Healing the Heart of Connection: Medicine for Nervous Bodies and Blossoming Spirits
Connection is the foundation of life. It takes infinite forms and expressions. We and the animals of this planet depend on the food and oxygen created by the plant life on the earth, who depend on the water and sun to feed them so they stay alive, and the bees and birds to pollinate them, and so forth. In our bodies, a microcosm of these relationships also exists. Each of our organs depend and feed off of each other, and at every moment, all the cells of our body are working together towards what is needed to make life possible, utilizing the nutrients of the earth as the fuel to do so. If one system of our body fails, the balance of the others is also affected, and somewhere some other organ is picking up the slack. If one element of this Earth fails, the rest suffer, and we will all be ailing. Between human relationships, this again exists. From the very fact of being born from the body of our mother, who was born of our grandmother, and great grandmother and beyond, to depending on the direct care of other humans in order to survive our first several months and years of life at the very basic level. Every aspect of our physical livelihood is a manifestation of deep indispensable connection.
As humans, most of us are acutely aware of the profound impact connection has on our lives as expressed through our interpersonal relationships with one another. Even though connection marks the most foundational and basic tenement of our lives, many humans struggle to find fulfillment and ease in our relational lives. Healthy connection is dependent upon our ability to restore authenticity and connection within our own selves first. Internalizing childhood familial roles, societal pressures, emotional and physical traumas, inevitable losses and unresolved grief, separation from our original homes, identities, and cultures, and increased stress at the physical, practical, and emotional levels are all common realities for many people living in the world today. It is the common lack of ability to genuinely process these experiences that has made connection sometimes feel distant, pained, or difficult. With the loss of cohesive community structures, traditions, and the adequate time to tend to and honor many of these experiences in an intimate way, it is at the very heart of the suffering many humans experience, and the root of the suffering many humans cause- to both the environment, our selves, and one another.
This line of medicine is dedicated to healing the heart of connection in both our hearts and bodies, honoring and transforming the very real experiences in life that sometimes disrupt us from the trust, safety, authenticity, presence, and wholeness needed to embrace our deep inter-connectedness (including connection with ourselves) in profoundly healthy ways. Trauma, grief, anxiety, fear, intimacy, shame, and love are amongst some of the dis/connection experiences that may be addressed in this line of medicine. At the physical level, connection is embodied by the workings of our nervous system, which are a vessel of communication and sensation throughout the whole body. The nervous system and its stressors (often times linking directly to the emotions stated above) are nourished, restored, and supported by this line of medicine.