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Issue: December Newsletter
The Survival of the Nurtured

By Catherine Dunne
“We are not the survival of the fittest, we are the survival of the nurtured”, Louis Cozolino. While out walking with my dog recently I was listening to a podcast by the Mindfulness teacher Tara Brach and she shared this quote by Louis Cozolino. It stopped me in my tracks. What an update, and what a reframing for an old held belief! We are fit BECAUSE we are nurtured, and what makes us fit and resilient, what supports us to thrive, is how nurtured and resourced we are. For me it was one of those moments when I heard something that I know is true in my bones articulated out loud for the first time, and something about my understanding of what makes us resilient shifted.

On reflection I realise how true this has been in my own journey. When I have learned to access more support/nurturing from myself, others, my community and beyond, it has often been the turning point, the difference between getting or staying stuck and being able to soften, move ahead and through.

In my almost 10 year journey with Movement Medicine from student right through to teacher and facilitator I realise at the core, I have been learning how to exponentially better and better resource and nurture myself. This has happened through moving deeper and deeper into connection; connection to my own body, heart and mind, my own truth and knowing, my own vulnerability and strength and to all the support that is right there seen and unseen all the time. This has probably been Movement Medicine’s biggest gift to me.

This depth of nurturing is what has made it possible for me to challenge and enquire into the difficult and unexamined stories I can tell myself about myself, others and the world. This visceral, consciously embodied experience of how nurtured I am by the world around me has been the bedrock for some of the deepest healing and change I have been able to receive and enact in my life.

The power of connection, of being truly seen and met within myself and/or by another is humbling. The simple, although sometimes challenging, practice of coming back to my own body, to feel what is true there and re-member myself, to find and re-member my breath, my feet, my spine and my heart. The power of re-membering that I am earth, fire, water and air, that I am and we are always connected even when we forget. Re-membering that we are not alone but connected infinitely, is powerful medicine and key to unlocking the places that are frozen or deeply stuck. This re-membering also helps me learn to move with some of the potentially paralysing feelings like isolation, fear and rage. Consistently increasing our capacity to connect to enough resource and support to move and begin to dance with whatever is true in a given moment, I believe, contributes to us being nurtured in the way Louis Cozolino refers to. It is also right at the core of Movement Medicine practice.

I am so grateful for this practice and for the ever renewable medicine of re-membering myself and expanding my experience of all I am connected to time and time again. Quite simply it strengthens me, makes me fit.

My reflections have got me pondering, What if in these turbulent and worrying times one of the most powerful things we can do is to connect, resource and nurture ourselves and one another as deeply as we can? I have no idea how that would work out but I notice something deep in my heart and my bones stirs, exhales and says yes.

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The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the School of Movement Medicine. Roland Wilkinson, Nappers Crossing, Staverton, Devon TQ9 6PD, UK Tel & Fax +44 (0)1803 762255 http://www. schoolofmovementmedicine.com