A friend recently rejoiced in the change they had seen in me through my practice and work in relation to being seen more fully. She said that when she had first met me (some years ago), she had the impression that I might have hidden behind a chair if I had been able to. It was interesting to hear this reflection and observation from someone who knows me well. She also said, that I am now more and more able to allow myself to be seen by friends and those around me.
‘Yes,’ I thought, ‘And most importantly, be seen by myself too!’ Through receiving and practicing Rosen, I have become more used to and comfortable with looking at how I am (from muscular holding to emotional responses) and learning to acknowledge whatever I find. Reading this, you may think this sounds terrifying – certainly, I would have been very uncomfortable with this idea some years ago! But, the reality for me seems to be more opportunities to live life more fully, connect more deeply and be relaxed and at ease more in day to day life.
Many of us spend our lives avoiding being seen, or attempting to only show certain parts of our experience. We might subconsciously want to be seen as ‘a good girl/boy’ or as ‘strong, independent and dependable’, but less keen to be seen as someone who is angry, afraid or sad. We might not even realise that we are holding these views of how to be in world, but there is often an unconscious difference between how we present ourselves and the whole truth of our experience. We each carry with us aspects of our experiences over our lives that are challenging to meet and acknowledge and when we don’t accept them, it can result in a disconnection with ourselves, our bodies and even those around us. My experience of Rosen has been that through gently inviting these aspects of my experience to unfold, have space and express themselves, I have been able to open more fully into life with them.
We may find it is a relief to be able to start to see these rejected and ‘unacceptable’ parts of ourselves. To see the raging toddler who needed to stamp and scream, or notice the sad and lonely teenager who was in need of love and affection. It doesn’t meant that we need to live our lives as our ‘raging toddler’ or ‘lonely teenager’ and be stuck in those modes, but that by allowing those experiences to be felt in the body, expressed, and witnessed by ourselves and our practitioner, we may be able to let go of the hold they have on our lives and find some liberation from our past experiences.
Rosen for me is a tool which guides me towards deeper self-awareness and interest in the subtleties of my experience. Over time, I have become more aware of how my breath changes, what areas of my body tighten or relax and how emotions present themselves to me in the body and mind in different situations. This is something I have really explored in Rosen sessions with my practitioner, as well as in my daily practice, meditation and life. There is always more we can open to, more we can learn and therefore more possibilities to be fully alive in the world. And this awareness also offers us opportunities to be more open and more spacious for those around us. I notice that as my own capacity to hold, acknowledge and be real with myself grows – my capacity to hold the experiences of those around me and the wider world also increases. By allowing space for ourselves to touch into the truth of our experience, we can allow more spaciousness to be with life more fully.
If you are interested in exploring the tools that Rosen method can offer in self-awareness and care, get in touch to book your free consultation call. The call is an opportunity for you to find out more about Rosen, ask any questions you may have, and for me to ask some questions about you to get a sense of you in your life at this time. I am currently offering a number of half-price first Rosen sessions, so get in touch if you would like to take advantage of this offer. Or if you know someone who might benefit, then please do pass on my details.
Warmly and with gratitude,
As a Rosen Method Intern, I am practicing under supervision. All information you share with me is confidential and I adhere to the Rosen Institute codes of conduct and am a member of the Complimentary Health Professionals (CHP) and The Rosen Institute (RI).