. Eventually it will show up whether as burnout, depression, illness, or an existential crisis. This is where Emovere can help.
With the compassionate witness of your therapist at Emovere, we’ll explore how to find safety in slowing down and help you build the capacity and resilience to connect to your emotions through movement, somatic experiencing, sand tray, or metaphorical play and art and traditional talk therapy. From this place of embodied clarity, you’ll have the space to make choices on how to move forward in your life at your pace while allowing what needs to move through to do so.
Feel free to reach out to us at Emovere to schedule your initial session now.
By Katie Bohn, LPC, BC-DMT, SEP