The Brilliant Body Podcast with Ali Mezey

Ali Mezey

The Brilliant Body with Ali Mezey is a forum to learn about and liberate the brilliance of your body. Join me, Ali Mezey, and other body masters to explore pioneering perspectives on what it actually means – and feels like – to be embodied. Whether you feel disconnected from your body due to trauma, shame, pain, cultural conditioning or lack of education or you already feel at home in your body but want to learn to have more pleasure, awareness and access to your body’s guidance – this is the podcast for you. Each one of my trailblazing guests will share their expertise and unique mission to survive, and thrive, as a body. Together, we’ll explore how to access and engage the vast, detailed and useful intelligence contained within our flesh. So join us and reclaim your body’s brilliance! read less
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Beyond Massage with Holden Zalma: Body Brilliance as a Tool to Heal Others
09-04-2024
Beyond Massage with Holden Zalma: Body Brilliance as a Tool to Heal Others
Having earned each and every one of his stripes, this zebra definitely ain’t just a horse. If you are a hands-on practitioner, or anyone who has suffered from bodily restrictions, injuries or pain, this episode will shed some light on how those of us who touch and take care of bodies for a living, see, experience and help bodies whose brilliance may need some tuning up or a major overhaul. Please be aware, there is some swearing.CONTENT HEADS UP:  It's also important to clarify that the views expressed by guests on this program are their own and may not align with those of Ali. Ali meticulously curates a roster of guests with diverse perspectives and expertise to enrich listeners' understanding of the magnificence of our bodies. We urge listeners to embrace multiple viewpoints, and first and foremost, one’s own felt-sense of the truth.SYNOPSIS:This conversation explores the body through the extensive experience, and discussion between, two master bodyworkers – Ali and her guest, Holden Zalma – “talking shop.” While past episodes delve into the philosophical underpinnings of embodiment, this installment offers some insight on how the body’s brilliance can inform the hands-on healing process of so many. Ali and Holden discuss the complex dynamics (and lack of status) of touching bodies for a living, breaking molds and boundaries, and dealing with the adversity of being cross-disciplinary. Holden shares some of his experience and insight working with chronic pain and how it can become intertwined with one's identity and serve as a means of seeking attention and compassion. Holden challenges the notion of constant self-discovery, advocating instead for action and self-empowerment.EXPLORATION POINTS:- Holden unveils groundbreaking insights and practical solutions to chronic pain, offering hope to those who have long struggled to find relief.-  The profound connection between identity and pain. Holden sheds light on how chronic pain can become intertwined with one's sense of self, offering insights that challenge conventional notions of healing.- The importance of self-compassion and self-care in the healing process. Holden shares personal anecdotes and practical strategies for cultivating greater resilience and well-being.- Ali and Holden candidly discuss their decades-long journey as body practitioners, navigating the complexities of modern healthcare systems and offering insights into overcoming challenges to provide much-needed healing to those in need.- Experience a paradigm shift in your understanding of healing. Ali and Holden explore the intricate relationship between body and mind offering listeners a transformative journey towards accessing the brilliance within their own bodies, and yours.To be an angel to the podcast, click here: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tbbpodcastTo read more about the podcast, click here: https://www.thebrilliantbodypodcast.comMORE ALI MEZEY:Website:  https://www.alimezey.comPersonal Geometry® and the Magic of Mat Work Course information:https://www.alimezey.com/personal-geometry-foundationsTransgenerational Healing Films: https://constellationarts.com/MORE HOLDEN ZALMA:www.metatouch.comwww.myoalign.comBIO:Some say it’s magic. Others are in disbelief they no longer hurt. But after 30 yrs,300,000 massages and a testimonial list too long to mention, Holden Zalma is beyond magic – he has the MetaTouch.Founder of MetaTouch Body Balance, Holden Zalma has raised the bar on massage therapy with a bedside manner that is goal-oriented, sincere and attentive. He’s thrown the spa menus in the trash and has developed his own methodology named MyoAlign. This technique takes into account the mental, physical and history of the client to create a custom treatment that works by addressing the core of what ails you instead of just masking symptoms.   The MetaTouch “discovery and road to recovery” approach has helped many MetaTouch patients frustrated with the way modern medicine looks at musculo-skeletol problems,  battling with chronic and acute pain and plain old stress. Zalma’s goal-oriented approach has won him many accolades from doctors, industry leaders and, of course, from the very patients that speak of his touch.  All therapists at MetaTouch, practice with MyoAlign technique and offer the goal-oriented approach to wellness. Previous to opening up MetaTouch 30 yrs ago, Zalma was an assistant athletic trainer and therapist at the University of Southern California (U.S.C.) working with athletes on the football, swimming and volleyball teams.  Over a four-year span at USC, Zalma got knee-deep in wound care, chronic pain therapy and postoperative rehabilitation.  Zalma attended the University of Southern California obtaining a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Physical Therapy.  Holden also attended South Baylo university of oriental medicine and has had many mentors in multiple modalities that helped further his knowledge of the body and mind. Holden currently lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and son.OTHER RESOURCES, LINKS AND INSPIRATIONS:Stanley Keleman: Emotional AnatomyWilhelm ReichAlexander Lowen...
The Neuroscience of Love and Addiction: LIVE AUDIENCE Q&A RECORDING with Sarah Peyton and Ali Mezey
03-04-2024
The Neuroscience of Love and Addiction: LIVE AUDIENCE Q&A RECORDING with Sarah Peyton and Ali Mezey
Join Ali Mezey, host of The Brilliant Body Podcast as she welcomes internationally renowned guest, Sarah Peyton, for an encore to her episode ‘Your Resonant Body: Brain Circuits, Childhood Contracts & Reconceiving Addiction’ with a captivating Q&A session for a live audience. If you haven’t listened to Sarah's episode yet, we highly recommend you do that before the event. :)Step into the world of neuroscience, Nonviolent Communication, trauma healing, and Constellation Work with Sarah Peyton. With a focus on the effects of relational trauma on the brain, and the neuroscience of unconscious contracts, Sarah utilizes resonant language to shift self-criticism into self-warmth and to heal deep-seated traumas.Join Ali and Sarah as they delve deep into the challenges of maternal bonding, trauma healing, and the neurochemistry of addiction as well as resonant language and self-compassion practices. Gain invaluable insights and personalized responses to your most pressing questions about the body-mind.EXPLORATION POINTS- Sarah delves into the transformative power of self-compassion, breaking unconscious childhood contracts for survival, and expanding compassion beyond oneself.- The conversation highlights the significance of resonant language and its impact on healing and relationships. Sarah introduces nine forms of language that stimulate the right hemisphere, emphasizing body sensations, feelings, needs, and metaphors.- The discussion addresses challenging childhood contracts formed for survival and the importance of unraveling them for personal growth.- Sarah discusses ADHD as an imbalance of dopamine. She also touches on the value of resonant language that stimulates the right hemisphere, exploring various forms that light up the relational brain and foster connection.- The episode delves into the value of the disgust circuit, viewing it as crucial for setting boundaries and reclaiming the ability to say "no." Sarah and Ali discuss its role in establishing a sense of internal boundaries and living authentically.-  Sarah considers the impact of colonization on our connection with the earth and the body. The conversation explores the ongoing process of embodiment and the need to reclaim a deeper connection with oneself and the environment.For MORE ALI MEZEY:Website:  https://www.alimezey.comPersonal Geometry® and the Magic of Mat Work Course information:Five-films series (made by Ali Mezey) on Stephan’s work with transgenerational influences on illnessFOR MORE SARAH PEYTON:WEBSITE: https://sarahpeyton.com/BIO: Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and neuroscience educator, integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal personal and collective trauma with exquisite gentleness.Sarah teaches and lectures internationally and is the author of four books: Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing, the companion Your Resonant Self Workbook: From Self-sabotage to Self-care, and Affirmations for Turbulent Times: Resonant Words to Soothe Body and Mind, and The Antiracist Heart: A Self-Compassion and Activism Handbook, co-authored with Roxy Manning, PhD.FREE 2024 Resonance Summit: Explore the Healing Power of PlayApril 5 @ 8:00 am - April 9 @ 5:30 pm PDT Cost: FREEFOR SARAH’S DISCOUNTED GIFT TO YOU:Nearly 75% off her eight-week Introduction to Resonant Language Online Self-Study Course. It's already on a two for one promo, too, so you can sign up with a friend. Just use the coupon code, BodyBrilliance35 at checkout. After you make your order, add a note in the checkout box or shoot an email to help@sarahpeyton.com. Tell her your friend's email and name and you're all set for an incredible journey together. You can find the details in the show notes below. And have fun resonating!MEDIA: - 10 Key Concepts of Resonant Healing - 9 Types Of Resonant LanguageSARAH’S BOOKS: - Your Resonant Self Workbook- Your Resonant Self Meditations Exercises Ebook: - Affirmations For Turbulent Times: Resonant Words to Soothe Body & Mind - The Antiracist Heart: A Self-Compassion and Activism HandbookOTHER RESOURCES, LINKS AND INSPIRATIONS:Family Constellation Work brief explanation Bert Hellinger, founder of Family/Systemic Constellation WorkStephan Hausner, ConstellationArts: Transgenerational Healing Films Gobor Maté: Scattered Minds: The Origin and Healing of Attention Deficit DisorderDan Booth Cohen: His book about ...
A 'Good Death’ with Karen Bellone, Death Doula: Embracing Life & Mortality PART TWO
13-03-2024
A 'Good Death’ with Karen Bellone, Death Doula: Embracing Life & Mortality PART TWO
THIS IS PART TWO - Listen to part one hereCONTENT HEADS UP:  This episode contains discussions of death, dying, end-of-life care, and sensitive topics related to mortality, including chosen suicide and medicalization of death and illness. Listener discretion is advised, especially for individuals who may find these topics distressing or triggering. Please prioritize your emotional well-being while engaging with this content.Also, Ali wants to note that when she asks Karen about her thoughts on suicide, she meant to make a disctinction between “chosen” suicide (when someone wants to live but they are in too much physical pain/their body is too deteriorated without hope of recovery) and “suicide under duress” (meaning due to emotional/psychological/spiritual pain, that may or may not be accompanied by an unavoidably dying body, the person does not want to live). Of course facing a death someone does not want can also be considered duress!  SYNOPSIS:What does good acting and dying have in common? In this episode, Ali discusses all things death, dying, and living as bodies with Karen Bellone, Certified End-of-Life Doula and Death Educator. They focus on the interconnectedness of life and death, the significance of conscious living, and the complexities of end-of-life care. Karen shares her experiences working with dying individuals, highlighting the challenges of the dying process, including issues related to dementia and Alzheimer's. They discuss the importance of compassionate and holistic approaches to end-of-life care, emphasizing the need for conscious decision-making aligned with personal values to achieve a good death without regrets. Throughout the conversation, they reflect on the essence of embodiment and the importance of being present in the moment, trusting the intelligence of the body to embrace a richer life and ultimately a better death.  ALI & KAREN EXPLORATION POINTS:-  The concept of a 'good death,' this discussion emphasizes the significance of conscious decision-making and holistic approaches to end-of-life care, challenging societal norms and perceptions surrounding death.  -  The complexities, ethical considerations and medicalization surrounding end-of-life decisions, highlighting the need for open dialogue and support for individuals facing such choices.-  The role of a Death Doula, illuminating the profound support and guidance provided by these compassionate professionals in assisting individuals and families through the dying process, fostering a sense of empowerment and comfort.-  How our physical and emotional bodies communicate and play integral roles in the dying process, highlighting the importance of listening to and honoring the body's wisdom. -  Insights into embracing conscious living, pursuing meaningful experiences, and aligning actions with personal values to cultivate a sense of fulfillment and purpose.-  Sensory experiences shape our perception of life and death, emphasizing the significance of sensory elements in the dying process and fostering connections with loved ones.To be an angel to the podcast, click here: To read more about the podcast, click here: MORE ALI MEZEY:Website:  Personal Geometry® and the Magic of Mat Work Course information:Transgenerational Healing Films: MORE KAREN BELLONE:Film Website: Website: The Seventh Sense BIO:Founder, Doula, Educator: Karen Bellone, MFA, is a Certified End-of-Life Doula and Death Educator. She is the founder of The Seventh Sense in NY’s Hudson Valley, where she is an integral part of a worldwide community that is reigniting the wisdom of death within our modern lives. She is also founder of Exit Strategy for Dying, a monthly Death, Arts and Culture Readers supporting a resource hub to educate and refocus the narrative around death and grief through the lens of arts, culture, storytelling and innovation. Prior to embracing her passion for end-of-life work, Karen has had a long career as an award-winning filmmaker and internationally collected photographer. She received a BFA in Film Production from New York University, and did graduate work with the world-renowned Actors Studio, through their inaugural program at the New School for Social Research.After training and becoming certified with INELDA (International End of Life Doula Association), Karenworked with an innovative hospice in Los Angeles where her skills as a death doula were developed and broadened. In addition to working with patients in various stages of their life journeys, she was responsible for training the volunteer staff, nurses and other hospice and medical professionals to bring more understanding, humanity and compassion into their work with the dying. She spoke regularly with groups, such as the Alzheimer’s Project, about the role of the doula at end-of-life, and the space that can be held to bring about ‘a good death’. She believes strongly in the ability to demystify and assuage the fear that surrounds death in our culture and to foster safe passage for the dying, as well as to aid the families and loved ones through grief and bereavement.As a visual artist and storyteller, Karen acquired a multitude of skills throughout her career that unlocked a deep passion for the healing power of visual and auditory perception on human consciousness. She integrated these strengths and resources into tools to bring aid and comfort for those imminently facing their mortality. Working with somatic and sensory awareness, Karen utilizes visual, sound and meditation therapy, personalized guided imagery, and commemoration of the sacred in the form of ritual, legacy and memory work, in order to bring comfort - physically, emotionally, spiritually to celebrate and commemorate the life of the individual. In addition to her ongoing private practice, Karen is currently directing a feature film about living American artist Michelle Stuart, whose work also engages with the elemental and ineffable nature of existence.RESOURCES:Edgar Allan PoeErik Erikson
A 'Good Death’ with Karen Bellone, Death Doula: Embracing Life & Mortality PART ONE
04-03-2024
A 'Good Death’ with Karen Bellone, Death Doula: Embracing Life & Mortality PART ONE
CONTENT HEADS UP:  This episode contains discussions of death, dying, end-of-life care, and sensitive topics related to mortality, including chosen suicide and medicalization of death and illness. Listener discretion is advised, especially for individuals who may find these topics distressing or triggering. Please prioritize your emotional well-being while engaging with this content. SYNOPSIS:What does good acting and dying have in common? In this episode, Ali discusses all things death, dying, and living as bodies with Karen Bellone, Certified End-of-Life Doula and Death Educator. They focus on the interconnectedness of life and death, the significance of conscious living, and the complexities of end-of-life care. Karen shares her experiences working with dying individuals, highlighting the challenges of the dying process, including issues related to dementia and Alzheimer's. They discuss the importance of compassionate and holistic approaches to end-of-life care, emphasizing the need for conscious decision-making aligned with personal values to achieve a good death without regrets. Throughout the conversation, they reflect on the essence of embodiment and the importance of being present in the moment, trusting the intelligence of the body to embrace a richer life and ultimately a better death.  ALI & KAREN EXPLORATION POINTS:-  The concept of a 'good death,' this discussion emphasizes the significance of conscious decision-making and holistic approaches to end-of-life care, challenging societal norms and perceptions surrounding death.  -  The complexities, ethical considerations and medicalization surrounding end-of-life decisions, highlighting the need for open dialogue and support for individuals facing such choices.-  The role of a Death Doula, illuminating the profound support and guidance provided by these compassionate professionals in assisting individuals and families through the dying process, fostering a sense of empowerment and comfort.-  How our physical and emotional bodies communicate and play integral roles in the dying process, highlighting the importance of listening to and honoring the body's wisdom. -  Insights into embracing conscious living, pursuing meaningful experiences, and aligning actions with personal values to cultivate a sense of fulfillment and purpose.-  Sensory experiences shape our perception of life and death, emphasizing the significance of sensory elements in the dying process and fostering connections with loved ones.To be an angel to the podcast, click here: To read more about the podcast, click here: MORE ALI MEZEY:Website:  Personal Geometry® and the Magic of Mat Work Course information:Transgenerational Healing Films: MORE KAREN BELLONE:Film Website: Website: The Seventh Sense BIO:Founder, Doula, Educator: Karen Bellone, MFA, is a Certified End-of-Life Doula and Death Educator. She is the founder of The Seventh Sense in NY’s Hudson Valley, where she is an integral part of a worldwide community that is reigniting the wisdom of death within our modern lives. She is also founder of Exit Strategy for Dying, a monthly Death, Arts and Culture Readers supporting a resource hub to educate and refocus the narrative around death and grief through the lens of arts, culture, storytelling and innovation. Prior to embracing her passion for end-of-life work, Karen has had a long career as an award-winning filmmaker and internationally collected photographer. She received a BFA in Film Production from New York University, and did graduate work with the world-renowned Actors Studio, through their inaugural program at the New School for Social Research.After training and becoming certified with INELDA (International End of Life Doula Association), Karenworked with an innovative hospice in Los Angeles where her skills as a death doula were developed and broadened. In addition to working with patients in various stages of their life journeys, she was responsible for training the volunteer staff, nurses and other hospice and medical professionals to bring more understanding, humanity and compassion into their work with the dying. She spoke regularly with groups, such as the Alzheimer’s Project, about the role of the doula at end-of-life, and the space that can be held to bring about ‘a good death’. She believes strongly in the ability to demystify and assuage the fear that surrounds death in our culture and to foster safe passage for the dying, as well as to aid the families and loved ones through grief and bereavement.As a visual artist and storyteller, Karen acquired a multitude of skills throughout her career that unlocked a deep passion for the healing power of visual and auditory perception on human consciousness. She integrated these strengths and resources into tools to bring aid and comfort for those imminently facing their mortality. Working with somatic and sensory awareness, Karen utilizes visual, sound and meditation therapy, personalized guided imagery, and commemoration of the sacred in the form of ritual, legacy and memory work, in order to bring comfort - physically, emotionally, spiritually to celebrate and commemorate the life of the individual. In addition to her ongoing private practice, Karen is currently directing a feature film about living American artist Michelle Stuart, whose work also engages with the elemental and ineffable nature of existence.RESOURCES:Edgar Allan PoeErik EriksonExit strategy for dying (Karen’s monthly newsletter)Omega Home NetworkAll the Little DeathsRabbi Leder's book, The Beauty of What RemainsAllen GinsbergHenry Firsco WeissThe Rites of the Dying
Embodied Intelligence LIVE AUDIENCE Q&A Recording with Philip Shepherd
25-02-2024
Embodied Intelligence LIVE AUDIENCE Q&A Recording with Philip Shepherd
SYNOPSIS:Following the enthusiastic feedback from Philip's inaugural appearance on the podcast with his episode "Embodied Intelligence: Wholeness, Sensitivity, and the Pelvic Bowl," we knew we had to bring him back! If you haven’t listened to his episode yet, we highly recommend you do! In this recorded version of our live Q&A event, step into the world of the body’s intelligence – delve deep into the intricacies of embodiment where our audience had the opportunity to interact directly with Philip and Ali. Enjoy a grounding meditation to start it off, offered up by Phlip as a unifying and grounding exercise as well as a basis for questions to arise. Some of the questions posed: How do you experience the thought or the mind of the body?Could you discuss the difference between our conventional understanding of vigilance and the vigilance of the present moment, and how we might underestimate its potential significance in our lives?What does it mean if we open ourselves to the information that's available and we think with all of our senses, not just our brain? Please talk about how you understand that.What is the fear or resistance to just turn ourselves over to the body as the medium for knowing the world?Philip, where are you mapping the body, considering the balance between conscious and unconscious processes? How can we navigate our conscious mind to avoid potential pitfalls? Can you elaborate on mastering the mind within the broader context, where the heart houses the mind?I felt comfortable and truthful when I was in my head, but descending to my heart felt like entering a dogfight. There's a constant tug of war between being present and feeling pulled away by a powerful force that insists I shouldn't be here. It's a struggle filled with violence as I try to stay grounded. While there's relief in being in my body, it feels temporary, like I can't stay for long. How can I navigate this internal conflict and find a sense of home within myself?What can you say of the differences or advantages of spending time relating with people living from their head and those who are living from a greater sense of  wholeness and embodiment? How do we be with others from that perspective?I'm curious about your perspective on the phenomenon of projection. After spending time with someone, I often find myself experiencing emotions that I don't believe are my own. For instance, if I'm with someone who appears sad, I might leave the interaction feeling sad myself. This seems to blur the line between feeling and thinking, as I'm left questioning why I'm experiencing certain emotions. How do you understand and navigate this process of projection?How do you approach or reconcile this heightened awareness of the Earth's pain as you become more connected to your body and the Earth itself?Regarding the concept of wholeness, groundedness, and centeredness. During the exercise, as we delved deeper towards the pelvic bowl, there was a profound sense of resonance and silence that felt ancient and powerful. Can you speak to the significance of this resonance and the profound silence experienced in that moment, where it felt like one unified body rather than individual bodiesTo be an angel to the podcast, click here: To read more about the podcast, click here: MORE ALI MEZEY:Website:  https://www.alimezey.comPersonal Geometry® and the Magic of Mat Work Course information:Transgenerational Healing Films: FOR MORE PHILIP SHEPHERD: https://embodiedpresent.comBIO: Philip Shepherd is recognized as a leader in the global embodiment movement. He is the creator of The Embodied Present Process™ (TEPP), which provides both potent insights into how our culture desensitizes the body, and a series of over 150 practices to help people renew their sensitivity to the world and reclaim their calm, centered presence in it. He shares TEPP worldwide through in-person workshops and Facilitators Training, and has articulated the need for a new, more embodied way of being in two books: Radical Wholeness and New Self, New World. Both books identify the causes, perils and challenges of our culture’s disembodiment. Philip’s personal path to embodiment includes a two-year journey as a teenager, during which he traveled alone by bicycle through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. He has also studied classical Japanese Noh Theater; co-founded an interdisciplinary theater company; written two internationally produced plays and a television documentary; designed and built several houses; co-founded an arts magazine called Onion; played lead roles on stages in London, New York, Chicago and Toronto; and earned a reputation as a coach, both with individual clients seeking a deeper experience of embodiment, and for corporate clients seeking to improve their presentation skills. He developed TEPP with his co-director and wife Allyson Woodrooffe, who also shares the practices in person. His website and online courses are found at EmbodiedPresent.com. His newest book, Deep Fitness, was co-authored with Andrei Yakovenko and offers a revolutionary and highly effective approach to fitness.PHILIP BOOKS: (these links are to Amazon, but all distributed by Random House (yay, Philip!), you can find them in your friendly, neighborhood bookstores)Radical WholenessNew Self, New WorldDeep FitnessWatch other episodes:Episode Three: PHILIP SHEPHERD --  Embodied Intelligence: Wholeness, Sensitivity, and the Pelvic Bowl
“Into the Body's Knowing” Meditation w/ Philip Shepherd
22-02-2024
“Into the Body's Knowing” Meditation w/ Philip Shepherd
Enjoy a profound meditation gifted by Philip Shepherd at the beginning of our recent live Q&A event as a grounding exercise and basis for profound state-shifts through the geography of the body. We’ve provided a stand-alone version of the mediation for those of you who want to use it on a regular basis.This meditation offers a practice to explore the body's intelligence and challenge cultural beliefs about the supremacy of the mind over the body. By focusing on our centre of awareness, and connecting with the fluidity of the body's inner ocean, the meditation guides participants to center themselves first in the head, then in the heart, in the tanden and finally on the pelvic floor.Each centering allows for a unique experience and awareness of the world from that altered perspective. Participants are encouraged to soften into each experience, notice how it feels, and label it with a word to aid in remembrance. This practice offers an opportunity to ground oneself, explore different centers of awareness within the body, and attune to the world within and around them.To be an angel to the podcast, click here: To read more about the podcast, click here: MORE ALI MEZEY:Website:  https://www.alimezey.comPersonal Geometry® and the Magic of Mat Work Course information:Transgenerational Healing Films: FOR MORE PHILIP SHEPHERD: https://embodiedpresent.comBIO: Philip Shepherd is recognized as a leader in the global embodiment movement. He is the creator of The Embodied Present Process™ (TEPP), which provides both potent insights into how our culture desensitizes the body, and a series of over 150 practices to help people renew their sensitivity to the world and reclaim their calm, centered presence in it. He shares TEPP worldwide through in-person workshops and Facilitators Training, and has articulated the need for a new, more embodied way of being in two books: Radical Wholeness and New Self, New World. Both books identify the causes, perils and challenges of our culture’s disembodiment. Philip’s personal path to embodiment includes a two-year journey as a teenager, during which he traveled alone by bicycle through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. He has also studied classical Japanese Noh Theater; co-founded an interdisciplinary theater company; written two internationally produced plays and a television documentary; designed and built several houses; co-founded an arts magazine called Onion; played lead roles on stages in London, New York, Chicago and Toronto; and earned a reputation as a coach, both with individual clients seeking a deeper experience of embodiment, and for corporate clients seeking to improve their presentation skills. He developed TEPP with his co-director and wife Allyson Woodrooffe, who also shares the practices in person. His website and online courses are found at EmbodiedPresent.com. His newest book, Deep Fitness, was co-authored with Andrei Yakovenko and offers a revolutionary and highly effective approach to fitness.PHILIP’S BOOKS: (these links are to Amazon, but all distributed by Random House (yay, Philip!), you can find them in your friendly, neighborhood bookstores)Radical WholenessNew Self, New World Deep Fitness [From time to time, a word or phrase goes wonky. Please forgive my wandering wifi.]
Trauma and the Body with Amber Gray: Regulation, Restoration, & The Patience of Whales
21-02-2024
Trauma and the Body with Amber Gray: Regulation, Restoration, & The Patience of Whales
CONTENT HEADS UP: Be enriched by a thoughtfully crafted conversation where sensitive topics related to trauma, torture, and self-loathing are gently woven into a narrative that is ultimately about love. There are no graphic descriptions of torture, just some causes and effects, but we nonetheless recommend that sensitive listeners prioritize their well-being and engage at their own discretion/pace. Also, for those intrigued by the idea of swimming with whales, a friendly reminder to follow safety guidelines and never venture alone into such deep waters.SYNOPSIS:Join us in this episode as we connect with Amber Gray, a masterful Human Rights Psychotherapist and Somatic and Dance/Movement Therapist with over 25 years of experience. Through her profound insights gained from working with survivors of trauma, particularly torture, war, and human rights abuses, Amber shares invaluable lessons and practices.Ali and Amber explore the profound lessons Amber has gleaned from her work with both whales and torture victims, professors and shamans, including the complexities of dissociation, what traditional trauma recovery misses, and the impactful ability to shift one's state of being.Amber's integrative approach, which merges refugee mental health and torture treatment with creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies, offers a unique perspective on healing. The discussion also delves into the innovative Restorative Movement Psychotherapy, a resiliency-based framework co-created by Amber and her clients, designed specifically for trauma survivors in diverse cultural contexts.Exploration Points:- Amber talks about the lessons we can learn from whales, including their social dynamics, communication skills, patience and ability to adapt to changing environments and how whales' enduring nature serves as a metaphor for resilience and persistence in navigating life's challenges.-Ali and Amber examine the psychological factors and societal influences that contribute to people's capacity to commit acts of torture, shedding light on the complex nature of human behavior.- Amber shares insights into the adaptive function of dissociation in coping with trauma, highlighting its role in preserving mental and emotional well-being during overwhelming experiences.- Ali and Amber reflect on the origins and manifestations of self-loathing, its psychological impact, and strategies for cultivating self-compassion and acceptance.- Amber sheds light on the concept of “restoration” as a more holistic approach to healing after trauma, emphasizing the integration of past experiences and the cultivation of a renewed sense of self in the ongoing process of restoration and healing after trauma, emphasizing the journey of growth and resilience rather than a simplistic and erroneous, notion of "recovery."- Amber shares techniques for the power of state shifting: Exploring various tools and practices, such as mindfulness, somatic experiencing, and creative expression, for managing emotional states and promoting healing in the face of adversity.To be an angel to the podcast, click here: To read more about the podcast, click here: MORE ALI MEZEY:Website:  https://www.alimezey.comPersonal Geometry® and the Magic of Mat Work Course information:Transgenerational Healing Films: MORE AMBER GRAY:Website: https://ambergray.com/To be with Amber and the whales:BIO: Amber is a Human Rights Psychotherapist and a Somatic and Dance/Movement Therapist who has worked with survivors of interpersonal, collective  and intergenerational trauma, particularly torture, war, and human rights abuses, for 25 years. Amber provides clinical and transformational training on her Right to Embody  trainings integrating refugee mental health and torture treatment with creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies for programs serving survivors worldwide. She, with her clients, created a resiliency-based framework and clinical approach (Restorative Movement Psychotherapy) for somatic and movement  therapies with survivors of trauma in multi-cultural contexts, and they also co-created Polyvagal-informed Somatic  and Dance/Movement therapy,  based on 24 years immersion in Polyvagal Theory. The latter is the subject of her upcoming book, Roots, Rhythm and Reciprocity, to be published by Norton. She regularly facilitates WildZeNess Eco-somatic Body of Change retreats for survivors, and caregivers and practitioners, serving communities affected by injustice, oppression and trauma. RESOURCES:Gil episode: THE BODY AS A GIFT: A REVERENTIAL JOURNEY INTO THE HUMAN BODYGIL HEDLEY’S NERVE TOURCONTINUUM MOVEMENT: Founder, the brilliant Emilie Conrad, gives an introduction.ASHES AND SNOW VoDou: “ Vodou is both a religion and a way of being. It is a uniquely Haitian religion; an amalgam of the religions and  traditions originating in and on the Continent, that arrived to Haiti’s shores with the ships carrying those enslaved and stolen from their land. To learn more read Mimerose Beaubrun's  book Nan DomiLES ARIAIFS - Internal Family SystemsBrilliant article by Jen Percy: “What People Misunderstand About Rape,” Ed Tick: Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War:The Polyvagal Theory/Stephen Porges: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec3AUMDjtKQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWVg...
Celebrating the Senses with Rose Mary Riggs: Equine Therapy, Erotic Brilliance and Devotional Self-Pleasure
14-02-2024
Celebrating the Senses with Rose Mary Riggs: Equine Therapy, Erotic Brilliance and Devotional Self-Pleasure
CONTENT HEADS UP: In this episode, we acknowledge the reality of sexual trauma, so for our listeners that may be sensitive to such content, we’d like to make sure you’re aware up front…And we're also serving up a mix of happier adult topics Including, but not limited to, discussions about sensual sex, as well as some insight about masturbation and porn. We also have frank conversations about consent, trauma healing, and self-love practices. There’s also a sprinkle of pros and cons of cannabis use during sex talk and a pinch of swearing. And a celebration of the senses for dessert! Just remember, if you're tempted to purchase perfumes after this episode, opt for those with mare-free ingredients. SYNOPSIS:In this episode, Ali engages in a candid conversation with Rose Mary Riggs, certified Equine Guided Educator, E.G.E. and Yoga Therapist to explore the intricacies of sensuality, sexuality, and embodiment - and how the presence of horses can assist in feeling safe enough for all three. They discuss societal constructs surrounding touch and communication, highlighting the pervasive culture of non-consent and the importance of tuning into one's senses for healthy intimacy.Rose Mary shares her personal journey of self-discovery and self-love through a practice she calls "masturbation meditation," emphasizing the role of pleasure and sensory experiences in fostering connection with one's body and each other. The conversation underscores the significance of embracing curiosity, playfulness, and authenticity in navigating relationships and personal growth.EXPLORATION POINTS:- Ali and Rose Mary discuss the power of equine therapy. How interactions with horses can deepen our connection with the animal body and facilitate emotional and physical healing, highlighting the therapeutic benefits of connecting with animals and nature. Especially for those who have experienced sexual traumas. -. They explore the nuanced relationship between sensuality and sexuality, highlighting the common ground where pleasure, consent, and embodiment intersect.-. Rose Mary shares insights on her practice of  "masturbation meditation" as a means of connecting with the senses and cultivating self-love and acceptance and manifesting the life she desires. -. Ali and Rose Mary discuss the impact of previous trauma on sexual experiences, emphasizing the role of compassion and curiosity in navigating intimate relationships and healing past wounds.- They reflect on societal norms and expectations around sexuality, advocating for a more inclusive and shame-free approach to sexual education and expression.To subscribe now, click hereTo be an angel to the podcast, click here To read more about the podcast, click here MORE ALI MEZEY:Website:  https://www.alimezey.comPersonal Geometry® and The Magic of Mat Work Course informationTransgenerational Healing FilmsTO HEAR ALI SPEAK FURTHER ABOUT AUTHENTIC SEXUALITY, check her out as a guest on the Permission to be Enchanting PodcastMORE ROSE MARY RIGGS:Shakti RanchROSE MARY BIO: Rose Mary Riggs is a certified Equine Guided Educator, E.G.E and yoga therapist who brings nearly two decades of practice and intensive study to our clients. As an E.G.E facilitator, Rose Mary provides the bridge between the participant and horse, facilitating their interactions and drawing out and interpreting the horse's responses and how they relate to the participant's behaviors.This equine education team of horse and human encourages participants to become actively involved in their own learning and transformation. When working with her yoga therapy clients, Rose Mary incorporates both Hatha and Kundalini yoga traditions to create an embodied and therapeutic experience for her clients.Most recently, Rose Mary has designed a yoga practice on horseback for clients that would like to combine the benefits of Equine Therapy and yoga therapy. Partnering with horses and yoga poses allows for increased connection to one's breath and the centered nature of horses. Equilibrium Bliss. Rose Mary and her equine partner (a chestnut mare named Sophie) are currently offering Equine Therapy and Yoga on Horseback workshops and private sessions at a stable near Escondido Beach in Malibu, CA. When not at the barn, Rose Mary can be found working one-on-one with clients or leading women's groups in her Yoga Therapy practice at her home, Shakti Ranch, in Malibu.OTHER RESOURCES:MARY OLIVER’S POEM “WILD GEESE” - as far as we know, Mary Oliver first championed the term, "animal body." She wrote herein the exquisite revelation Rose Mary refers to: “You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”SONYA RENEE TAYLOR: The Body Is Not An ApologyHUMAN DESIGNJEN PERCY: “What People Misunderstand About Rape”This excellent article was published din the NYTimes so you're in luck, and will get to read the full article, if you have a subscription or know someone who does!Watch other episodes:Episode One: GIL HEDLEY – THE BODY AS A GIFT: A REVERENTIAL JOURNEY INTO THE HUMAN BODY
Walking Somatic Empathy with Joseph Culp: Narrated Demonstration of Two "Walks"
31-01-2024
Walking Somatic Empathy with Joseph Culp: Narrated Demonstration of Two "Walks"
SYNOPSIS: This is an addendum to the episode "Walking Somatic Empathy with Joseph Culp" on The Brilliant Body Podcast. We recommend you watch or listen to the full episode for a better understanding of Walking-In-Your-Shoes – what it is, why it works, why we do it. Here’s a great example of Joseph Culp following his body’s brilliance to offer Ali helpful insight to her new venture. This demonstration offers a clear visual representation of how it unfolds and, in this case, how it benefited Ali, and hopefully you, our Brilliant Body listeners... Joseph demonstrates his Walking-In-Your-Shoes somatic practice through two Walks. The first Walk embodies how Ali can best serve her audience with the podcast, while the second Walk puts Joseph in the shoes of the podcast's audience, helping Ali understand their feelings and needs. Watch Full Episode Here: Listen To Full Episode Here: To subscribe now, click hereTo be an angel to the podcast, click here To read more about the podcast, click here FOR MORE ALI MEZEY:Ali - Website:Personal Geometry® and the Magic of Mat Work Course information:Transgenerational Healing Films:FOR MORE JOSEPH CULP:Joseph - WebsiteWIYS Somatic Empathy - Workshops | Training | EventsIMDB Actor’s CVBIO: Joseph Culp is an actor, director and filmmaker, working in theater, film and television for over 40 years. He is known to many audiences for playing Don Draper’s father in the hit series Mad Men, and as the first Doctor Doom in Marvel’s The Fantastic Four.  In addition to producing several independent films, he notably wrote, directed, and co-starred in Welcome to the Men’s Group, a comedy/drama about a men’s support group, available on Amazon Prime.In addition to his work as a performing artist, Joseph has been involved for many years in the world of self-psychology and personal development. Joseph co-founded the Walking-In-Your-Shoes® body/mind process with psychologist John F. Cogswell, Ph.D during the late 1980s.  The method known as “Walking” combines somatic empathy with movement, mindfulness, and the facilitated inquiry processing of the bodymind. Joseph formed the Los Angeles-based Walking Theatre Group in 1992 to explore the use of the WIYS method in dramatic arts. Together with Dr. Cogswell, he continued to develop WIYS for use in psychotherapy, coaching, trauma recovery, creative and performing arts, business and community for the next 20 years.  Joseph has introduced hundreds of people to WIYS, in both performing and the healing arts, and trained many therapists and facilitators who have made Walking-In-Your-Shoes® part of their practice and life work. He founded the WIYS Institute of America and regularly gives workshops, seminars, and trainings in both the U.S. and Europe.
Walking Somatic Empathy with Joseph Culp: The Mind-Body Process of Walking-In-Your-Shoes
30-01-2024
Walking Somatic Empathy with Joseph Culp: The Mind-Body Process of Walking-In-Your-Shoes
CONTENT HEADS UP: This episode may inspire you to give the practice of “Walking-In-Your-Shoes” a go on your own. We waive all responsibility for any ensuing mishaps of cramped spaces, being near stairs or inspired bouts of wild and/or naked abandon. On a more serious note, we do discuss heavy subjects like trauma, armoring, drowning, rape and PTSD. But predominantly, we delve into the healing power and intelligence of the body invited into highly conscious motion and given free-reign and guidance to express all that it knows.Also, Walking-In-Your-Shoes can be done just as effectively from a wheelchair or with the capacities of any perambulatory disability. You just have to be a body with the desire to follow how it’s guiding you to feel, see and know.This episode presents a departure from our previous episodes. As in some of our upcoming episodes, we focus here on a specific practice and its transformative techniques aimed at unlocking conscious awareness of the body’s intelligence. While past episodes delved into the philosophical underpinnings of embodiment, this installment offers practical guidance on tangible methods to access your inner knowledge as an opportunity for revelation and growth.SYNOPSIS:Ali discusses a movement-based mindfulness practice called “The Walking-In-Your-Shoes” (WIYS) mind-body process with one of its co-founders, actor and director, Joseph Culp. WIYS is a process that allows the practitioner, in partnership with a facilitator, to address questions or needs through an intuitive questioning of the body-mind through movement. The applications of the questioning process are quite broad and can be applied to everything from healing trauma and managing addiction, to business development or a more organic method of acting. This is another means of “knowing” through your body. Ali and Joseph discuss the overlap between WIYS and Family Constellation Work and how both practices allow others to help take on and process trauma or healing on the behalf of another person. EXPLORATION POINTS:- Joseph & Ali discuss the intersections between the Walking-In-Your-Shoes (WIYS) body-mind process and Family Constellation Work. The episode explores how both practices facilitate the process of addressing questions or needs through intuitive questioning of and attention to the body-mind through movement.- The episode highlights Joseph Culp's personal growth as an actor through his involvement in WIYS. Culp discusses how this movement-based mindfulness practice has contributed to his development as an artist, providing insights into the transformative power of the practice.- Joseph Culp and Ali discuss the concept of "Walking for Others". The exploration involves understanding how facilitators can embody and navigate the experiences of others through movement, emphasizing the empathetic and therapeutic aspects of Walking in someone else's shoes.-  Joseph and Ali explore the therapeutic potential of WIYS for individuals grappling with severe trauma or PTSD. Discussing how the intuitive questioning of the body-mind through movement, coupled with the empathetic support of a facilitator and sometimes a group, offers a unique avenue for addressing and healing deep-seated traumas. - Joseph offers insights into how Wilhelm Reich's ideas have shaped WIYS, contributing to its foundation, while also exploring how Alexander Lowen's contributions informed the practice of following the body towards liberation. This exploration provides a comprehensive understanding of the historical and theoretical roots that form the intellectual, and practical, lineage of WIYS.To subscribe now, click hereTo be an angel to the podcast, click here To read more about the podcast, click here FOR MORE ALI MEZEY:Ali - Website:Personal Geometry® and the Magic of Mat Work Course information:Transgenerational Healing Films:FOR MORE JOSEPH CULP:BIO: Joseph Culp is an actor, director and filmmaker, working in theater, film and television for over 40 years. He is known to many audiences for playing Don Draper’s father in the hit series Mad Men, and as the first Doctor Doom in Marvel’s The Fantastic Four.  In addition to producing several independent films, he notably wrote, directed, and co-starred in Welcome to the Men’s Group, a comedy/drama about a men’s support group, available on Amazon Prime.In addition to his work as a performing artist, Joseph has been involved for many years in the world of self-psychology and personal development. Joseph co-founded the Walking-In-Your-Shoes® body/mind process with psychologist John F. Cogswell, Ph.D during the late 1980s.  The method known as “Walking” combines somatic empathy with movement, mindfulness, and the facilitated inquiry processing of the bodymind. Joseph formed the Los Angeles-based Walking Theatre Group in 1992 to explore the use of the WIYS method in dramatic arts. Together with Dr. Cogswell, he continued to develop WIYS for use in psychotherapy, coaching, trauma recovery, creative and performing arts, business and community for the next 20 years.  Joseph has introduced hundreds of people to WIYS, in both performing and the healing arts, and trained many therapists and facilitators who have made Walking-In-Your-Shoes® part of their practice and life work. He founded the WIYS Institute of America and regularly gives workshops, seminars, and trainings in both the U.S. and Europe.WIYS COMMUNITY MONTHLY MEETING (Free community sessions with Joseph Culp) WIYS ONLINE CERTIFICATION TRAININGWIYS MESSAGE FROM JOSEPH CULPWIYS SOMATIC EMPATHY PROCESSIMDB Actor’s CVMEDIA: Joseph’s film, “We...
Your Resonant Body with Sarah Peyton: Brain Circuits, Childhood Contracts & Reconceiving Addiction
23-01-2024
Your Resonant Body with Sarah Peyton: Brain Circuits, Childhood Contracts & Reconceiving Addiction
CONTENT HEADS UP: Expect brain science with a side of profanity. Yup, in discussing the resonance of swear words we use several of them. But the main course is a frank discussion of brain circuits, unconscious contracts, resonant mothering, the chemical strategy of addiction, and challenges of feeling like you belong to Earth. This episode may make you want to hug your mom, empower your disgust circuit and say “NO” more often.SYNOPSIS:In this engaging dialogue, Ali Mezey converses with Sarah Peyton, a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, Neuroscience Educator and renowned Family Constellation Facilitator and Trainer. Sarah skillfully merges brain science and resonant language to gently address personal and collective trauma.Internationally acclaimed as an author and teacher, Sarah reflects on her Alaskan upbringing, unraveling the intricacies of resonance, brain circuits, and neurotransmitters. The discussion explores trauma, resonant language, and the impact of substances on brain-body balance, linking alcohol, sugar, and emotional disconnection. Peyton navigates self-compassion, childhood contracts, and emphasizes the valuable role of the disgust circuit.The exploration extends to hemispheric functions, shedding light on the impact of colonization on our connection with the earth. Peyton encourages listeners to release metaphorical spider webs, foster neural connections of resonance, and embrace kindness. This conversation provides profound insights into identity, attachment patterns, and the transformative potential of cultivating resonance and compassion.EXPLORATION POINTS- Sarah delves into the transformative power of self-compassion, breaking unconscious childhood contracts for survival, and expanding compassion beyond oneself.- The conversation highlights the significance of resonant language and its impact on healing and relationships. Sarah introduces nine forms of language that stimulate the right hemisphere, emphasizing body sensations, feelings, needs, and metaphors.- The discussion addresses challenging childhood contracts formed for survival and the importance of unraveling them for personal growth.- Sarah also touches on the value of resonant language that stimulates the right hemisphere, exploring various forms that light up the relational brain and foster connection.- The episode delves into the value of the disgust circuit, viewing it as crucial for setting boundaries and reclaiming the ability to say "no." Sarah and Ali discuss its role in establishing a sense of internal boundaries and living authentically.-  Sarah considers the impact of colonization on our connection with the earth and the body. The conversation explores the ongoing process of embodiment and the need to reclaim a deeper connection with oneself and the environment.To subscribe now, click hereTo be an angel to the podcast, click here To read more about the podcast, click here FOR MORE ALI MEZEY:Ali - Website:Personal Geometry® and the Magic of Mat Work Course information:Transgenerational Healing Films:FOR MORE SARAH PEYTON:SARAH – WEBSITESARAH – INSTAGRAMBIO: Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and neuroscience educator, integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal personal and collective trauma with exquisite gentleness.Sarah teaches and lectures internationally and is the author of four books: Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing, the companion Your Resonant Self Workbook: From Self-sabotage to Self-care, and Affirmations for Turbulent Times: Resonant Words to Soothe Body and Mind, and The Antiracist Heart: A Self-Compassion and Activism Handbook, co-authored with Roxy Manning, PhD.FOR SARAH’S DISCOUNTED GIFT TO YOU:Nearly 75% off her eight-week Introduction to Resonant Language Online Self-Study Course. It's already on a two for one promo, too, so you can sign up with a friend. Just use the coupon code, BodyBrilliance35 at checkout. After you make your order, add a note in the checkout box or shoot an email to help@sarahpeyton.com. Tell her your friend's email and name and you're all set for an incredible journey together. You can find the details in the show notes below. And have fun resonating!SOULASTALGIA: As opposed to nostalgia-the melancholia or homesickness experienced by individuals when separated from a loved home--solastalgia is the distress that is produced by environmental change impacting on people while they are directly connected to their home environment.MEDIA: 10 Key Concepts of Resonant Healing9 Types Of Resonant LanguageSARAH’S BOOKS: Your Resonant Self WorkbookYour Resonant Self Meditations Exercises EbookAffirmations For Turbulent Times: Resonant Words to Soothe Body & MindThe Antiracist Heart: A Self-Compassion and Activism HandbookOTHER RESOURCES, LINKS AND INSPIRATIONS:Family Constellation Work brief explanationBert Hellinger, founder of Family/Systemic Constellation WorkStephan Hausner film series, ConstellationArts: Transgenerational Healing FilmsStephan Hausner book: Even If It Cost Me My LifeFive-films series (made by Ali Mezey) on Stephan’s work with transgenerational influences on illness: Iain McGilchrist
Ali asks 11 body masters: How Do You Define EMBODIMENT?
17-01-2024
Ali asks 11 body masters: How Do You Define EMBODIMENT?
We frequently encounter challenges in conveying the depth and breadth of our experiences of being our bodies, using everyday language, particularly when newly popular terms become “buzz” words quickly obscuring, or not continuing to explore, what they even mean. At the end of each episode of The Brilliant Body Podcast, I pose a simple yet profound question to my guests: "How do you define embodiment?" I’ve combined the responses to form this mini-sode, offering you a mosaic of perspectives and language used to describe embodiment by pioneering body masters who have studied their own, and others bodies for years.Enjoy listening to what they have to say, and hopefully enrich your definition, and understanding, of what embodiment means to you.In order of appearance in this trailer (full episode of each guest is on the way if it isn't linked below):Philip Shepherd, Embodiment LeaderSarah Peyton, Neuroscience EducatorMarcella Boterro, Continuum Movement & Somatic EducatorHolden Zalma, Master Bodyworker & TrainerMona Wind, Spiritual Teacher & HealerBarry Krost, Family Constellation Facilitator & BodyworkerJoseph Culp, Walking-In-Your-Shoes Co-Founder & Actor/Director Rachel Fell, Business Coach & Creative StrategistCameron West, Aquatic Integration Founder & EducatorGil Hedley, Integral AnatomistRose Mary Riggs, Equine TherapistTo watch The Brilliant Body Podcast, head HERETo subscribe now, click hereTo be an angel to the podcast, click here To read more about the podcast, click here FOR MORE ALI MEZEY:ALI - WebsiteALI - LinkTreeALI's Course Information: Personal Geometry® and the Magic of Mat WorkALI's Transgenerational Healing Film Series
Embodied Intelligence with Philip Shepherd: Wholeness, Sensitivity, and the Pelvic Bowl
28-12-2023
Embodied Intelligence with Philip Shepherd: Wholeness, Sensitivity, and the Pelvic Bowl
THE BRILLIANT BODY PODCAST w/ ALI MEZEY:"Embodied Intelligence with Philip Shepherd: Wholeness, Sensitivity, and the Pelvic Bowl"TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/RjXbXboi6m8To subscribe now, click hereTo be an angel to the podcast, click here To read more about the podcast, click here FOR MORE ALI MEZEY:ALI - WebsiteALI - LinkTreeSYNOPSIS:In this episode of The Brilliant Body Podcast, Ali Mezey interviews Philip Shepherd, a luminary in the global embodiment movement. Together, Ali and Philip explore countercultural aspects of embodiment, the importance of challenging societal norms, and the need to advocate for a shift towards present-centered awareness.Central to the conversation is the profound impact of the pelvic bowl, a core element of Philip's teachings. Drawing inspiration from cultures that value the body differently, Philip highlights the concept of Hara in Japanese Noh theater. He traces the historical shift in Western culture from the belly as the thinking center to the current emphasis on the head, revealing a narrative of mistrust in the body.Sensitivity emerges as a core theme of the conversation, which Philip positions as the foundation of intelligence. Ali and Philip delve into the subtleties of staying “dropped in” to the pelvic floor, stressing the gentle and patient approach required for restoring sensitivity, especially in individuals who have experienced trauma. Throughout the episode, the exploration of embodiment, cultural shifts, and the profound connection between the body and the world converges into a call to action. The duo inspires listeners to nurture sensitivity, embrace radical wholeness, and reclaim their true intelligence, fostering the evolution of both individual and collective consciousness.EXPLORATION POINTS:Ali and Philip discuss the geography of intelligence and the significance of the pelvic bowl as the base of experiencing our wholeness.Philip traces the d/evolution of Western culture from valuing the belly as the center to the current emphasis on the head and mistrust of the body.They discuss sensitivity as the foundation of intelligence and explore the nuances of restoring sensitivity, particularly in trauma survivors.Philip unpacks the fallacy of independence, and vividly describes the self as being in constant felt-relationship with the world.The conversation ultimately advocates that we recognize and learn to live from our full intelligence as a key to cultural evolution. FOR MORE PHILIP SHEPHERD:BIO: Philip Shepherd is recognized as a leader in the global embodiment movement. He is the creator of The Embodied Present Process™ (TEPP), which provides both potent insights into how our culture desensitizes the body, and a series of over 150 practices to help people renew their sensitivity to the world and reclaim their calm, centred presence in it. He shares TEPP worldwide through in-person workshops and Facilitators Trainings, and has articulated the need for a new, more embodied way of being in two books: Radical Wholeness and New Self, New World. Both books identify the causes, perils and challenges of our culture’s disembodiment. Philip’s personal path to embodiment includes a two-year journey as a teenager, during which he traveled alone by bicycle through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. He has also studied classical Japanese Noh Theater; co-founded an interdisciplinary theatre company; written two internationally produced plays and a television documentary; designed and built several houses; co-founded an arts magazine called Onion; played lead roles on stages in London, New York, Chicago and Toronto; and earned a reputation as a coach, both with individual clients seeking a deeper experience of embodiment, and for corporate clients seeking to improve their presentation skills. He developed TEPP with his co-director and wife Allyson Woodrooffe, who also shares the practices in person. His website and online courses are found at EmbodiedPresent.com. His newest book, Deep Fitness, was co-authored with Andrei Yakovenko and offers a revolutionary and highly effective approach to fitness.And my website, as you may have gathered from the above, is EmbodiedPresent.comPHILIP – Facebook PHILIP – InstagramPHILIP BOOKS: (these links are to Amazon, but all distributed by Random House (yay, Philip!), you can find them in your friendly, neighborhood bookstores)Radical WholenessNew Self, New WorldDeep FitnessOTHER RESOURCES, LINKS AND INSPIRATIONS: IAIN McGILCHRIST – websiteILARION MERCULIEFF – Aleut Nation TedTalks: Native KnowingThe Womb at the Center of the Universe RICHARD LATTIMORE – his translation of The OdysseyNOH THEATRE:A short National Geographic filmA Noh play called Tomoe  BYRON ROBINSON: The Abdominal and Pelvic Brain PDF selections The Abdominal and Pelvic Brain book TANDEM:
Bridging Divides with Rachel Fell: Neurodivergence, Conscious Body Awareness & Inclusive Intelligence
06-12-2023
Bridging Divides with Rachel Fell: Neurodivergence, Conscious Body Awareness & Inclusive Intelligence
Content Heads Up: This episode contains, among other things, a deep, frank conversation about the mind-body divide, neurodivergence, giftedness, perfectionism, sameness and diversity, roller derby, some swear words, a lot of humor, and of course, some challenges and gifts of being bodies.SYNOPSIS: Ali and Rachel engage in a profound conversation, embarking on a journey to explore the Cartesian Divide and the enduring influence of philosopher, René Descartes, who famously proclaimed "I think, therefore I am." They delve into how this notion has influenced the modern perception of self, often overemphasizing the thinking mind while neglecting the intelligence inherent in the body. They discuss the importance of broadening our understanding of intelligence to encompass the body's brilliance. This leads to a discussion of diverse processing styles among individuals, with Rachel's non-verbal thinking style serving as an example. The conversation underscores the significance of acknowledging these variations, seen and unseen, and respecting them as a basis for a healthier world. Rachel's personal journey, from her roller derby experiences to her current understanding of intelligence, serves as a testament to the importance of holistic self-concept. As with self-concept and the body, Rachel also illuminates how branding “the body” of a company is a dynamic process rather than a static entity. Rachel shares insights into viewing organizations as living systems, in constant evolution and interconnectedness. The discussion also emphasizes the crucial choice of shifting from an "or" perspective to an "and" perspective, highlighting the importance of inclusivity. Rachel gives us an insightful, and very much needed perspective on “how to how” for a better world.EXPLORATION POINTS:-Ali and Rachel dissect the influence of Descartes' "I think, therefore I am" on the modern perception of self, challenging the overemphasis on the thinking mind.-Rachel explains neurodiversity and neurodivergence by emphasizing the uniqueness of individual processing and advocating for a broader understanding that respects diverse processing styles.-They explore the various forms of intelligence that exist within individuals, and that the body is key to recognizing sameness and accepting difference. The conversation underscores the importance of inclusivity in how we relate with ourselves and how we relate with others. -Rachel and Ali dig into the dynamic nature of self-concept and the evolution of organizations as living systems –and bodies themselves. Rachel also emphasizes the complexity of defining the self in professional settings, challenging the notion of compressing one's complete self into a work self and advocating for an expanded and congruent experience. -Ultimately, this episode explores the multifaceted nature of intelligence and the need to accept (and celebrate!) diversity in all its forms… we bridge divides. TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/mSEOogJYaEUTo subscribe now, click hereTo be an angel to the podcast, click here To read more about the podcast, click here FOR MORE ALI MEZEY:ALI - WebsiteALI - LinkTreeFOR MORE RACHEL FELL:BIO: Rachel Fell is an independent coach, consultant, and educator decoding true identity in organizational leadership, strategy, brand, and communications.  Engaging embodied intelligence, she helps her clients find the core and congruent truth of what they have to offer the world.Rachel is a champion of radical inclusion, recognizing and celebrating diversity, both seen and unseen. Uncommonly creative and capable, she excels in challenging self leaders, entrepreneurs, and organizations to go beyond theIr prior prejudices and preconceptions of what is possible.  Her sweet spot is where the interconnectedness underpinning evolution, living systems, embodied psyche, and expressing identity meet.In addition to working with organizations and businesses on their most complex challenges, Rachel coaches neurodivergent and neurocomplex adults, guiding them on their journeys to understanding, acceptance, and success.Herself assessed as neurodivergent in 2018, she's also a published author and speaker on the topic. RACHEL – WebsiteRACHEL – InstagramOTHER RESOURCES, LINKS & INSPIRATION:Our bodies and Our thoughts: The Cartesian divideMoving Beyond Either-or Debates: An invitation to Reconcile Ideological Divides in Evidence-Based PracticeScience Set Free - Rupert SheldrakeQ&A: What is Intelligence? - Hopkins MedicineRedefining Intelligence - Rachel Fell on the Third Way PodcastWhat is Neurodiversity?Updated Autism / ADHD / Giftedness Venn diagram – Tending PathsHigh, Exceptional & Profound Giftedness - InterGiftedAn Immense World - Ed Yong The Midnight Gospel, Episode 8 - Mouse of SilverGLOSSARY:René Descartes (1596–1650): French philosopher, mathematician, and key figure in modern philosophy. Known for "Cogito, ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am) and contributions to the scientific method and analytical geometry.Cartesian Divide: The conceptual separation between mind and body, coined after René Descartes, emphasizing a dualistic view of human existence, isolating mental and physical aspects.Neurodivergence (Rachel’s definition): “How we process is markedly different – different enough to be experienced, different enough to be reflected back to us by somebody outside of our experience.”
The Body is a Gift with Gil Hedley: A Reverential Journey into the Human Body
06-12-2023
The Body is a Gift with Gil Hedley: A Reverential Journey into the Human Body
CONTENT HEADS UP: This episode contains (among other things) a deep, frank conversation about life, death, Catholicism, the cosmos, reverential dissection, body phenomena, including orgasm, service, enlightenment, circumcision, some swear words, a lot of humor, and of course, some challenges and gifts of being bodies.And in case it’s not clear, Gil dissects, with dedication, “donor forms” - no longer inhabited bodies gladly donated by their prior inhabitants - to illuminate the wonders of the human body so that we might all live ours more fully. SYNOPSIS: In this episode, Ali talks with Gil Hedley, educator and the producer of the Integral Anatomy series, who offers a expert perspective on the human body from the inside out. With a background in Theological Ethics and decades of dedication dissecting donated human bodies, Gil views the body as an archaeological site, exploring the layers of the human form and what they reflect about the near-infinite complexity of human existence. This episode delves into, as Gil calls it, a “re-branding of the human body” - giving us life-enhancing “re-conceptions” of the heart and body phenomena (fat, the foreskin, blood, orgasm) we have taken for granted and/or completely misunderstood. This conversation also explores the harmful effects of body fragmentation, and the interconnectedness of spirit and matter. Viewing the body through Gil’s extraordinary professional, and personal, perspective gives us a window into our inner-universe and beyond to our cosmic identity. After listening, your experience of being a body will never be the same! A warning: the episode includes frank and loving discussions of death and human dissection.EXPLORATION POINTS:-Ali and Gil dive into intricate topics related to the human body and consciousness, challenging conventional views of the body and exploring the existential complexity of human anatomy.-Gil shares his unique journey from considering priesthood to becoming a different kind of "priest" on a mission to rebrand the human body as a gift. This conversation critiques dualism, discusses integral anatomy, and emphasizes the need to shift away from body as a problem.-Gil reconceptualizes anatomy, challenging mechanistic views of the body specifically by exploring: 1) how the heart is not a pump, 2) how fat is intelligent, and 3) how the foreskin is precious.-Gil and Ali challenge cultural aesthetics, explore what “somanaut” means, and share personal stories and challenges related to embodiment with a lot of humor. TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/99A3uNDtLlMTo subscribe now, click hereTo be an angel to the podcast, click here To read more about the podcast, click here FOR MORE ALI MEZEY:ALI - WebsiteALI - LinkTreeFOR MORE GIL HEDLEY:BIO: Gil has been teaching integral anatomy in the dissection laboratory, via keynotes and speaking tours, and online via his extensive website and subscription portal, www.gilhedley.com, and YouTube channel, "Somanaut," since 1995. He is the producer of The Integral Anatomy Series, the Anatomy from A to Z Project, and The Nerve Project, as well as being the author of several books and anatomy models. He is based at the Institute for Anatomical Research in Colorado Springs, CO, where he teaches, films, and serves as Board President.GIL – YoutubeGIL – InstagramGIL – FacebookThe Nerve Project/The Nerve Tour - Find Gil in a town or city near you LIVE! Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to rock your world and the way you see and experience bodies!THE NERVE PROJECTGIL HEDLEY: A few favourite videos…The Amazing ForeskinPars Intima: A Rebranding Campaign for the Human BodyThe Heart-Brain (just a gorgeous 5-minute video that will transform your understanding of your heart and brain)BY GIL HEDLEY: The Sacred StuffNo thing  is made sacred  by being set apart,  separated,  hallowed. No one  becomes holy.  From adulation,  pomp, or prayer,  what clump of this,  or lump of that, what bits of flesh,  or outcast,  does not hail directly from the same precious source of holy waters and holy men.  Flesh, too, aches.  from the divine stirring within  and the scraps flung to dogs  turn to light  and scat alike  all beyond comprehension  perfect  the sacred stuff is all  every yearning  star and burr  the exalted and the lowly  songs cries  and moans  the fleeting and the lasting  everyone  a turning wisp of smoke  rising from the altar  burned sweet  holy  and acceptable. GONE IN THE EPISODE ALONG WITH A LOT OF LAUGHTER, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: ALI: “Is it on Amazon or on your website or where can you get it?”GIL: “It's on my website. I don't want to give Jeff Bezos anything more to do. He's got a lot covered, you know, so I'm thinking: Oh my god, Jeff, God bless you. You came up with a big idea there.” ALI: “You're hilarious, Gil. You're fucking funny, man.” Find Gil’s published works, and oh, so much more brilliant bodied stuff here.OTHER RESOURCES, LINKS & INSPIRATION:CANDACE PERT: Molecules of EmotionMICHAEL TALBOT: The Holographic UniverseWILHELM REICH:
Meet The Brilliant Body Podcast & Ali Mezey!
06-12-2023
Meet The Brilliant Body Podcast & Ali Mezey!
CONTENT HEADS UP: This episode contains (among many fabulous things) some swear words.SYNOPSIS: Join Somatic Facilitator & Media Maker, Ali Mezey, as she introduces you to an exciting new series of conversations exploring somatic intelligence: The Brilliant Body Podcast. In this brief introduction, Ali delves into the motivations behind this groundbreaking podcast. She also introduces three of her captivating guests – Integral Anatomist Gil Hedley, Coach & Creative Strategist Rachel Fell, and Embodiment Leader Philip Shepherd – each of whom will be featured in the first three episodes. Ali and these pioneering body masters set the stage for future episodes with incredible guests, each of which provides a unique exploration of the body’s vast intelligence.  Brilliant Body conversations are inspiring, enlightening, and even transformative – each its own unique immersive, relational journey into the world of body brilliance. Listeners will expand their understanding of (and access to!) their own embodied brilliance through the intriguing conversations and diverse perspectives that will unfold, episode by episode. So Meet the Brilliant Body Podcast! Then listen, subscribe, and join us on a r/evolutionary journey to re/discover the brilliance within our bodies, and beyond.To subscribe now, click hereTo be an angel to the podcast, click here To read more about the podcast, click here ALI MEZEY BIO: Ali is a seasoned Body Therapist, Family Constellation Work Facilitator, and Sexologist with over 40 years of experience. The work she does with clients enhances their experience of being a body, which leads to a more authentic and enjoyable expression of the whole self.Ali is also an independent educator sharing her proprietary methods – Personal Geometry® and ProprioMassage® – with students across the globe. ProprioMassage® is hands-on body therapy that nurtures connection between awareness and felt experience, bringing mind into matter. Personal Geometry® is a hands-off somatic modality adapted from Constellation Work that liberates emotions, hidden loyalties, cultural inhibitions, and physical and sexual pain rooted in trauma.While these unique approaches benefit everyone, Ali has found particular success in working with those struggling with addiction and sexuality challenges. With a passion for the brilliance of the body, Ali focuses on enhancing the experience of being embodied — physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and sexually. She also advocates for the inclusion of somatic intelligence through projects like The Brilliant Body Podcast© and The Victory Body Project©.Thanks for listening. If you enjoyed what you heard, please subscribe, review and share with the other brilliant bodies you know![From time to time, a word or phrase goes wonky. Please forgive my wandering wifi.]