Why am I so hyperaware of my body?

Why am I so hyperaware of my body?

When I was younger, I thought being hyperaware of my body was just an unpleasant part of being alive. Thank goodness I was wrong.  I first experienced being hyperaware of my body during my junior year of college. That was a notable year. For the first time ever, I had... Read more
What does trauma feel like from the inside?

What does trauma feel like from the inside?

What does trauma feel like from the inside? Polyvagal Theory can help you understand the physiology of trauma reactions, and to recognize the internal experience that goes with it. I lose all self-control when I see a weed. Like an ordinarily obedient dog who bolts... Read more
“Being inside my body is so difficult”

“Being inside my body is so difficult”

Silvia wrote me to say, “Being inside my body is so difficult.” She wondered if Focusing might help. Yes. Focusing can help a lot—by shifting the inner relationship between our ill body and our inner parts that (understandably) hate feeling sickness or pain.  Thanks... Read more
“I can only relax when I’m alone”

“I can only relax when I’m alone”

Have you ever heard yourself say, “I can only relax when I’m alone”? Sensitive people are keenly attuned to people around us, and for some of us this attunement can morph into exhausting vigilance. Read on to understand how this pattern develops and... Read more