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The physiology of transformation - how awareness and movement create change

Transformation: the process of changing

Our brain changes and benefits from us moving. The science is now clear.

Movement, awareness, posture, gesture, exercise and creativity all affect and change our brains. They are altered by what we experience. This is neuroplasticity, and means we are not limited to our old habits and patterns.

Movement is medicine for me and always has been. As I was thinking about movement and transformation, Kahlil Gibran’s poem “On Children” came to me.

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,

Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite.

And He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hands be for happiness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies,

So He loves the bow that is stable.


What if we approached this poem not as an instruction on how to raise children, but on how to lead our own lives? What if we are both the bow and the arrow?

I am the living arrow as you are, I am life’s longing for itself. I am also the stable bow the foundation from which movement takes place.

I am here to move, to change and to transform.

Movement is inherent in life. Allowing change, finding direction and the right next step are expressions of this life force.

We can consciously use awareness and movement to change our brain"s activity. This opens many opportunities for change.

Changing our neurophysiology changes our psycho-emotional and physical states. Our body has an inner wisdom that will emerge if we slow down, connect and listen. The right next step forward and moments of insight and clarity emerge, and lead to change.

Listening, being curious, patient and open to the body, following this process is a natural practice everyone can do.

There are many creative ways to bring awareness to your body and access its wisdom.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Find a quiet place to sit, notice your body and breathe, see if you can open to what arises. Welcome it with curiosity.

  • Notice if your body feels like stretching or moving, like a cat waking up from an afternoon sleep.

  • Find your favourite music, put on a few of your besties and dance! Dance as if no one is watching. Invite your family to join you and see what happens!  Enjoy.

If you want to explore further and experience the connection with your body wisdom, I would love to connect with you.

You can book for a free 20 min call with me here

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