Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Alan Davidson - Discipline as a way of Loving

Talking with Alan Davidson about the art of bringing yourself to excellence. Counter to our engrained sense of the word 'discipline', there is an alternative that celebrates the 'leaning into', the over-abundant love for the master or the art. So we can think of discipline and practice not as a negation of our selves but an embracing of excellence.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Allan Davidson - Presencing - Conscious Birthing & Dying

We have the "potential" to "experience" "connectedness" with the "infinite" in each breath we take. Each breath is "given" to you freely containing everything from the beginning of "time" to the "fullness" of this moment.

Friday, June 21, 2013

"Somatic Intelligence to Ease Chronic Pain" - SF Examiner

"Somatic Intelligence: To Be or Not to Be

That is the question. In excruciating pain, and told she would never be able to have children, Dr. Risa Kaparo decided at an early age to take matter into her own hands. Since the doctors did not have an answer for her very hurt body, she decided to literally look into the matter; into the body, herself."

Click here to read the rest of Madalyn Suozzo's article on

Madalyn herself is a medical intuitive with many years of experience treating cancer patients using regenesis.  Her own deep work in the healing arts lends her a unique perspective on the matter, and I was delighted to be interviewed by her.  Be sure to check out her site:

Thanks, Madalyn!

- Risa

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Gratefulness, the heart of the Somatic Learning practice: Receive the gift of your embodiment.

The following is an excerpt from our November 17th 2012 Somatic Learning workshop:

Brother David Steindl-Rast tells a story of going to visit a family and bringing a gift to a child. The child takes the wrapped gift and very politely says “thank you.” Then carefully opens it and says “thank you” again, then puts it down and goes and plays video games all day. Another day, he visits another family and brings a gift to a child there. That child rips open the package without remembering to say thank you and plays with it all day, finding every possible way to use it. Which child is really grateful?

How do we receive? What is most delicious in any moment that we can lean into, like a swan gliding through water, the full depth of this fluid substance completely supporting it. Giving yourself to what you love and being able to find what you love.  When you have to wait for evidence from the Universe that it’s all going to turn out all right you are in a state of distrust. We are wired/oriented to catch every possible negative threat (from our days on the plains with lions, tigers and bears). Our brain is tuned to negative states because at that time, we had to be aware of all impending dangers or we might not be around another day to enjoy life. Now our stresses are less immediate and longer term, but we are stuck in a stress pattern. This doesn’t serve us any longer.  It is destructive to our immune system, deep thought, creativity, compassion. Instead, lean into riding the waves of joy and interest. These are the only two positive affective states—joy (on a scale to ecstasy) and interest (on a scale to excitement).  When we are in these states, we are functioning optimally.

All other affects—shame, fear, disgust, dismell, etc. take us into bracing and constraint in the system.

Gratefulness—recognize this moment and find how you can receive what’s there. All the efforting and tensing towards a goal, protecting, defending, upholding and bracing will never serve you. Just lift the oars up and the boat will turn around on its own.

Many thanks to Lisa Chipkin for this transcription.